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Fujifilm’s GFX 100S packs a monstrous 102MP sensor and insane specs

The first time we heard about a 100MP medium format camera from Fujifilm was back in September of last year, at Photokina 2018. Since then, the rumor mill has been rife with whispers of this high-resolution camera, but they can all now be put to rest.The Fujifilm GFX 100S has officially debuted, packing a mammoth 102MP backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor working alongside a speedy X-Processor 4 image processor, which has previously starred in Fujifilm’s X-T30 snapper. This marriage, Fujifilm says, helps the GFX 100S achieve autofocus (AF) speeds that are twice as fast the GFX 50S.In fact, given the sensor is 70% larger than a 35mm full-frame counterpart, Fujifilm prefers to call the GFX 100S a “large format” camera rather than a medium format one.The sensor, however, isn’t the only part of the GFX 100S that comes with a big number. The new pro shooter includes with some jaw-dropping specs that, combined, promise all-round top-notch performance.
It’s all high-end from here
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The high-speed autofocus performance – capable of locking in on a subject in 0.05 seconds – is matched by a whopping 3.78 million phase-detect AF pixels across the entire surface of the sensor and offering 100% coverage of the frame. This also makes the GFX 100S perform better in low-light conditions than both the GFX 50S and the GFX 50R.Fujifilm has also improved its face- and pupil-detection technology and, the company claims, the GFX 100S will be able to track eyes even when the subject is turning away from the camera or is partially obscured by another object.However, the headline improvement to the GFX series is the inclusion of in-body image stabilization (IBIS) in the GFX 100S. Its built-in five-axis image stabilization offers what Fujifilm claims to be a five-stop shutter speed advantage.This is good news for both still and video shooters using the camera handheld, although the ability to shoot 4K video at up to 30fps will excite videographers. Recording to an SD card (there are two card slots here) is 10-bit 4:2:0, while using the HDMI port achieves a 10-bit 4:2:2 output.Another highlight for the videographer is the addition of the ETERNA Film Simulation mode used for the first time in a GFX series camera.
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It’s all crystal clear
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While the design of the camera is rather minimalistic, lacking the usual dials and buttons we’re familiar with on other Fujifilm cameras, the GFX 100S boasts one of the best electronic viewfinders in the business. The newly developed 5.76 million-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder is removable, like in the GFX 50S, and offers a magnification of 0.86x.Also like the GFX 50S, this new high-res snapper boasts a 3.2-inch rear display that tilts in three directions, but there’s also an additional 1.8-inch top plate LCD that’s making its debut here. That top plate can be used as a “virtual dial mode” to display dials for adjusting settings like aperture, ISO and shutter speed, but it can also be set to show the histogram.Another new feature is the optional Smooth Skin Effect, which automatically retouches skin in-camera.The GFX 100S is significantly larger than its predecessors in the GFX 50 series, and weighs in at approximately 1,400g (or 3.1 pounds), including two batteries, a memory card and the EVF slid into place.The Fujifilm GFX 100S will begin shipping in June, with a slightly eye-watering price tag of $9,999 (about £7,920 / AU$14,450) before tax.

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Samsung launches wireless power bank and charging pad in India starting at Rs 3,699

Samsung has launched it’s Wireless Power Bank and Wireless Charging Duo Pad in India which starts at Rs 3,699. The two wireless accessories offer fast charging solutions to users with Qi-compatible products. The power bank and the charging pad can be used to charge Qi certified phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or accessories like Galaxy Watch and Buds.The Wireless Power Bank has a 10,000mAh battery capacity and is priced at Rs 3,699 and comes in two colour variants- Silver and Pink. On the other hand, the Wireless Charging Duo Pad costs Rs 5,999 and is available in black and white colour options.Both the power bank and charging pad will be available sometime in the next few weeks across Samsung e-Shop, Opera House and retail stores, along with Flipkart and Amazon India.
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Samsung’s Wireless Power Bank comes with 10,000mAh battery capacity and can power two devices at the same time. The power bank doubles up as a wireless charging pad and through the USB output, another phone or device can be recharged. It is made from aluminum and has a wireless charging dock on one of the side.The power bank is thin at 15.09mm and supports Adaptive Fast Charging and 15W Quick Charge 2.0. It is compatible with all Qi-certified devices in the market right now.
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The Wireless Charging Duo Pad can charge two devices simultaneously and supports both Fast Charge 1.0 and 2.0 solutions. Samsung claims that the charging pad recharges Galaxy S10 phones by upto 30 minutes faster than previous iterations.So in situations where a user has to charge their phone and smartwatch at the same time, this dual charging dock will come in very handy. Like the power bank, the wireless charging pad is compatible with all Qi-certified products.
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Playdate handheld is an indie-powered Game Boy for the 21st century

If you long for the good old days of simple games which place fun and imagination above everything else, then today is your lucky day, because a new indie-focused handheld is coming from videogame-publisher Panic, the company behind Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game, and it aims to bring Game Boy-style charm to the 21st century.Revealed today, Playdate is a small, yellow handheld with a simple directional pad, two main face buttons and an innovate hand-crank which is sure to open up new and exciting gameplay avenues. It’s also got a high-end black-and-white display which promises to be much more advanced than a Game Boy screen, with Panic telling The Verge that “it has no grid lines, no blurring, is extremely sharp and clear, and has much higher resolution,” further stating that, “It sounds odd to say, but: it’s truly a ‘premium’ black-and-white screen.”
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The Playdate. Image credit: Panic
A new way to receive games
Another innovative element to the Playdate is how you’ll get games, with Panic explaining that the portable console plans implement a TV show-style delivery system for its games, with one new title arriving on the device per week for a total of 12 weeks in what it’s calling ‘Season One’. Each subsequent season will include a new collection of games, and is expected to incur an additional cost.So far, only one title has been announced for this first season – Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure from Katamari Damacy-creator Keita Takahashi – though the company has revealed that its handheld will include new games from renowned game designers Zach Gage (Typeshift), Bennett Foddy (QWOP) and Shaun Inman (The Last Rocket).The company plans to keep these games a secret until they arrive on the handheld in an effort to surprise its customers, simply stating that, “Some are short, some long, some are experimental, some traditional. All are fun.”Playdate and its first season of games will launch in early 2020 and will be priced at $149 (around £118 / AU$217).
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The best cheap smart home devices and gadget deals in May 2019

Upgrade your living space into a smart home without breaking the bank with our hand-picked smart home devices that include speakers, security cameras, light bulbs and more. Create a smart home hub with these gadgets that work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to simplify your technology and help make your day-to-day life even easier.

Whether you want to personalize and control your lighting, stream music and videos or secure your home, we’ve found a variety of top-rated smart home gadgets to help you get started building your smart home. Most of your products work with Alexa or the Google Assistant so that you can control the devices with the command of your voice. We’ve also included the Aukey Smart Plug-in our list which gives any device you plug into smart capabilities.

Read on for our list of the best smart home gadgets that include the best prices and deals that are currently available. We have a variety of devices that will fit all smart home needs and budgets.
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Help secure your home with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro that allows you to answer your door from anywhere. The Ring Pro works with Alexa and will send alerts to Echo devices which allows you to hear and speak to visitors entirely hands-free. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro also sends alerts to your smartphone when motion is detected or when someone presses the doorbell so you can monitor your home from anywhere. The Pro features advanced motion detection with a camera view that generates motion alerts within user-set motion zones. The Ring doorbell connects to your existing doorbell wiring so you don’t have to worry about re-charging the battery and features four different faceplate options.

The best-selling Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart speaker that works with Alexa to make calls, answer questions, set alarms, check the weather and so much more. The compact smart speaker can also control your compatible smart home devices with the command of your voice. Just ask Alexa to find TV shows, turn on lights, adjust the temperature and more. You can use your voice to play a song or artist through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and others. Alexa has over 50,000 skills so you can discover new skills that will help you with everyday tasks.

The Amazon Echo smart speaker can play music, answer questions, set alarms and more all with the command of your voice. You can also control your other smart home devices with the Alexa-enabled speaker just ask Alexa to turn off the lights, adjust your thermostat, lock your door and more. The Echo can make calls and send and receive messages through the hands-free speaker. The smart speaker features a better audio experience than the Echo Dot offering a powerful audio with Dolby technology built in to the speaker.

Control your lighting from anywhere with the TP-Link Alexa-enabled light bulb. You can turn your lights on and off and adjust brightness with your tablet or smartphone using the Kasa app. You can connect the smart bulb with Alexa or Google Assistant devices and use your voice to control your lights. The easy-to-install light bulb can transform into any color to set the mood and personalize your lighting by adjusting brightness as well as light appearance from soft white to daylight. The TP-Link bulbs will also help you out with your energy costs by reducing energy use up to 80% without brightness or quality loss. 

Turn your electronics and appliances into voice and app-controlled devices with the Kasa Smart WiFi plug by TP-Link. The smart plug works with Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can turn your devices into a hands-free experience. You can turn on lamps, appliances and more from anywhere on your smartphone using the Kasa app. You can also schedule the smart plug to automatically turn on and off when you’re away and reduce your energy by managing devices that use the most power. 

Control your thermostat from anywhere with the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat. The smart thermostat uses technology to learn your habits and adjust automatically to help save you energy. On average the Nest thermostat saves 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills so the Nest will pay for itself in no time. You’re able to control your thermostat from anywhere with Nest app using your phone, tablet or laptop. The smart thermostat also works with Alexa so you can adjust and control the temperature with the command of your voice. The Nest thermostat features a thinner and sleeker design than previous models and comes in four different colors.

Clean your floors with the command of your voice and completely hands-free with the Wi-Fi connected iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum. You can use the iRobot home app to clean and schedule your vacuum from anywhere and receive notifications when the job is complete. The Roomba 960 can continuously clean for up to 75 minutes and will automatically recharge. The robot vacuum features a three-stage cleaning system and a high-efficiency filter that captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and dust. The Roomba is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can control the vacuum with your voice. 

The Amazon Cloud Cam is an indoor security camera that monitors your home in 1080p full HD. You’ll be able to watch your home from anywhere at any time with the compatible Cloud Cam app. You can view live streams, replay clips and get alerts when the camera detects activity. You can customize your alerts so you’ll only get alerts that matter. The Amazon camera features night vision so you’ll also be able to monitor your home in the dark. The Cloud Cam also offers two-way audio so you can speak to guests in your home through the app. The security camera works with Alexa so you can use your voice to show your live feed on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot.

Keep your home secure with the Arlo Pro two camera security system. The top rated security system includes two cameras, rechargeable batteries, power adapter and cable, wall mount, and a base station. The Arlo Pro cameras are weatherproof so they can be used indoors or outdoors and can operate in up to 122-degree temperature. The 100% wireless Arlo Pro records video in 1080p HD resolution and offers advanced motion detection to catch every angle so no moment goes unnoticed. The security system also has a smart siren that can be controlled remotely, or when motion or sound is detected. The security camera works with Alexa, and has a compatible app which allows you to monitor your home from anywhere.

The top-selling Anova Sous Vide lets you master the hottest cooking trend, sous vide. Just fill a pot with water, set the desired temperature and time, and cook everything (meat, souffle, carrots) to perfection. The Anova Sous Vide allows you to prepare restaurant quality meals by cooking your food at the precise temperature and not ever having to worrying about over-cooking. You can set the time and temperature manually on the device or through the Anova app. The app allows you to cook remotely, so you don’t have to wait around in the kitchen waiting for your food to cook. The app also gives you access to over 1,000+ creative recipes and guides you through each recommended meal.

Build your smart lighting hub for your home with the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit. The Philips starter kit includes three 60W white and color ambiance A19 bulbs, one Hue bridge, ethernet cable, and power adapter. The Hue hub is compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can control your lighting with your voice. The Hue color bulbs allow you to choose from sixteen million colors in the Hue app to set the perfect mood and create a unique and personalized lighting experience. The Hue app also lets you sync your lighting with movies and music and allows you to control everything remotely. The Hue hub will enable you to add on to your smart lighting system with the bridge accommodating up to fifty Hue lights.

Secure your home the smart way with the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. The Schlage connect features a touch screen keypad which allows for keyless entry. This lets every member in your family have their own 4-digit code that will be easy to remember. You can also create temporary codes for visitors and never have to worry about replacing locks or exchanging keys. The Schlage Connect is Z-Wave compatible and connects to your home automation system which allows you to lock or unlock your door remotely. You can also use your voice to control the lock with any Amazon Alexa compatible device. The deadbolt features a built-in alarm that comes in three different modes that will alert you when someone is coming or going and communicate any potential security threats.

The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote is the ultimate universal remote that not only controls your TV but can also control other smart home devices. The Harmony remote works with Alexa so you can use your voice to control your TV and other connected devices. The remote features one-touch automation so you can touch one button to trigger everyday activities like turning on the lights and TV. The Harmony Elite also works with other smart home devices, offering single-touch control with smart lights, locks, thermostats and more. The universal remote lets you combine up to fifteen remotes and several apps into one easy-to-use remote so you can control all of your electronics and gadgets with one device.
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The best Sprint plans in May 2019

The best Sprint plans are fairly easy to find, since Sprint has very few options to choose from. Aside from it’s three unlimited data plans, the mobile carrier only has a single alternative plan. However, it does offer a number of add-on plans for tablets, smartwatches, and mobile hotspot devices.So, Sprint should be the carrier to look at only if you really want an unlimited data plan. And, if you do, you’re in luck, because it comes second only to the best T-Mobile plans in our rankings. Sprint’s Unlimited Basic plan is one of the more affordable options, and the upgrades available come with some major perks.Customers on the Unlimited Premium plan will also get access to Sprint’s 5G network, which is starting up this summer in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. The first phones to support the network appear to be the upcoming LG V50 ThinQ and eventually the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G after its timed exclusivity on Verizon’s 5G network ends.If you’re ready to check out the best Sprint plans, we’ve got all the details you need right here.
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Sprint unlimited plans: Explained

Sprint’s unlimited plans start at the base tier, Unlimited Basic. This gives you the unlimited calling, texting, and data you’d expect. Mobile hotspot is also allowed on the plan, but with some speed limitations. The plan also comes with a Hulu subscription, service in Canada and Mexico, and international texting. For an extra $10 a month per line, you can upgrade to Unlimited Plus, which offers more perks, higher bandwidths for things like streaming and gaming, and more LTE hotspot data. For another $20 per line on top of the Unlimited Basic Plan’s price, you get the Unlimited Premium plan, which offers even more. What’s more, all of the plans offer 50GB of data at full speed, so you should only experience throttling during periods of network congestion after you’ve used 50GB of data.We’ll explain each in greater detail in our plan breakdown below. But first, here’s what you can expect to pay for the Unlimited Basic Plan:
1st line: $60/month2nd line: $40/month3rd-5th lines: $20/monthLimited time discount: 5 lines for $20/line/month
Sprint plans: access charges
Sprint used to list access charges when you go through the process of selecting a plan and a device on its website. These used to be an easy way to turn an attractive plan price sour quickly, as it could tack on over $10 to the price. Now, Sprint doesn’t mention it anywhere that we could find so, so the days of access fees may be on their way out. Sprint’s plans will include other taxes and fees though, and they vary by region, so don’t expect the price you see first to be the price you pay.

The right Sprint plan for you
While the focus from Sprint is largely on unlimited data, there is also an option for you if you don’t need much. Here, we’ll go through the finer details of each plan, so you’ll know what you get. This way you can make an informed decision.

Sprint Unlimited Basic plan | Unlimited calls, texts and data | $60/month
As we’ve mentioned, this plan comes with all the service you need. It may not all be the fastest, as there are bandwidth limitations for music and gaming, and video streaming is limited to 480p, but it’s unlimited in quantity and you get a free Hulu subscription. The plan also includes 500MB of mobile hotspot at LTE speeds, with unlimited hotspot at 3G speeds after that. On top of that, you get full service and 5GB of LTE data in Mexico and Canada, as well as free texting and basic data in over 200 countries.
See the Unlimited Basic plan at Sprint.com

Sprint Unlimited Plus plan | Unlimited calls, texts and data | $70/month
The Unlimited Plus plan from Sprint offers everything the Unlimited Basic plan does and more. Video streaming is allowed at 1080p, and you get 50GB of mobile hotspot at LTE speeds before being knocked down to 3G. In addition to the Hulu subscription, you also get Tidal Premium. And, for use in Mexico and Canada, you get 10GB of LTE data instead of the 5GB included in the basic plan.On top of those upgrades, music streaming is allowed at 1.5Mbps and gaming is allowed at 8Mbps. And, for a limited time, if you bring your own device when switching to Sprint, you can save $10 per month on this plan.
See the Unlimited Plus plan at Sprint.com

Sprint Unlimited Premium plan | Unlimited calls, texts and data | $80/month
The Unlimited Premium plan takes everything that much further. You still get the unlimited calls, texts, and LTE data, but with this plan, you also keep them while in Canada and Mexico. The mobile hotspot LTE cap is raised even further to 100GB, and 1080p streaming is allowed.The perks are increased as well. You get Hulu, Tidal Premium, Lookout Premium Plus, and an Amazon Prime subscription. The plan is Sprint’s priciest, but you can get $10/month off if you bring your own device when switching to Sprint.
See the Unlimited Premium plan at Sprint.com

Sprint 2GB plan| Unlimited calls and texts | $40/month
If you don’t use much data and just want to have all the calling and texting with a sprinkle of the web and YouTube on top, this may be the plan for you. Unfortunately, if you think you’ll need more than this, your only other option is to go up to an Unlimited plan.
See the 2GB plan at Sprint.com

Sprint plans: Other options
If you’re looking to get more than just a mobile phone plan, Sprint also offers plans for tablets, smartwatches, and mobile broadband hotspot devices. These start from $10 for unlimited data on a smartwatch, $15 for unlimited data on a tablet, and from $30 for 10GB to $60 for 100GB on a mobile hotspot device.
See Sprint’s connected device plans here

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The best AT&T plans in March 2019

The best AT&T plans have remained consistent for months now, with no changes to its shared data plans, prepaid plans, or its unlimited data plans. This means we’ve had a good amount of time to get familiar with AT&T’s plans so we can give you all the details you need to find one that works for you.If you need a lot of data, the AT&T Unlimited &More or Prepaid Unlimited plans may be the right choice for you. The company also has perks for anyone who really likes TV, with streaming service add-ons and live TV channels. There are also smaller plans with just a little data customers can share among the lines on their account, or even a low-cost prepaid plan with no data at all.AT&T plans also offer straightforward pricing. The price you see will have taxes and fees added on, but it doesn’t have any line fees, like the steep $20 access charges on some Verizon plans.If you want to pick up one of the best AT&T phones on an installment plan, be ready to go with one of the company’s unlimited data plans. They tend to be required as part of the deals AT&T offers, according to the fine print.Whatever you need, we’re here to help walk you through the major details of AT&T’s plans as well as a lot of the fine print. We’ve gone through all the plans that AT&T offers to make it easier for you to understand what you’re getting from each plan, what perks are included, and what the limitations are. So, get ready to find the best AT&T plan for you. 
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AT&T Plans: Explained
AT&T’s plans can be broken up into three main categories: unlimited data plans, shared data plans, and prepaid data plans.Unlimited data plans:AT&T’s unlimited data plans offer all the data you could need. They also pair unlimited talk and text with the data, and they come with a number of other features and limitations we’ll get into further down.Shared data plans:The shared data plans are AT&T’s Mobile Share Plus plans. These offer a set amount of high-speed data for the plan, which can be shared between multiple users on the same account.For both Mobile Share Plus plans and AT&T’s unlimited data plans, the cost per line is reduced the more lines you add, which is a cost-saving incentive for families to sign up together. Prepaid plans:AT&T’s prepaid plans are not very different, offering many of the same features as the postpaid plans but with a notably different payment process.We’ll get into all the fine details as we break down each of AT&T’s plans below.

How much data do you really need?
While 1GB of a data might be enough for someone who mostly uses their phone for calling and texting (and the occasional search on Yelp), it may not be enough for most of us data hogs. If you stream a lot of video you may be looking at 10GB plans and up. For a lot of Internet browsing and Instagram use, somewhere in the ballpark of 5GB may be enough. Thankfully, even if you use up all of your high speed data, AT&T continues to provide data at lower speeds, so you can still upload your Instagram photos.
AT&T Next: Device installment and upgrade plan
If the upfront cost of a new phone along with starting a new data plan is too much, AT&T offers an installment plan service to spread the cost of the device over 24 to 30 months. The Next and Next Every Year plans also offer a change to trade-in your phone and upgrade before you’ve finished paying off the device. Here’s how each plan works.AT&T Next:AT&T Next lets you break up your device payments over 30 months. At the end of those 30 months (after the phone is paid off) your monthly payments will drop. Alternatively, after 24 months, you have the option of trading in your phone to upgrade to a new phone.AT&T Next Every Year:If you can afford slightly higher monthly payments and want to have a new phone every year, the AT&T Next Every Year installment plan spreads the cost of a device over 24 months but lets you upgrade to a new phone every year. After 12 payments, you can trade in your device and switch to a new one.

The best AT&T plans for you:
Now that you know about the types of plans and how to get a device on an installment plan, let’s take a look at the plans themselves.One thing to note here is that we’re considering the plans as they’re priced when using auto-pay and paperless billing, as these offer discounts to customers. We’re also considering them for single lines, so if you’re planning to sign up multiple lines, the cost will generally be even cheaper.Let’s take a look at each tier of AT&T’s plans and see which one fits your needs the best.

AT&T shared data plans

1. AT&T Mobile Share Plus plan | 3GB data | $50 per month
For $50 per month, you can get 3GB of high-speed data that includes 480p streaming, mobile hotspot functionality, and unlimited talk and text. Unused data can also be rolled over to the next billing period. After you use up your data allotment, you’re not completely cut off, as data speeds simply slow to 128Kbps. See this AT&T plan here.

2. AT&T Mobile Share Plus plan | 9GB | $60 per month
For $60 per month, you can get a plan that includes 9GB of data at 4G LTE speeds. The terms of this plan are the same as the 3GB plan, but you get more data. If you’re signing up with multiple lines, this is likely a better allotment to share, and the price per line will go down.See this AT&T plan here.

AT&T Unlimited plans

1. AT&T Unlimited &More Plan | $70 per month
This plan is straightforward: unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data each month. It includes texting to 120 countries along with calls to Mexico and Canada, plus roaming in those two countries. The plan adds in access to over 30 live TV channels. This plan does limit streaming to 480p and doesn’t allow mobile hotspot usage, though. Also, customers may experience reduced data speeds during periods of  network congestion.See this AT&T unlimited plan here.

2. AT&T Unlimited &More Premium plan| $80 per month
For an extra $10 a month, you can get some decent upgrades to the standard unlimited data plan. AT&T’s Unlimited &More Premium plan offers all the same features as the other plan but includes 15GB of mobile hotspot use at 4G LTE speeds, allows 1080p video streaming, and offers access to one of seven music, movie, or entertainment channels, like HBO, Starz, and Pandora. The plan also offers 22GB of high speed data before customers are subject to slowed speeds as a result of data deprioritization.See this AT&T unlimited plan here.

AT&T prepaid plans
Check out AT&T’s prepaid plans
If none of the plans have seemed right for you so far, AT&T also offers a number of prepaid plans with a lot of the same perks as the aforementioned plans and reasonable prices. You can get 1GB for $30 or 8GB for $40.Right now, AT&T also has prepaid unlimited plans. You can get unlimited data for just $55, or the higher-tier unlimited plan for $75 with 10GB of hotspot and Full HD streaming. No contract is required. The 8GB plan and unlimited plans also offer talk, text, and data access while in Canada and Mexico. See AT&T’s prepaid plans here.

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The best T-Mobile plans in May 2019

The best T-Mobile plans are all about one thing: unlimited data. That focus has helped the mobile carrier consistently rank in the top spot for best unlimited data plans, beating even the best Verizon plans.T-Mobile has several different unlimited data plans, but it also maintains a single prepaid plan with a data allowance and several pay-as-you-go options. For those customers that like cheap and simple, the prepaid data plan may be a valuable option, but the unlimited plans have the most to offer. Unfortunately, they’re also the trickiest to understand.It might seem like an unlimited data plan should be straightforward, but there’s fine print, taxes and fees, speed caps, and additional perks to consider. Fortunately, we’ve spent hours sifting through all the little details to understand what every plan is offering so we can pass that info onto you in a larger, easier to read font.So, whether you’re looking for a fully packed unlimited plan to go with the best T-Mobile phone or something simple, we’ve got all the information you need.
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T-Mobile Trade-in discounts on top phones
T-Mobile has the top phones available, like the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10e. And, with an eligible trade-in, you can upgrade to these phones and save hundreds of dollars via monthly credits to your bill.
See the Samsung Galaxy S10e with $300 off via trade-inSee the Apple iPhone XR for free with a family plan and eligible trade-in
How much the T-Mobile One Plan costs:
$70 for 1 line (Netflix not included) – $70 total$60/line for 2 lines – $120 total$40/line for 3 lines – $120 total$35/line for 4 lines – $140 total

The best prices are clearly those with multiple lines, and the free Netflix subscription encourages users to find someone to sign up with. It should be noted that these prices require users to enable AutoPay, otherwise the price will be slightly higher.For people that want to skip a credit check or like pre-paid plans, T-Mobile offers the One No Credit Check plan and One Prepaid plan. If you don’t travel abroad, the One Prepaid Domestic Only plan is actually cheaper than the standard One Plan but has almost all the same features, but the $50 monthly fee has additional taxes and fees.T-Mobile also has a stripped down unlimited plan called T-Mobile Essentials, which gives you the same unlimited talk, text, and data for a slightly lower price, at $60 plus taxes and fees, but removes some of the extra perks.
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The 9 great perks of T-Mobile service
No contract – there’s no contract to lock you into a long-term service agreement.Jump! – users can upgrade the phone they’ve bought from T-Mobile on an installment plan.Free international roaming – going abroad is easy, with free unlimited data in numerous countries around the world, and unlimited talk and text in Canada and Mexico on select plans.ETFs paid by T-Mobile – breaking a contract with another carrier is easy, since T-Mobile will pay for the early termination fee. (Learn more about carrier ETFs here)No overages – you can’t use too much data or too many minutes on T-Mobile’s main plans, so no fear of getting slammed with hefty overage fees.In-flight texting – T-Mobile customers can text on Gogo-enabled flights.Unchanging prices – customers who want to keep their service can do just that, and the price won’t change, even if the plan is no longer offered or the promotional price expires.T-Mobile Tuesdays – a special customer appreciation day each week with exclusive deals.Unlimited service – on the One plan, there is no limit to calls, texts or data.
The T-Mobile One Plan: Explained
Firstly, users on T-Mobile’s flagship One Plan will pay exactly what T-Mobile lists as the price of the plan. That price includes all taxes and fees, so monthly budgets just got a lot easier to figure out.

Secondly, the T-Mobile One Plan doesn’t make customers think about what service they’re getting. Everyone gets unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data. And anyone getting two or more lines gets a free Netflix subscription with their service.The service also includes perks for travelers, such as talk, text and data in 210+ countries (though there are some limits the service abroad). The unlimited talk, text and data included in the plan extend to travel in Mexico and Canada as well, with up to 5GB of that data at 4G LTE speeds. And, customers on Gogo-enabled flights can continue to text for free and get 1-hour of free data.In terms of what you can do with your data on this plan, T-Mobile allows mobile hotspot at 3G speeds and video streaming at DVD quality. Plus, T-Mobile only deprioritizes your data during congestion after you’ve used over 50GB of data in a billing cycle. 
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Important restrictions on the T-Mobile One Plan:
While the T-Mobile One Plan is the foundation, it’s not the pinnacle of T-Mobile’s service, and there are some limitations.Users who exceed 50GB of data usage a month may experience slowed data rates during network congestion, but 50GB is a wildly high cap, and that’s just slowed data, not stopped data. For some reference, you could stream an hour of standard definition video every day and not come close to exceeding 50GB in a month.

Mobile hotspot speeds for the base T-Mobile One Plan are not given priority, and may not be at 4G LTE speed. That said, T-Mobile doesn’t mention anything about actually restricting hotspot usage other than that data usage must primarily be on a mobile device for users who exceed 50GB a month.For videophiles, T-Mobile also limits videos streaming over cellular connections to non-HD quality. It offers an upgrade to the base plan that adds allows HD video streaming.
The upgrade available:
Naturally, T-Mobile has a way to upgrade it’s One plan with more perks and functionality. This upgrade is not separate from the One Plan but functions simply as an add-on to the base plan.T-Mobile One Plus plan:
For an extra $15 each month (or $10/line for multiple lines), users can get unlimited HD streaming in the US, doubled data speeds abroad, and unlimited Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled flights. That’s topped off with unlimited mobile hotspot with 20GB at 4G LTE speeds, transcription of voicemails, and T-Mobile’s Name ID service.
Simply Prepaid and pay-as-you-go T-Mobile plans:
While the T-Mobile One plan is a great deal, it’s not very cheap if you’re getting a plan alone. And it has a lot of features that casual phone users might not need. For those who don’t mind a limit here and there if it saves a few bucks, T-Mobile has a few other plans.The Simply Prepaid plan has a cap on 4G LTE data, but otherwise comes with unlimited 2G data, talk, and text. It also allows for 4G LTE tethering and Wi-Fi calling. The plan costs $40 right now, but there are additional taxes and fees. Unless you’re a hardcore streamer, 10GB can go a long way, and this is an affordable plan.
10GB Simply Prepaid plan for $40/month

For the cheapest and most bare-bones plans, T-Mobile also offers some pay-as-you-go options for users with basic phones or who don’t think they’ll use their smartphone very much but want the option available.
Talk/Text: $3/month – Any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts, plus 10 cents for each additional text or minuteData: $5/day – 500MB of 4G LTEData: $10/week – 1GB of 4G LTE

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The best AT&T plans in May 2019

The best AT&T plans have remained consistent for months now, with no changes to its shared data plans, prepaid plans, or its unlimited data plans. This means we’ve had a good amount of time to get familiar with AT&T’s plans so we can give you all the details you need to find one that works for you.If you need a lot of data, the AT&T Unlimited &More or Prepaid Unlimited plans may be the right choice for you. The company also has perks for anyone who really likes TV, with streaming service add-ons and live TV channels. There are also smaller plans with just a little data customers can share among the lines on their account, or even a low-cost prepaid plan with no data at all.AT&T plans also offer straightforward pricing. The price you see will have taxes and fees added on, but it doesn’t have any line fees, like the steep $20 access charges on some Verizon plans.If you want to pick up one of the best AT&T phones on an installment plan, be ready to go with one of the company’s unlimited data plans. They tend to be required as part of the deals AT&T offers, according to the fine print.Whatever you need, we’re here to help walk you through the major details of AT&T’s plans as well as a lot of the fine print. We’ve gone through all the plans that AT&T offers to make it easier for you to understand what you’re getting from each plan, what perks are included, and what the limitations are. So, get ready to find the best AT&T plan for you. 
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AT&T Plans: Explained
AT&T’s plans can be broken up into three main categories: unlimited data plans, shared data plans, and prepaid data plans.Unlimited data plans:AT&T’s unlimited data plans offer all the data you could need. They also pair unlimited talk and text with the data, and they come with a number of other features and limitations we’ll get into further down.Shared data plans:The shared data plans are AT&T’s Mobile Share Plus plans. These offer a set amount of high-speed data for the plan, which can be shared between multiple users on the same account.For both Mobile Share Plus plans and AT&T’s unlimited data plans, the cost per line is reduced the more lines you add, which is a cost-saving incentive for families to sign up together. Prepaid plans:AT&T’s prepaid plans are not very different, offering many of the same features as the postpaid plans but with a notably different payment process.We’ll get into all the fine details as we break down each of AT&T’s plans below.

How much data do you really need?
While 1GB of a data might be enough for someone who mostly uses their phone for calling and texting (and the occasional search on Yelp), it may not be enough for most of us data hogs. If you stream a lot of video you may be looking at 10GB plans and up. For a lot of Internet browsing and Instagram use, somewhere in the ballpark of 5GB may be enough. Thankfully, even if you use up all of your high speed data, AT&T continues to provide data at lower speeds, so you can still upload your Instagram photos.
AT&T Next: Device installment and upgrade plan
If the upfront cost of a new phone along with starting a new data plan is too much, AT&T offers an installment plan service to spread the cost of the device over 24 to 30 months. The Next and Next Every Year plans also offer a change to trade-in your phone and upgrade before you’ve finished paying off the device. Here’s how each plan works.AT&T Next:AT&T Next lets you break up your device payments over 30 months. At the end of those 30 months (after the phone is paid off) your monthly payments will drop. Alternatively, after 24 months, you have the option of trading in your phone to upgrade to a new phone.AT&T Next Every Year:If you can afford slightly higher monthly payments and want to have a new phone every year, the AT&T Next Every Year installment plan spreads the cost of a device over 24 months but lets you upgrade to a new phone every year. After 12 payments, you can trade in your device and switch to a new one.

The best AT&T plans for you:
Now that you know about the types of plans and how to get a device on an installment plan, let’s take a look at the plans themselves.One thing to note here is that we’re considering the plans as they’re priced when using auto-pay and paperless billing, as these offer discounts to customers. We’re also considering them for single lines, so if you’re planning to sign up multiple lines, the cost will generally be even cheaper.Let’s take a look at each tier of AT&T’s plans and see which one fits your needs the best.

AT&T shared data plans

1. AT&T Mobile Share Plus plan | 3GB data | $50 per month
For $50 per month, you can get 3GB of high-speed data that includes 480p streaming, mobile hotspot functionality, and unlimited talk and text. Unused data can also be rolled over to the next billing period. After you use up your data allotment, you’re not completely cut off, as data speeds simply slow to 128Kbps. See this AT&T plan here.

2. AT&T Mobile Share Plus plan | 9GB | $60 per month
For $60 per month, you can get a plan that includes 9GB of data at 4G LTE speeds. The terms of this plan are the same as the 3GB plan, but you get more data. If you’re signing up with multiple lines, this is likely a better allotment to share, and the price per line will go down.See this AT&T plan here.

AT&T Unlimited plans

1. AT&T Unlimited &More Plan | $70 per month
This plan is straightforward: unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data each month. It includes texting to 120 countries along with calls to Mexico and Canada, plus roaming in those two countries. The plan adds in access to over 30 live TV channels. This plan does limit streaming to 480p and doesn’t allow mobile hotspot usage, though. Also, customers may experience reduced data speeds during periods of  network congestion.See this AT&T unlimited plan here.

2. AT&T Unlimited &More Premium plan| $80 per month
For an extra $10 a month, you can get some decent upgrades to the standard unlimited data plan. AT&T’s Unlimited &More Premium plan offers all the same features as the other plan but includes 15GB of mobile hotspot use at 4G LTE speeds, allows 1080p video streaming, and offers access to one of seven music, movie, or entertainment channels, like HBO, Starz, and Pandora. The plan also offers 22GB of high speed data before customers are subject to slowed speeds as a result of data deprioritization.See this AT&T unlimited plan here.

AT&T prepaid plans
Check out AT&T’s prepaid plans
If none of the plans have seemed right for you so far, AT&T also offers a number of prepaid plans with a lot of the same perks as the aforementioned plans and reasonable prices. You can get 1GB for $30 or 8GB for $40.Right now, AT&T also has prepaid unlimited plans. You can get unlimited data for just $55, or the higher-tier unlimited plan for $75 with 10GB of hotspot and Full HD streaming. No contract is required. The 8GB plan and unlimited plans also offer talk, text, and data access while in Canada and Mexico. See AT&T’s prepaid plans here.

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Best Intel processors 2019: the best CPUs from Team Blue

The best Intel processor is a fine way to get a sweet new gaming PC up and running if you’re looking to choose among the best processors to buy. And, while the debate between AMD and Intel is always raging, we went ahead and gathered up the best Intel processors, tested them and created this list. For years, Intel processors have been some of the best for gaming thanks to their high IPC (instructions per clock) performance, paired with high clock speeds. And, while that’s still true, you’ll find Intel processors in more than just a gaming rig.Intel Basin Falls Refresh processors rule the HEDT (high-end desktop) space, with high-performance processors (at an equally high cost) that are perfect for serious creatives and professionals. And, even if you’re on a budget, something like the Intel Pentium G4560 is perfect for making a bang-for-your-buck build. So, no matter what kind of CPU you’re looking for, Intel has you covered. And, we went ahead and gathered up all the best Intel processors right here, along with our exclusive price comparison tools, so you can spend less time shopping, and more time building.
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Intel Core i7 processors have always been the go-to for anyone looking for the best Intel processors. They traditionally deliver excellent performance, without breaking into the high prices of HEDT chips. The Intel Core i7-9700K continues in this tradition, but without the hyper-threading that defined earlier generations. Instead, the focus is on delivering high clock speeds – the 9700K boosts up to 4.9GHz right out of the box. This makes the Intel Core i7-9700K the best Intel processor for most people, as most everyday tasks won’t require more than eight threads. Read our hands-on review: Intel Core i7-9700K
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While there are certainly plenty of games that take advantage of multi-threaded processors these days (looking at you, Battlefield V), PC gaming is still mostly a single-threaded world. And, that’s why something like the Intel Core i5-9600K makes for such a great processor for gaming. Single-threaded performance is out of this world, which should help make high frame rate gaming feasible. The best part? This Intel processor is affordable, so you can spend more money on one of the best graphics cards.
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If you’re building a home theater PC, shelling out for a beefy Intel Core processor doesn’t make much sense – playing HD video doesn’t take a lot of horsepower. But, that’s where the Intel Pentium G4560 shines. For less than a hundred bucks, you can get decent performance that, while not the best for gaming or productivity work, is more than enough to watch some movies. Plus, the Intel Pentium G4560 has integrated graphics, so you don’t need to shell out for a new graphics card. 
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If you’re looking for the best performance you can get out of a mainstream Intel Core processor, you’re going to want to take a look at the Intel Core i9-9900K. This thing is packed with 8-cores, 16-threads and boosts up to 5.0GHz right out of the box. Whether you’re playing the best PC games or balancing 20 different spreadsheets, the Intel Core i9-9900K is the best Intel processor when you need raw horsepower. Just be aware that all this raw power comes with a high price tag.Read our full review: Intel Core i9-9900K
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If you looked at that price and felt your jaw drop, there’s a reason why: the Intel Core i9-9980XE is an extremely expensive processor. However, for that price you’re getting 18 cores and 36 threads that can power through virtually any creative or professional workload without breaking a sweat. At the end of the day, the Intel Core i9-9980XE is one of those products where if you need to ask the price, it’s probably not for you. But, if it is for you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better Intel processor. Read our full review: Intel Core i9-9980XE
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Mario Kart Tour: everything we know so far

Despite a somewhat inconsistent record with smartphone games, Nintendo is continuing to add to its roster, revealing that its next effort will be a mobile Mario Kart.Update: Mario Kart Tour is out in closed beta on Android, and we’ve updated this piece with what we know. In short: it looks to bring a faithful (though vertically-aligned) Mario Kart experience, though there seems to be a lot of in-game currencies and microtransactions you’ll have to deal with to get all your favorite characters.First announced as in-development in February 2018, Mario Kart Tour is still something of a mystery as Nintendo didn’t proffer any details on its gameplay, pricing model or even a firm release date. But we’ve started to see footage from the game’s closed beta, which launched in May, and it seems like the Mario Kart gameplay we know and love has been faithfully reproduced.Following the failure of Miitomo, Mario Kart Tour is a good sign that Nintendo is going to be investing in mobile adaptations of its more popular IPs, rather than trying anything more weird or new any time soon. While we don’t know too much about the game thus far, this is everything we do know, and we’ll keep updating this page as more details are revealed.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Mario Kart on mobile!When can I play it? It’ll be released any time between April 2018 and March 2019What can I play it on? Nothing confirmed but it’s likely to be iOS and Android
Mario Kart Tour – when can I play it?
Mario Kart Tour’s exact release date is yet to be revealed, with Nintendo giving us a pretty wide window. We know the game will be coming, but we don’t know when. Fortunately, it has been released in closed beta on Android, which is promising. We’ll take this as a hopeful sign for a 2019 release.We were right to be a little pessimistic, as the game went far past our expectation of an ‘early 2019’ release. Nintendo’s mobile titles have historically been subject to delays, and given the fact that Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp are still undergoing updates, we’re not sure when the time is right to push another big IP title out.
Mario Kart Tour – how much will it cost?
Going on Nintendo’s past mobile releases, we can’t be absolutely sure whether Mario Kart Tour will be a free-to-play title with microtransactions, or a one-time purchase game with no paid extras. Now that the closed beta has come out, chock-full of microtransactions and multiple in-game currencies, we’re pretty sure this is how the final game will be monetized.A recent report from the Wall Street Journal has said that the game will be ‘free-to-start’. While this is a little unclear, Super Mario Run is also a free-to-start game which does give us some idea as to how the model could translate to Mario Kart Tour.
It’s still possible that Mario Kart Tour will – like Super Mario Run – be released as a free trial which gives access to one or two tracks and a limited number of characters and cards. After players have gone through this trial, they’ll then be able to purchase the full game for around $10/£10 and get access to all of the game’s features as well as free updates at later stages. It’s possible that the game will be set up like Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, which is free to download but has certain content which can only be accessed for a fee. Although this is a model that would also work for Mario Kart Tour; we could quite easily see the game being free to download with certain tracks, characters and cars requiring an additional purchase.But it’s far more likely that Mario Kart Tour will go the route of previously-released free-to-play Nintendo titles like Fire Emblem Heroes that run on gacha-style pay-for-a-random-item/character via in-game currency, which can always be bought with IRL cash. It’s a setup that has worked well for Nintendo: two years after Fire Emblem Heroes launched, players have spent a combined $500 million on the game, per Sensor Tower. Hopefully the monetization mechanisms in Mario Kart Tour won’t be too obnoxious – Nintendo did just tell its partners to rein in the microtransactions.
Mario Kart Tour – which platforms will it be on?
Though Nintendo hasn’t confirmed anything here just yet, we think it’s safe to assume that Mario Kart Tour will be released on both iOS and Android as other mobile titles have been.
Mario Kart Tour – how will it play?
Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn’t released any official details on how Mario Kart Tour will actually play. But if the closed beta is anything to go by, the game looks to be a streamlined version of the console games. Take a look at this beta footage and explainer:

Characters automatically drive forward while you drag your finger on the screen left and right to turn. Some items (like invincibility stars) are automatically used if you pick them up, others are activated just by touching the screen. It’s a lot like how Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first mobile game, was simplified from its console versions.There’s even room in this kind of control system for motion controls, whereby players turn their phone onto its side and turn the screen like they would a steering wheel, though we haven’t seen that gameplay implemented yet.As in the latest Mario Kart games, players pick a driver, kart and glider, then they’re matched against seven other players online. Maps are a mix from the entire series: the initial Toad Cup features courses from SNES, 3DS and GameCube versions of Mario Kart. There is a purported list of maps collected in a ResetEra thread.How the multiplayer element will come into the game has yet to be confirmed, too, though the beta information does suggest it will be 8-person multiplayer connecting over the internet.Nintendo’s mobile games usually require that the player be online but whether they’ll face off in live races or simply race around an AI populated track and try to establish themselves on a variety of leaderboards is currently unclear. A big part of the fun in Mario Kart is the unpredictability of facing-off against real opponents, so we’d definitely like to see live races rather than a leaderboard system. While details are limited just now, keep checking back because we’ll keep updating as we hear more about Mario Kart Tour!
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