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We used our iPhone to ride the New York City subway today – it’s the future

New York City is hard. Fact. Here are two more NYC life facts: I’m never not carrying multiple things in my hand, and one thing I’m always juggling is my smartphone.That’s why I’m ready to say goodbye to fetching my yellow MetroCard every time I use the subway or bus, and say hello to New York’s contactless payment system.I was so ready for the changeover that I ‘camped out’ at Grand Central Station, as if this were an old-fashioned Apple launch, to be the first to use the MTA’s now publicly launched OMNY (One Metro New York) contactless payment system today.Using an iPhone XR and Apple Watch 4 to get through the Grand Central turnstile, I found it to be as seamless as it is overdue for New Yorkers. Here are some facts we discovered on our first contactless NYC commute.
It’s incredibly easy to use
It was hard to take a photo of the OMNY contactless payment process in action for this article simply because it happens so fast. But that’s the point of it, right?We didn’t need to unlock and open our iPhone, or authenticate with Face ID, to pay. Just holding the back of the phone up to the newly installed turnstile screen gave us the green light to start our underground journey. The thing that grabs me the most about this process is that it doesn’t require people to fetch their MetroCard when we all usually have a phone in hand. I see folks paw at their purses and slim jean pockets with their one free [non-phone] hand, looking for the thin card. OMNY represents less juggling for those of us who see each day go by in a New York minute. Bonus points: we don’t need to wastefully print out plastic MetroCards anymore.
But it was also unsurprisingly late 
I got to demo the MTA’s OMNY (One Metro New York) system the exact minute it went live to the public. It was, of course, a little bit late.Its noon launch actually happened at 12:19pm ET, and it slowly spread to all of the Grand Central turnstiles. I dashed for the first one that lit up to test it out.Late or not, seeing OMNY work without a hitch once the system was online was impressive. MTA workers overseeing the project were visibly excited (I even got a cheer when I went through the turnstile – again, big time Apple product launch energy).London, Chicago and other cities already have contactless systems like this installed (and have for years), so New York is late that different, too. Like we said, the transition is long overdue for the biggest transit system in the US.
Using an iPhone is great, using an Apple Watch is better
Paying with an iPhone via Apple Pay worked great. We haven’t tried using Android yet, but we will next trip, and we know it works with Google Pay in similar fashion.
The Apple Watch is even easier when you have things in your hand (Image credit: TechRadar)
Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab
That said, I could see myself using the Apple Watch more regularly when carrying other things in both my hands, or rolling a suitcase with my phone in my pocket. As long as you follow these directions, you won’t have to double tap the Side Button: Open the Watch app on your iPhone > tap the My Watch tab > Tap Wallet & Apple Pay > then tap Express Transit Card > Select your card and authenticate with your Apple Watch with your passcode.
New Yorkers are eager to use it… incorrectly
The entire week, I witnessed New Yorkers pressing their plastic yellow MetroCards up against the NFC reader screen… to absolutely no effect. They wanted it to work already.
They were even more confused when the screen went from saying ‘Testing phase,’ to saying ‘MetroCard only’ with a yellow background in the last 48 hours. To them that meant ‘press your yellow MetroCard here.’ It really meant, ‘Keep swiping.’Now both of those pre-launch messages have vanished and MTA employees have been handing out OMNY explainer pamphlets to people. But now that things work, everyone seem to know what to do.
Officially on 4-5-6 trains, secretly works elsewhere
Here’s something that wasn’t announced, but we discovered today: it works on more subway lines than the MTA announced – if the 4-5-6 runs through the same station.
The dedicated 7 train entrance in Grand Central also works with OMNY (Image credit: TechRadar)
Officially, it works on the 4-5-6 subway between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Staten Island buses. For our second test, we used it on the 7 train at Grand Central (even the dedicated 7 train entrance worked flawlessly for us).In other words, even if you don’t use the 4-5-6 subway, there’s a chance you could still take advantage of using your iPhone or Android to pay for your subway ride on a nearby track. The OMNY rollout is a lot bigger than anyone first expected.
But it’s mostly for tourists and one-off riders today 
Today is the beginning of the end of the MetroCard, but local New Yorkers with daily commutes may not be using it often because discounts fares don’t apply.It’s meant for one-off full fares: $2.75. Commuters won’t be able to add time (weeks or months) in 2019, and multiple ride discount seekers won’t find any small savings. Likewise, riders with disabilities will have to stay on the MetroCard, according to the MTA. Discounted rides via OMNY are a 2020 thing, alongside the system’s more widespread rollout.
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You’ll need iOS 12.3, but can’t use iOS 12.4 beta
I had to roll back to iOS 12.3.1 to add Express Transit to my default credit card within the Wallet app. The Express Transit settings menu option vanished in iOS 12.4 beta.That should change at WWDC 2019 should Apple officially launch iOS 12.4. Hopefully it remains an option if developers upgrade to the iOS 13 beta next week, too.
I ended up spending $16.50 to bring you this article
Oops. This article cost more than I anticipated simply because we have to tap our devices multiple times to get multiple photo, video and the full experience.The OMNY reader does provide ample time for you to get through the turnstile, but it also does eventually time out (it seems like a minute and a half if you don’t go through the turnstile). That’s important information to mention, and my noting it means I can write this off… hopefully.
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IoT attacks are the “new normal”

As the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to rise, new research from Irdeto has revealed that eight in ten organizations have experienced a cyberattack on their IoT devices within the past 12 months.The company’s new Irdeto Global Connected Industries Cybersecurity Survey questioned 700 enterprises in China, Germany, Japan the UK and US to learn more about how hackers have targeted their organizations and their IoT devices.Of the organizations whose IoT devices fell victim to a cyberattack, 90 percent experienced an impact as a result including operational downtime and compromised customer data or end-user safety.
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Irdeto’s research also discovered that organizations in transport, manufacturing and healthcare have suffered substantial losses due to IoT-related vulnerabilities with the average financial impact of an IoT-focused cyberattack costing more than $330k.
IoT security
The survey’s findings also suggest that the previous mindset of IoT security as an afterthought is changing. While the security mindset may be changing, the research suggests a distinct lack of optimism about the future of IoT security within these organizations with only seven percent of respondents stating that their organization is equipped to tackle cybersecurity challenges.Surprisingly, 82 percent of organizations that manufacture IoT devices are concerned that their devices are not adequately secured from possible cyberattacks. Additionally, 93 percent of manufacturers and 96 per cent of users of IoT devices said that the security of the IoT devices they manufacture or use could be improved.Vice President of IoT Security at Irdeto, Jaco Du Plooy offered some useful advice to organizations considering an IoT deployment, saying:“The benefits brought to a wide range of industries by connectivity and the Internet of Things are not in doubt. However, greater connectivity opens organizations and their customers up to a myriad of additional vulnerabilities that must be considered from the outset. If you want to take advantage of the benefits of connected devices or software, you need to choose wisely where to spend your time and budget. Organizations must understand the scope of their current risk, ask hard cybersecurity-centric questions to vendors and work with trusted advisors to safely embrace connectivity in their manufacturing process. Then organizations must incorporate multiple layers of security into their defenses.” 
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Verizon 5G: phones, coverage map and rollout cities

While Verizon started rolling out 5G for homes last fall, it’s currently bringing the next generation of mobile communication tech online with a nationwide rollout this year. But where is it coming first and which phones will you be able to use on it?The carrier hasn’t released any specifics on its plans aside from noting its 5G Ultra Wideband Network, as Verizon is calling it in press materials, will be announced for 30 US cities in 2019, and launch in 20 of those this year. The company has continued trickling out which cities will get 5G this year, and the latest count includes Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Phoenix, Washington DC, and San Diego.Verizon’s Ultra Wideband mobile network operates on frequencies at and above 24 Ghz, known colloquially as ‘millimeter wave’ (mmWave). These beam high-speed internet to your device, but they’re short ranged, and initial coverage has been limited to a handful of city blocks in each deployment.Obviously, you’ll need a phone that works with Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. More specifically, you’ll need a phone with the right specs (new processors and modems) to hook up to 5G networks at all. Below is a list of phones Verizon has already announced will be usable on its own 5G network. But first, here’s where the carrier has already rolled out its next-gen network – and where it’s going next.
Verizon 5G plans
At the moment, only Verizon customers with either Above or Beyond Unlimited plans can sign up for 5G service, which costs an extra $10/month. This fee is waived for those who purchase a new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G or a new Motorola Moto Z4, though this is likely a temporary discount. Note that the Moto Z3 and Moto Z4 (and this summer, the Moto Z2 Force) require the 5G Moto Mod to hook up to Verizon’s 5G network. The 5G Moto Mod costs $199, and can be purchased in Verizon online or retail stores, and requires proof of ownership of a compatible Moto phone, at least for now.
Verizon 5G cities rollout and coverage map
Currently, Verizon’s 5G coverage extends to certain areas and neighborhoods in Chicago and Minneapolis. At this early stage, expect coverage to be limited to a few square blocks in each of the named neighborhoods.In Chicago, Verizon 5G is live in parts of these neighborhoods: The Loop, Magnificent Mile, The Gold Coast, River North, and Old Town.In Minneapolis, Verizon 5G is live in parts of the Downtown West, Downtown East, and Elliot Park neighborhoods.As for the rollout, Verizon aims to launch 5G service in these cities by the end of 2019: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, San Jose, and Washington, DC.
Verizon 5G phones
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Moto Z4 (Verizon-sold model, with 5G Moto Mod)
The Moto Z4 is a sleeker, bigger iteration of the Moto Z line that’s solidly in the midrange category. It’s less impressive than the big, bad 5G-capable phones coming out this year (like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G), but it’s also less expensive. For a $500 list price plus the $199 5G Moto Mod, you’re in business – and have plenty of money left to pay data overage fees when you zip past your monthly cap while downloading at super-fast speeds.If you don’t need the latest and greatest, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Moto Z4. Its FHD+ 6.4-inch display (with a teardrop notch) will serve you just fine and the in-screen fingerprint sensor is a nice (if spotty) addition. The Snapdragon 675 is the latest midrange processor from Qualcomm, and while it’s not going to win any speed contests, it’s still fast enough for browsing and flipping between apps. The new, single 48MP camera uses software to achieve bokeh and depth effects – a growing trend among midrange phones – while the 25MP front-facing lens is an improvement across the board.
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Just keep in mind that, at least for now, only the Moto Z4 bought through Verizon (with the logo on the lower back, seen above) available in white will work with the 5G Moto Mod. The unlocked black model won’t, at least for the foreseeable future.
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Moto Z3 (with 5G Moto Mod)
The Moto Z3 is technically Verizon’s first 5G-capable phone, but only because Motorola planned long in advance to introduce a Moto Mod deliberately designed to connect the handset to a 5G networks.The caveat: you can’t buy the mod just yet (not that Verizon’s advanced network ready anyway), but when the accessory becomes available in the first half of 2019, you’ll be able pick it up on Motorola’s website here (and likely in Verizon stores).The Moto Z3 isn’t nearly as flashy as the other phones on this list, but it will be far more affordable, which gives Verizon an advantage over other carriers that are only backing the top 5G flagships. We don’t just mean “mid-range” affordable, either: the Moto Z3 launched last fall costing $480 (about £370, AU$650), and is doubtless a bit cheaper on the market by now. Even if the 5G Moto Mod has a stiff price tag, both will still be half or even a third as cheap as the other 5G-capable phones working on these carrier networks.Of course, don’t expect high performance at that price. The Moto Z3 packs a Snapdragon 835 – the top Android chip of 2017 – and starts at 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (you can opt for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for a price bump). Its 6-inch AMOLED display is fine, if an unremarkable 2,160 x 1,080 (FHD+). Its main 12MP f/2.0 rear shooter is supplemented with a 12MP monochrome lens for low-light, while the front-facing camera is an 8MP f/2.0 for selfies. Add in a 3,000mAh battery and you have a decent phone with classy, glossy glass front and back…though you’ll conceivably need to keep the 5G mod attached to its rear at all times to access Verizon’s advanced network. Still, it’s a compromise that should work well for folks who want hyper-fast 5G speeds, but don’t want to drop $1,000 or more to get it. And like other mods, the 5G Moto Mod will work with other Motorola phones – though it’s only confirmed to work with the Moto Z2 for now (compatible at some point after the Z3, per the product’s page).
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 Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 
Verizon will be getting the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the big, powerful 5G-compatible version of the Galaxy S10 flagship line. The phone is top-of-the-line, with impressive specs and a huge screen. It’s also expected to be pretty pricey. While we don’t have an official cost yet, the S10 Plus starts at $999 / £899 (about AU$1,398) and the 5G version outclasses it in most dimensions, so we’re expecting an even higher price tag.The phone has a massive 6.7-inch AMOLED display, packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset and comes with 256GB storage and 8GB of RAM. Like the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, the 5G variant has a trio of rear lenses (12MP wide, 16MP ultrawide and 12MP telephoto) along with a time of flight sensor to measure depth. It’s even got one of these TOF sensors on the front to augment selfies. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will become available to Verizon customers in the first half of 2019.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
At MWC 2019, Verizon announced a third phone will be usable on its 5G network this summer: the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Verizon isn’t the only carrier that will support LG’s new flagship, and given the vague timelines all carriers are proposing, it’s unclear if, say, Verizon will be getting the V50 later than Sprint, which claims it’s getting the phone “in the coming months.”In any case, the V50 is similar in size and appearance to last year’s V40 (down to the same 6.4-inch OLED screen), but with a few key differences. It packs the latest Snapdragon 855 processor, as expected from a 2019 flagship. But it also has two new changes: a bigger 4,000mAh battery and a vapor chamber to keep the phone powered and cool, respectively, during long media binge sessions.We still don’t know how much the V50 5G will cost, but given its predecessor was priced at $900 (around £690 / AU$1260) for launch last fall, we expect the new 5G version to be around or a bit higher than that.
MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world’s largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar’s world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone. 

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Panasonic S1H: 6K full-frame camera unveiled at Cine Gear Expo 2019

After weeks of rumors, teasers and all kinds of speculation, Panasonic has finally confirmed development of the third camera in its S series, the S1H.The S1H is set to be a video-focused addition to its newest camera line, joining the S1R and S1 models that were announced back in September – and it has the honor of being the first model of its kind to record 6K video.
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This can be captured at a maximum 24p in a 3:2 ratio, while 5.9K footage at 30p can be recorded in 16:9. Additionally, a 10-bit 4K option can shoot at 60p in either 4K UHD or 4K DCI modes, and Panasonic states that the model can capture footage for an unlimited length of time under certified operating temperatures.
V-Log comes to the S1
The S1H also comes with V-Log and V-Gamut pre-installed, which promise 14+ stops of dynamic range. This is in contrast with models like the GH5 that can only have V-Log made available via a paid-for update.Incidentally, Panasonic has also announced that users of its existing S1 model will also benefit from an update that will bring 14+ stops of dynamic range through a V-Log recording option, together with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K recording to 30p/25p internally and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K recording to 60p/50p output through the HDMI port. This update will be free of charge by redemption from July 8 2019 for existing S1 users, as well as for those purchasing the camera until September 30. Anyone updating their camera after this point will have to pay for the privilege.
New L-mount lenses
The S1H works with the same S-series optics as the S1 and S1R, which currently includes the Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4, Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S. and the Lumix S Pro 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S. lenses, although it’s also set to work with L-mount options from L-mount alliance partners, Leica and Sigma. 
Image credit: Panasonic
Additionally, Panasonic has re-iterated that it will be making 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/4 lenses available later this year for the system, something it disclosed earlier in the year in its roadmap for the line. Two teleconverters have also been announced for the S series, namely the DMW-STC14 and DMW-STC20, which apply a respective conversion of 1.4x and 2x. These are set to work with the existing S PRO 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S. and upcoming 70-200mm f/2.8 S lens, 
Panasonic S1H price and availability 
The S1H will be available in the fall at a price of $4,000 in the US, although pricing for the UK and Australia has not been confirmed as of yet.The DMW-STC14 and DMW-STC20 teleconverters, meanwhile, will retail at £489.99 and £579.99 respectively in the UK. Pricing for the US and Australia has not been confirmed.
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Panasonic makes the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. official

Panasonic has finally revealed full details of its Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens.The optic, which is said to be the world’s fastest constant-aperture f/1.7 wide-angle zoom, is compatible with the company’s G-series cameras like the G9, in addition to other Micro Four Thirds models, rather than its new full-frame S1 and S1R bodies.Panasonic first announced development of the lens back at last year’s Photokina event in September, and the official unveiling follows leaks of the specs and images.
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The lens boasts an effective focal length of 20-50mm in 35mm-equivalent terms, and has a constant maximum aperture of f/1.7. Panasonic has designed the optic with 17 elements spread across 12 groups, with three aspherical elements among these, on top of four with extra-low dispersion properties.The lens can be stopped down to f/16, and can focus as close as 28cm from the subject, giving a maximum magnification of 0.28x in 35mm terms. Its nine diaphragm blades, meanwhile, are claimed to produce a rounded diaphragm for attractive bokeh.As a more premium offering in Panasonic’s lens portfolio, it’s no surprise to find the casing has been protected against dust and splashes, and Panasonic claims that it remains operational when used in conditions as low as -10C. It weighs 690g and measures 128 x 87.6mm, and accepts filters with a 77mm diameter via a thread at its front.
As with other recent G-series lenses, the optic communicates at a rate of 240fps with the host body, and this is said to help it deliver fast focusing speeds. The lens also sports a focus clutch system that allows for focus to be quickly alternated between autofocus and manual.Panasonic has also crafted the lens with the videographer in mind, partly thanks to the inner focus system, which helps focus to be discreet, but also through a design that’s said to minimize focus breathing. The de-clicked aperture ring also allows the aperture to be adjusted smoothly and without any noise during recording, while a further micro-step drive system also make these adjustments discreet when panning and zooming.Panasonic has set a retail price of £1,799.99 for the lens in the UK and it should be available from July 15. Pricing for other territories will be made available shortly.
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Apple Music may replace iTunes at WWDC 2019

Apple could be retiring its iconic music software next week, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report came out on Friday – just three days ahead of Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote – and it gives some key details on the Cupertino-based company’s plan to bring the apps we use on iPhones like Apple Music, Apple TV and Podcasts to macOS. This could be problematic, as any iPhones currently use iTunes to manage backups and stored data but, according to Bloomberg’s report, that could all be moved to the new Apple Music app. Should these plans come to fruition, Tim Cook will likely explain the shift in full detail on Monday, but it seems like a smart move considering how much the music software is responsible for and how bloated it’s become in the last few years. Three apps could certainly spread the workload some… although it comes at the cost of one of the world’s most-recognized pieces of software.
Is this iTunes’ final overture?
What Bloomberg’s sources didn’t say is how long the migration from iTunes to Apple Music would take – if it will happen immediately or if Apple will draw it out for months. While we’ll still need specifics from Apple as to how the transition would work, it seems like an easy job porting your music library over to Apple Music and all your movies and shows to the Apple TV app. For the last two years Apple has used Music in lieu of iTunes on iOS, and – incessant offers to sign up for a monthly subscription aside – the change was barely noticeable.Either way, we’ll get full details on Monday morning at Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote.
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nreal unveils consumer and developer versions of its AR smartglasses

First unveiled at CES this year, the nreal light augmented reality smartglasses are now available in both a consumer and developer edition.The company has managed to bring AR smartglasses to the masses in a simple, yet wearable sunglass-like design that is much more approachable than Google Glass was when it launched in 2014.The nreal light Consumer Kit will retail for $499 and includes one pair of the company’s smartglasses that can be connected via a USB-C cable directly to compatible ‘XR optimized devices’. The device itself is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and allows users to enjoy immersive content on the go.
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Head of XR at Qualcomm Technologies, Hugo Swart explained how the company worked together with nreal to ensure Snapdragon smartphone support, saying:”nreal light provides a light-weight XR Viewer that allows consumers to take advantage of 5G including high bandwidth and low latency to deliver immersive experiences virtually anywhere. We worked closely with nreal to ensure Snapdragon smartphone compatibility and ecosystem integration to transform the way people connect and consume entertainment, and to further advance XR to make it the next generation of mobile computing.” 
nreal light
In addition to offering advanced AR capabilities at a reasonable price, the nreal light will also allow users to stream latency-free mixed reality content over 5G networks. Nreal has partnered with a number of carriers worldwide to offer 5G services for its smartglasses including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, KT, LG Uplus, Softbank and Swisscom.Developers looking to create applications and experiences for the platform can do so using the nreal light Developer Kit which includes a pair of nreal light glasses, a 3 DoF controller and the company’s proprietary computing pack for $1,199.Interested developers can apply on nreal’s website where they will be prompted to fill in information regarding their previous development projects and project ideas for the device. Developers will be selected on a rolling basis to purchase the nreal light Developer kit which will begin shipping in September.Nreal will also provide developers with an SDK which can be used to migrate existing applications to the platform or to create new ones.TechRadar Pro reached out to nreal and a spokesperson for the company informed us that an enterprise edition of the nreal light is also in the works which will feature a Qualcomm 845 chip.
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The 5 best components of Computex 2019: the coolest chips and drives

We’ve been in Taiwan at Computex 2019, checking out what tech companies envision for the future of computing gadgets. There, manufacturers have shown off new laptops, monitors, desktop computers and, most importantly, a whole host of components that can go inside.With so many new components appearing at Computex, it can be easy to lose track of the biggest and most exciting ones. So, we’ve set out to round up our picks for the best revealed at the show, letting you find them all in one place. Here, we’ll lay out al the best PC components from Computex 2019, so you can start planning your next PC build or get excited for future devices.Check out all of TechRadar’s Computex 2019 coverage. We’re live in Taipei to bring you all the breaking computing news and launches, plus hands-on reviews of everything from fresh laptops and desktops to powerful new components and wild overclocking demonstrations.
AMD was all but guaranteed to dominate Computex 2019, thanks to the anticipated announcements of 3rd-Generation Ryzen processors (CPUs) built on the 7-nanometer (nm) Zen 2 architecture. And, AMD delivered. The new Ryzen 3rd-Gen chips were announced with staggering core counts up to 12 cores and 24 threads. The company is launching the new CPUs on July 7, and has an initial lineup of an 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X at $329 (about £260 or AU$475), a 10-core Ryzen 7 3800X at $399 (about £315 / AU$575), and the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X at $499 (about £395 / AU$720). In a benchmark, the Ryzen 7 3800X went toe-to-toe with the Intel Core i9-9900K and performed evenly while costing substantially less.The launch of an AMD Navi graphics card was just a sweet little extra.
A new era of storage speed is coming by way of PCIe 4.0, the new interface coming to motherboards with incredible bandwidth. And, taking advantage of the new interface’s speeds is Gigabyte’s Aorus NVMe SSD, which can outpace previous SSDs by over 40%. The new SSD will need a new motherboard with the PCIe 4.0 interface, but when it’s paired with one, it can hit sequential read speeds of 5,000MB/s and sequential write speeds of 4,400MB/s. That’s a huge leap over even Samsung’s new 970 Evo Plus SSD.
While Intel had some more typical computer components to show off at Computex 2019, outlining its vision for the future, the slickest among them was the Intel NUC Compute Element. The company has put out plenty of NUCs before, which have been small barebones PCs. But, this one is a small card that can slot into a chassis to easily upgrade existing hardware. In other words, you could have a laptop with a big screen, speakers, keyboard and ports, and when it’s time to upgrade, you’d just slide out the old card and slide in the new card. Everything else would remain. The NUC Compute Element will be available in the first half of 2020.
Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors are finally coming, and they’ll appear in laptops later this year. While they’re not going to be your standard desktop CPUs, and they won’t go head to head with AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs, they will power capable new laptops. But, perhaps most exciting is the trick that Ice Lake CPUs have up their sleeves. The new CPUs will come with Intel’s Gen11 graphics, which offer a substantial boost from the previous integrated graphics and may even be able to handle even some AAA PC games.
In partnership with Lenovo, Qualcomm as announced a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) called the Snapdragon 8cx. The new computing system will not only be a 7nm platform for mobile computers, but it will also deliver 5G connectivity to laptops.While 5G is still a nascent technology, rolling out slowly and lacking anything close to the level of coverage offered by 4G LTE, it will be the future connectivity standard. Laptops with 5G connectivity built-in will be able to take advantage of the high bandwidth and low latency of the connection, making them even more capable of taking advantage of cloud computing.

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China planning its own blacklist after Huawei ban

The ongoing trade war between the US and China is showing no sign of slowing down and it could actually get worse as China has announced plans to follow in the US’ footsteps by creating a blacklist of its own.The US recently created an Entity List filled with unreliable foreign firms that could jeopardize its national security and now China is preparing to do the same.Spokesperson for China’s commerce ministry, Gao Feng revealed that the nation will create an “entity list” that will include foreign businesses that have either stopped or limited their work with Chinese firms, saying:
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“Foreign enterprises, organisations or individuals that do not comply with market rules, deviate from a contract’s spirit or impose blockades or stop supplies to Chinese enterprises for non-commercial purposes, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, will be included on a list of ‘unreliable entities.”
Chinese retaliation
The announcement of China’s own blacklist comes just weeks after the US Commerce Department created an entity list that required American companies to get government approval before conducting business with Huawei and other Chinese firms. However, a 90-day reprieve has been granted which would allow Google and other companies to offer critical support to Huawei.Google, Intel, Qualcomm and several other American firms have begun to curtail their business agreements with Huawei following the US ban on the company.Just as the US blacklist has, a Chinese blacklist could have huge implications for Silicon Valley tech giants that operate in the country.
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Three has regained its place at the front of the field for bargain big data SIM only deals

You’ve just invested in a brand new SIM-free phone, or maybe your contract has ended but you’ve formed a sentimental attachment to the phone you’ve been lugging around for the past two years. No matter your situation, you need a new SIM only deal.You could just grab the cheapest SIMO possible and be done with it, or you could go big and live in big data luxury. Considering how affordable big data SIM only deals have become recently, its not so much a question of “can I afford more data?” as much as “why haven’t I gone for this before?” And once again, it’s the Three network that’s leading the way.We’ve highlighted the stand out options when it comes to the big data SIMs on the market. Ranging from incentive-filled unlimited data to super cheap cashback options, there’s an option for everyone.
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