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Apple’s earnings call: iPhone price cuts and services help stem declining sales

iPhone sales continue to sharply decline, according to Apple’s earnings statement for its second fiscal quarter, though its stock and services business are up today.Apple’s all-important iPhone revenue was down another 17% for the quarter ending on March 30, amounting to $31.05 billion. A year ago we saw iPhone revenue at $37.56 billion.You can chalk up people’s continued upgrade aversion to newer, more expensive iPhones. The iPhone XS Max is Apple’s most expensive phone ever, the ‘budget’ iPhone XR is still quite pricey, and the iPhone XS didn’t change very much from the iPhone X.New iPhone 11 rumors point to a triple-lens camera upgrade and the capability to wirelessly charge other devices (handy for the new AirPods 2019), but Apple’s handset isn’t expected to get a groundbreaking smartphone redesign, unlike its competition.
How it’s stemming iPhone bloodletting
Apple noted that price drops in certain countries did help it see some recovery, so its declines were “significantly smaller later in the quarter,” according to CEO Tim Cook during today’s Apple earnings call. Sadly, Apple no longer releases numbers for how many iPhone units it sells. Its Mac sales saw a minor dip (Apple blamed on “processor constraints on certain models”), while iPad sales were up (Apple highlighted the new iPad Air and iPad mini). The company’s catch-all Wearables, Home and Accessories category saw a nice bump.Services are what Apple has been talking up the most recently, and today’s earnings call was no different. It’s up to $11.45 billion from $9.85, which Apple touts as breaking new records for Apple Music, the App Store and Apple Pay.The company just launched Apple News Plus and the forthcoming Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade are coming later in 2019. They’ll join Apple Music in driving new subscription-based revenue.”Service account for 20% of our March quarter revenue and one third of its gross profit dollars,” according to Apple CFO Luca Maestri during the Apple earnings call.Of course, Apple’s iPhone revenue is still 2.8 times larger than its growing services category and it’s becoming a perilous business to be in. Netflix has spent $15 billion on original content, HBO has shows that are household names like Game of Thrones, and Disney Plus launches on November 12 with a Disney, Marvel and Star Wars-packed back catalogue.
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The Valve Index headset will officially usher in VR 2.0 hardware on June 28

After accidentally leaking images of the headset last month, Valve has just officially announced how much the new Valve Index VR headset will cost and when it’ll go on sale. Per the software juggernaut, it will be available in a bundle with the new controllers starting on June 28 for $749 (around £575, AU$1,060) with pre-orders opening up tomorrow. That said, the aforementioned bundle doesn’t include the lighthouse sensors. You’ll either need to supply your own from a previous-generation HTC Vive headset or step up to the $999 (around £765, AU$1,400) Valve Index package that includes the controllers, the headset and the trackers.
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If that all sounds like a lot of money to spend at one time, however, Valve is doing something that no other company has done before: sell everything piecemeal. If that’s the route you want to go down, you can expect to drop $499 for the Index Headset, $279 for the Index Controllers and $149 for the new base stations. (Weirdly, from the numbers provided by Valve you can seemingly buy the $749 Valve Index VR bundle and the $149 tracking stations separately to save $100…)Valve picked an interesting day and time to announce its headset, dropping all this information minutes before the start of today’s Facebook F8 keynote where Mark Zuckerberg announced the price and release date of the company’s new Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S headsets that will ship in May for just $399. 
And you thought the games were expensive…
The Valve Index’s price probably requires a bit of an explanation. It’s definitely pricey, but Valve has really tried to make the best VR headset on the market in terms of specs.According to information available on the Steam Store, the Index will use an LCD RGB display with a 1440×1600 per-eye resolution – which, according to Valve,  provides 50% more subpixels than the rival OLED screen used in the Oculus Quest. The Index will run at a native 120Hz refresh rate, with 90Hz backwards compatibility and an experimental 144Hz mode. On top of all that, the Index VR headset has a 20-degree wider field-of-view than the other headsets on the market.These are game-changing specs, and would help rationalize the price.That said, picking today of all days to announce a new headset is a risky move. On one hand, Valve’s new headset is giving bleeding-edge consumers a new top-tier headset to lust over, but it also shows that Valve could be out of touch with consumers who have flocked to cheaper VR headsets like PlayStation VR in great numbers. Regardless, more competition and more investment in VR from all sides of the aisle is a very good thing and only helps move the industry as a whole forward. We’ll look forward to trying the headset out for ourselves when it launches later this year.
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Apple’s iPhone sales down 17% as it shifts to more services

iPhone sales continue to sharply decline, according to Apple’s earnings statement for its fiscal second quarter, though its stock and services business are up today.Apple’s iPhone revenue was down another 17% for the quarter ending on March 30, amounting to $31.05 billion. A year ago we saw iPhone revenue at $37.56 billion.You can chalk continued upgrade resistance to newer, more expensive iPhones. The iPhone XS Max is Apple’s most expensive phone ever, the ‘budget’ iPhone XR is still quite pricey, and the iPhone XS didn’t change very much from the iPhone X.New iPhone 11 rumors point to a triple-lens camera upgrade and ability to wirelessly charge other devices (like the new AirPods 2019), but Apple’s isn’t expected to offer a groundbreaking smartphone redesign.
How it’s stemming iPhone bloodletting
Apple noted that price drops in certain countries did help it see some recovery, so its declines were “significantly smaller later in the quarter,” according to CEO Tim Cook during today’s Apple earnings call. Sadly, Apple no longer releases number for how many iPhone units it sells anymore. Its Mac sales saw a minor dip (Apple blamed on “processor constraints on certain models”), while iPad sales were up and its catch-all Wearables, Home and Accessories category saw a nice bump.Services are what Apple is touting the most these days, and today’s earnings call was no different. It’s up to $11.45 billion from $9.85, which Apple touts as breaking new records for Apple Music, the App Store and Apple Pay.The company just launched Apple News Plus and the forthcoming Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade are coming later in 2019. They’ll join Apple Music in driving in subscription-based revenue.”Service account for 20% of our March quarter revenue and one third of its gross profit dollars,” according to Apple CFO Luca Maestri during the Apple earnings call.Of course, Apple’s iPhone revenue is still 2.8 times larger than its growing services category and it’s becoming a perilous business to be in. Netflix spends about $15 billion on original content, HBO has titan shows like Game of Thrones, and Disney Plus is a waiting in the wings, launching November 12.

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Here’s how Facebook is changing completely in 2019

After a brutal 2018, Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for the Facebook platform in 2019. Facebook is being redesigned with a focus on community and privacy.Zuckerberg made the announcements during Facebook’s F8 event that was held today near the company’s home turf in San Jose, California, where he addressed the past year of issues with privacy, security and decreasing trust in the platform.The new version of Facebook, codenamed ‘FB5’, will be the biggest change the social network has experienced in years: nearly every single aspect is changing in some way. There was a lot of information, but luckily we went ahead and gathered all the biggest bits of information right here. 

New web and mobile designs
The fifth major redesign of the Facebook app is incoming, codenamed ‘FB5’, and it will make communities – known as Groups – the focus, featuring a sleek redesign that should make it faster and more reliable, not to mention more visually appealing.The new Facebook mobile app will be going live today, too, and it should be much faster and more immersive. Facebook has made finding what you’re looking for more convenient, and more importantly claims to have made it safer and more secure. This is the biggest change to the Facebook app in five years: even the Facebook logo is being updated for 2019.There’s a new Facebook desktop website, too, and it should be much lighter on system resources, with the same design language as the mobile app. It will be coming in the next few months, with some updates showing up right away. 

All about building community
Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that Facebook’s focus is shifting to communities both public and private. This means that Groups are going to be the core focus: there are already tens of millions of active Groups on Facebook.Groups will be easier to find, and easier to participate in, thanks to a new, redesigned Groups tab. This will show you a personalized feed of all of your groups, so you can focus on your communities in a single place, rather than parsing them out from the rest of your News Feed. Users will also notice that Group recommendations will crop up in more places, but they’ll be more relevant to what you’re doing in the app. For instance, you may see more “buy and sell” groups show up in the Marketplace, and Today in Gaming may suggest a new gaming group for you to join. The News Feed will also be redesigned so that you can more easily share content directly to your Groups. But, this new community approach goes beyond Groups.

Facebook is launching Facebook Dating in more countries, along with a new feature called “Secret Crush.” The idea here is that you can opt-in to this program, and name up to nine of your friends that you have interest in. If they opt-in to the program and name you as one of their secret crushes, then you will be matched. However, if the secret crush isn’t mutual, no one will know the names you entered.Facebook Dating is already live in five countries, and will expand to 14 more today. The service will launch in the US at the end of the year. There will also be some new ways to meet friends, through the new “Meet New Friends” feature. This is also an opt-in feature, so that you will only be exposed to people who are open to meeting new people. This feature will also work with your Groups, so you can easily add new friends from your favorite community. 

Everything else
Facebook’s Marketplace is also getting some improvements. Namely, you’ll be able to both ship products across the continental US, and you’ll have the ability to pay for stuff safely and securely through the Facebook app. This should make shopping on the Facebook platform more secure for both sellers and buyers.The Events tab is also getting a makeover, and it will be easier to explore your city. You can coordinate with your friends, find local businesses and find a new favorite restaurant based on your own personal preferences. There are so many Facebook changes coming in the next few months, and it could change the way people use the platform day-in and day-out. At the very least, the hope is for these changes to make the social network grow more secure and less divisive.
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Here are the Instagram changes coming your way

Instagram looks like it will keep its spot as one of the top photo-sharing social networks in the world thanks to a slew of new updates announced today at Facebook’s F8 Conference.The biggest update is for creators who want to share their fashion choices with followers. No more dropping product URLs in a post’s comments or personal bio: starting next week, creators will be able to directly link to products through their post images by tagging specific items. Only participating brands will be linkable, which are listed in a company post. Instagram is getting in on fundraising, too. Today, US users (more countries later) will be able to raise money for causes they care about by using a specific sticker that links to a donation campaign. Instagram claims 100% of the funds will go to the chosen nonprofit; check out all the details on the Instagram post here.
New Camera, fewer followers
Finally, Instagram users will get a new camera design in the coming weeks, which rearranges all modes, new and old, into a radial dial around the shutter button. Users will also be able to share content that isn’t a photo or a video. With Create Mode, they can share “popular creative tools like effects and interactive stickers” – so users can post things without needing to take a picture or shoot a video, though the details are a bit vague.There’s another feature Instagram is toying with – or rather, an omission. The company is exploring hiding post ‘likes’ and video views while users scroll through their feed, starting with a trial in Canada, per TechCrunch. It’s not hard to see why: perhaps hiding interaction numbers will nudge users to appreciate posts on their merit, not how Insta-popular they are.
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Best premium WordPress themes of 2019

While there are thousands of free WordPress themes available, these are mostly suitable for hobbyists and small-time websites. Whether you are a food lover looking to monetize your passion or a business owner who wants to raise your company’s profile, WordPress can help.In this guide, you’ll discover five premium WordPress themes suitable for a wide range of professional users. By paying a few dollars, you’ll benefit from extra features such as displaying pictures in a slideshow or ecommerce compatibility.
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X
X is a paid WordPress theme suitable for all types of websites. The theme comes with four categories of built-in demos. Each of these themes cover a wide variety of potential projects. This means that no matter what you have in mind, X more than likely has a design suited to your needs.X comes with Cornerstone, one of the most popular WordPress web page builders. The drag and drop feature is easy to use. Users are able to see exactly what their page will look like live as they are building. This enables users to change and edit while building their site.There are a huge number of customization options, with which users can build a unique webpage.X comes with a feature called ‘the customizer’. This is a handy tool as many premium themes come with their own theme options page that are not entirely compatible with WordPress. ‘The Customizer’ is highly intuitive. It integrates seamlessly with WordPress. It will help you to customize the look and feel of your website. There is also Dynamic Content, which comes in handy when building out content throughout your site.The regular license for X is $59 (£44.4) which includes future updates and 6 months customer support. Users can opt to extend support to 12-months for an additional $17.63 (£13.3).
You can sign up for X here
Divi
Divi is a multi-purpose theme. It has website options for most users and is highly customizable.The theme comes with WooCommerce functionality. The drag and drop feature allows users to include pricing tables, video sliders, tabs and videos. A rating module is also available.Users can access a variety of pre-built layouts. These range from creating a sales page, multiple blog layouts and a variety of portfolio types.Divi is one of the few WordPress themes to include a front-end page builder tool with point and click editing. This gives users instant feedback on any editing that takes place.Users can upload logos, choose a new color palette, decide how many posts are displayed on a page and setup social media integrations amongst others.Newer users will find Divi particularly simple to use as you don’t need any coding skill or any former experience building websites. The user-friendly interface makes this process seamless. You can also optimize any page element to your liking with various CSS options.Divi allows you to use multiple rows, columns and content elements. All layouts are fully responsive.The theme comes with an impressive array of content elements which include audio player, bar counter, blog, number counter, shop, testimonial and contact form amongst others.Divi can also be translated into more than 30 languages such as Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Russian and Spanish.Users can try a demo version of Divi for free. Users can also purchase a one-year subscription to all of Elegant Themes’ products for $89 (£67.69). There is also a Lifetime option for $249 (£187.4).
You can sign up for Divi here
Uncode
Uncode is a multi-purpose theme suitable for most users. The theme offers users a huge variety of website demos. These include classic, portfolio, blog and ecommerce layouts.Uncode’s images are fully adaptive so that they adjust automatically to whatever screen size they are being viewed on.Users can edit their demos through the WPBakery Page Builder Plugin. They can also access to the handy drag and drop content editor. Uncode is compatible with most third-party plugins.The themes large media library makes it easier for users to embed any type of media to your WordPress site.Uncode has over 6 different menu types with advanced options. These include top right, justify, left, center, overlay, offcanvas and lateral.The theme is WPML certified and offers RTL (Right to Left) support. The premium themes included are VC Page Builder, VC Clipboard, VC Particles, LayerSlider, Slider Revolution and iLightBox. In the recent update, new features are available like animated headlines and highlighting effects, among other things.You can purchase for $59 (£44.87) and includes future updates and 6 months support. If you want to extend support to 12 months, an additional $17.63 (£13.3) is needed. Some online commentators have expressed frustration over difficulties with customization.
You can sign up for Uncode here
The Core
The Core is a multi-purpose theme which requires no coding skills.The theme has been built on the Unyson network to aid with customization. Users have access to the fully featured page builder. This allows you to edit the demos that are included or create new layouts to suit your needs. The Core theme includes demo content install. Users can choose from three different sliders: Slider Revolution, Layers Slider and its own custom-built slider. The theme is retina ready and fully responsive. Users can edit the colors of their theme using simple color pickers. The Core is also fully compatible with the WooCommerce plugin.Users have access to Google’s free collection of fonts. You can also choose to use the sticky header to ensure your menu bar always remains visible no matter how far down you scroll.The Core is translation ready and is compatible with WPML. Support is available through live chat 24/7 or email. There are also over 100 support articles.Users can purchase the theme for $49 (£37.26). Online commentators have lamented the lack of a front-end page builder.
You can sign up for The Core here
Foodie Pro
Foodie Pro helps users to create a beautiful blog based around all sorts of culinary delights.It is created by the Genesis Framework. This means your website will have a solid combination of this Framework along with WordPress. The theme comes with a huge amount of typography and color options.Users can build their site using up to 3 homepage and 5 site wide widget areas. These can be customized to fit around your brand.The theme allows users to upload their own logo with one click. There is also full support for text-based logos.Foodie Pro’s ‘Theme Customizer’ allows users to customize the theme’s settings, colors and backgrounds images.The ‘Foodie Pro Theme’ can be purchased for $129.95 (£98.85) for one year. This includes the Genesis Framework, Foodie Pro Theme, instant access, unlimited updates, supports, sites and access to detailed tutorials.If this is not enough, users can avail of the ‘Pro Plus Membership’ for $499.95 (£380.22). This includes all the ‘Foodie Pro Theme’ has to offer plus access to every theme the company makes including future themes.
You can sign up for Foodie Pro here
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Facebook makes major changes to Messenger for speed and privacy

Facebook has announced major changes to its products this week at it’s annual F8 keynote, and chief among them are updates to the Facebook Messenger app and WhatsApp. Facebook aims to overhaul Messenger while also enhancing WhatsApp.Last year, Facebook showed off Messenger 4, and since then it’s added dark mode, the ability to unsend messages, augmented reality features and more. Now, Facebook is aiming for considerable changes to the platform.After considerable backlash within the past two years over Facebook’s handling of sensitive personal data, the company is making a large push toward privacy. Many of the announcements at F8 this year have emphasized this push.For Messenger, this comes in the form of end-to-end encryption by default for communications, including not just text but also shared locations, video communications and more. This is a long-awaited feature for the popular platform, and will ensure the communications between users are protected from outside eyes, whether they be hackers, governments or Facebook itself.
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Big improvements
Beyond the enhancement to security, Facebook is planning to make the app dramatically better over the course of the year. The company is completely rewriting the app’s codebase to reduce the app size below 30MB in size and offer extra fast launching of the app, all without reducing the features offered by the app. These improvements can also reduce the app’s battery usage on smartphones.Facebook has further plans to make Messenger the fastest communication app on the entire planet, and wants to improve reliability. So, more people will be able to use the app with high-end and low-end devices alike.Another effort to simplify use for everyone is a push toward interoperability. So, going forward, Messenger users will be able to communicate with WhatsApp and Instagram users directly within the Messenger app.And, Facebook’s Messenger platform is getting a dedicated app for Windows and Mac computers with all the features of the mobile versions, including dark mode.WhatsApp is also getting some changes. Facebook is introducing the ability to share stories and locations similar to Messenger, and they’ll keep the same end-to-end encryption that has been a key aspect of WhatsApp. WhatsApp is also coming to Portal, Facebook’s smart display, so both Messenger and WhatsApp will be available on the device with end-to-end encryption for video chats.
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Dell bolsters SMB offerings with expanded Vostro portfolio

At its recent Dell Technologies World event, Dell announced the launch of the latest additions to its Vostro portfolio, the Vostro 15 5000 and Vostro 15 7000, designed with needs of small businesses in mind.The Vostro 15 5000 is the thinnest and lightest device in the product line, designed for on-the-go business professionals. The portable 13” notebook is 14.9mm thin and weighs just 1.18kg (2.16lb). The new 13-inch Vostro notebook is encased in an aluminum cover for added durability and the FHD display is surrounded by a 3-sided narrow border thanks to the new 2.7mm HD webcam. 
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While the HD camera provides a clear viewing experience, Waves MaxxAudio Pro boost volume and SmartByte software ensures video conferencing applications receive network bandwidth priority to reduce buffering, allowing business professionals to attend meetings from anywhere.
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If a 13-inch notebook is too small for your needs, the Vostro 15 7000 is Dell’s newest 15” laptop designed to cater to professionals who need a high-performance computer that can fit their budget.The new laptop is encased in aluminum and features a narrow border FHD display which is both durable and sleek. The Vostro 15 7000 can be outfitted with up to a Core i7 Intel Coffee Lake-H 6-core processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, a 97 week hour battery and an optional triple drive expand ability storage option.Vostro laptops include security features that are easy to use for any business users. An optional single-sign on fingerprint reader and built-in hardware-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip allow users to instantly authenticate their systems and rest easy knowing their data is well protected against cyber threats.Dell is also offering the option of Dell Pro Support with its latest Vostro laptops which provides customers with 24/7 direct telephone access to advanced-level technicians who are locally based relative to a business’ location.The Vostro 15 5000 will be available on Dell’s website next month starting at $849 and the Vostro 15 7000 starts at $1,149.
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Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Oppo Reno vs Honor View 20: which is the best smartphone for your kid?

If you’re looking for the best smartphone for your child, you’ve got to juggle a few factors: is it durable enough to survive all the knocks it’ll take, with a battery life to facilitate non-stop Snapchat? Will it have all the bells and whistles they’ll need for daily use? And is it affordable enough that you can easily replace it if they leave it somewhere?Several companies now are targeting their smartphones to the ‘youth’, and interpreting that demand in different ways to try and be the face of smartphones to the younger generation.
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Samsung threw its hat into the ring with the Samsung Galaxy A80, a smartphone with a slide-up back section that lets you flip its three rear cameras into three selfie cameras at the press of a button.The most recent company to take a shot at a young audience is Oppo, and the upcoming Oppo Reno phone sells itself as a phone designed for those who are “young at heart” – whatever that means. Its unique feature is a ‘shark-fin’ pop-up front camera, like a normal pop-up camera but smaller.You can’t talk about phones aimed at young people without mentioning Honor, as it aims its phones predominantly at a younger audience who still want all the features of more expensive flagships. Its most recent offering, the Honor View 20, is its newest attempt to win over younger hearts.But which one should you actually spend your money on, to ensure you’re getting the best phone for your kid? We’ve brought together the latest offerings from three leading smartphone makers to compare.
Design and display 
All three of the Samsung Galaxy A80, Oppo Reno and Honor View 20 have unbroken screens the size of the phone, which means the screen has no notches or front cameras dipping down from the top or the sides and getting in the way, and they have different techniques of achieving this.The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a large rear panel that pops up when you want to use the camera on the front, with a rotating bar housing the phone’s three rear cameras that spins around – it’s an elaborate contraption, but it does mean there’s no camera on the front to break up the screen.Meanwhile the Oppo Reno also has a mechanical component, but it’s a lot less complex. When you want to take a picture, a small ‘shark-fin’ pops up to point the front snapper at you.
The Opp Reno series ‘shark-fin’. Gif credit: TechRadar
The most simple front-facing camera comes from the Honor View 20 – it doesn’t have any moving parts, and instead its front camera sits in a ‘punch-hole’ in the screen itself. Technically this means the screen isn’t totally unbroken, but it looks like a full-screen device anyway, and there’s no delicate moving parts to fall apart if the phone is dropped.Speaking of screens, the Samsung Galaxy A80 has the biggest, with its 6.7-inch display, compared to 6.4 inches on the Oppo Reno and Honor View 20. Each phone uses different screen tech too, as the Galaxy A80 has a super-AMOLED display, while the Oppo Reno has AMOLED and the Honor View 20 has LCD. From our experience of displays we’d say AMOLED generally is better looking, but you’re not likely to notice a huge difference if you’re not comparing the phones directly.
The sizeable Samsung Galaxy A80. Image credit: TechRadar
As fitting its bigger screen, the Samsung Galaxy A80 has a larger body size too – it’s the most sizeable of the trio, with dimensions of 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm compared to the Oppo Reno at 156.6 x 74.3 x 9mm and the Honor View 20, the smallest phone, at 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1mm.Something worth bearing in mind is that the Honor View 20 is the only phone of the three to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so if you’ve got a beloved pair of earphones, that phone would be your best bet.
Battery life and camera 
A long-lasting battery life is one of the most important features in a phone for your kid, especially if they’ll be using it to text 25 hours a day and will habitually forget to charge it.In terms of raw battery capacity the Honor View 20 is the best phone, with a 4,000mAh power pack, but it’s not far ahead of the competition as the Oppo Reno’s battery has 3,765mAh and the Samsung Galaxy A80 is 3,700mAh – those capacities are all above average, so the “my phone died” excuse for not replying to texts will never work again.
The Honor View 20. Image credit: TechRadar
Battery capacity doesn’t necessarily translate to battery life, and some phones with lots of power storage don’t make the most of it, but each of these phones offers a whole-day battery life.Camera specs are one of the most fiercely competitive points of comparison between phones nowadays, and for many young people, who value a great picture, it might be the deciding factor between a great phone and an average one.The real photography powerhouse of the trio is the Samsung Galaxy A80 – because of its rotating bar it has a three-camera rear and front loadout. This consists of a 48MP main snapper, joined by an 8MP sensor boasting an ultra-wide lens, and an extra 3D depth sensor to take great selfies, by recognising the background of a picture in order to blur it.
What a flipping novel design. Gif credit: TechRadar
Taking a step down, the Oppo Reno has a 48MP main camera joined by 5MP depth sensing camera, which is used for portrait shots. Housed on the ‘shark-fin’, the front camera has a 16MP sensor and uses a wide lens, for wider group selfies.The Honor View 20 only has one rear camera, which is again a 48MP snapper, but it’s joined by a 3D time-of-flight camera which produces results not dissimilar to the Oppo Reno’s depth sensing camera, using time-of-flight (ToF) tech to accurately gauge short distances.Since only one of the handsets is available to the public at this point, we haven’t been able to directly compare them head-to-head to see how well they take pictures, but we’ll be sure to do that when we get our hands on the phones.
Features 
While the Samsung Galaxy A80, Oppo Reno and Honor View 20 all run Android 9 Pie, they all run different user interfaces – The Galaxy A80 runs on Samsung’s One UI, whereas the Oppo Reno is on ColorOS 6 and the Honor View 20 has Magic UI 2. The difference between these is largely aesthetic, although there are a few quirks and differences between them regarding navigation.
Honor View 20 on Magic UI 2. Image credit: TechRadar
You’d need to use the phones quite a bit to have any strong opinions on the UI navigation, so it won’t be a deal-breaker by any means, but aesthetically some of them could be considered a little garish.In terms of chipset, the Samsung Galaxy A80 and Oppo Reno run on Snapdragon 730 and 710 respectively – they’re fine mid-range processors, although the phones certainly won’t run big games or complete functions as quickly as high-end devices. The Honor View 20 boasts Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor – that’s a cutting-edge piece of tech, more so than the Snapdragons, and will be much better at tasks like gaming.There’s less distinction in terms of RAM between the phones though – each has 8GB RAM, although for the Oppo Reno and Honor View 20 there are 6GB RAM versions available too, if you think 8GB RAM is more than your kid will need. A higher RAM means a phone can do more processes at once, and 8GB is quite a top-end spec compared to the general smartphone market.
Verdict 
Since the phones haven’t all been released, it’s hard to judge them within the context of their prices – saying that we’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy A80 price to be quite a bit higher than the Oppo Reno’s or Honor View 20’s.
To buy or not to buy. Image credit: TechRadar
This higher price point reflects the Galaxy A80’s status as, disregarding price, probably the best phone of the trio – it has the biggest screen, most capable camera array, and certainly the best ‘novelty’ factor.However, whether it’s worth a higher price is another story – the other phones have important distinctions too. The Honor View 20 has a cutting-edge processor and impressive battery capacity, so if your kid loves to game on the go it’s probably the best option (although maybe not the best option if you don’t want your kid to game on the go too much…)The Oppo Reno is a worthwhile phone too – it packs some of the most middling specs of the trio, but it’ll likely end up being the most affordable if you want your kid to have a perfectly competent phone without breaking the bank.
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Best WordPress themes for portfolios in 2019

The days of printing your business portfolio and placing it in a cardboard folder are long since past.By placing your portfolio online you can advertise your brand by search engines, which will hugely raise your profile. It’s also much easier to update your portfolio as you introduce new products or services. One of the easiest ways to get started with your online portfolio is to use a bespoke theme for WordPress. In this guide, you’ll explore five such themes which have been created with portfolios in mind.
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Grand Portfolio
Grand Portfolio is designed to cater for those users involved in most areas of visual design. It works best for photographers, fashion designers and architects.The theme has a variety of gallery and portfolio modules. There are also choices for those interested in blogs and creating magazines. It’s useful for musicians as it has support for biographies along with event reservation support.Grand Portfolio themes can be viewed in split screen along with a full screen option for users who want to show off all their designs in their full glory. Users can utilize the infinite scroll option so that designs keep loading as you come to the end of each page.Users can customize elements color, background and typography with the built-in live customizer. Revolution Slider and iLightbox are included with the theme. These two premium themes usually cost around $34 (£25.87) each.Users gain access to the built-in ‘Content Builder’. This comes with a handy drag and drop feature. Grand Portfolio is fully responsive. It has also passed Google’s mobile compatibility check meaning that it is SEO optimized.Users can purchase the regular license for $59 (£44.89) which includes future updates and 6-months support. An additional 12-months of support can be added for $17.63 (£13.41).Some online commentators have noted there is not a huge variety in demo layouts.
You can sign up for Grand Portfolio here
Kalium
Kalium is designed specifically for portfolios.There are multiple styles available. Each of which can be edited with the Visual Composer, Revolution Slider and LayerSlider plugins. These are all premium plugins and usually cost around $25 (£18.8). Users can customize fonts, colors, footer styles and opt to integrate with social media.Kalium is compatible with WPML and Multilingual Plugin. It has been translated into over 16 languages. It includes support for RTL languages such as Arabic, Hebrew and Persian. Users can customize their portfolio on the ‘Theme Option’s area. They can also choose some of the premade layouts. Users can select from over 100 portfolio types with options to align images, spacing and text options.Kalium is straight forward and easy to use. Newer users need not worry as no coding knowledge or experience is needed to start working on this theme.The theme is fully responsive and retina ready. It also comes fully documented making it simple to find the information you need to build your website.Users can purchase Kalium for $60 (£45.65). This includes future updates and 6-months support. This can be extended to 12-months for an additional $18 (£13.69).
You can sign up for Kalium here
Portfolio
Portfolio is designed by ‘MyThemeShop’. It is a multipurpose portfolio theme. Users can use the options panel to customize their theme, make their own code edits, or design edits using the Photoshop PSD files.  These are included in the extended plan.Users can utilize the advanced portfolio filters to organize their work the way they see fit.  Users can also show as little or as much of their work as they want by controlling how many columns of images are displayed. You can also edit image sizes.Portfolio comes with more than 600 Google Fonts. Social media integration is also included. There are unlimited color, background and sidebars options. Users can also customize widgets for their page. The theme is translation ready and supports RTL. The main source of support is through the theme’s forum. If an answer can’t be found, email support is also available.Portfolio can be purchased for $45 (£34.23) ($35 at the time of writing, due to a sale) and is SEO ready, speed optimized and responsive. The company also offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
You can sign up for Portfolio here
Furion
Furion is a portfolio theme which will display your work with a stylish twist.The theme includes several different portfolio layouts. These include grid and masonry with different column choices along with six hover animation styles.Each item on your chosen page includes 6 layouts, options to display gallery images in a slider, a media gallery and sticky information.Furion uses over 600 icons in Font Awesome along with the latest Google Fonts. The theme is also fully compatible with plugins such as Yoast which will help boost your SEOSupport is available through a ticket system along with full documentation. Furion is also fully responsive so it will look just as good on your tablet or smartphone as it does on your desktop.Users can build responsive pages with no need for coding with Visual Composer. Furion is fully integrated with Slider Revolution. This means users with no experience will be able to create beautiful presentations.Users can purchase a regular license for $33 (£24.8) which includes future updates and 6-months support. This can be extended to 12-months support for a further $7.88 (£5.9).Online commentators have noted that support can be slow to respond to tickets.
You can sign up for Furion here
Collective
Collective is best suited for graphic designers, architects, photographers, interior designers and web designers.There are many homepage designs available. Most of these can be viewed in fullscreen and include descriptive overlay and vertical sliders. Users can customize their forms with Contact Form 7. There is a collection of four sets of icons with over 2000 available to users. Collective is fully responsive and translation ready. It is also fully compatible with WooCommerce. Widgets can be used on sidebars, footers and through WooCommerce.Users can customize their page with the page builder included with the theme. There are four demos and over 12 layouts available. Users can access page templates and a huge variety of portfolio layouts. Users can purchase Collective for $49 (£37.28) which includes future updates and 6 months support. Support can be extended to 12-months for a further $13.88 (£10.4). There’s also a live demo.
You can sign up for Collective here
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