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Samsung Galaxy S10 update improves Wireless PowerShare and camera stability

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Samsung has so far impressed many with its new Galaxy S10 lineup's headline features, which among them include upgraded photographic capabilities and reverse wireless charging functionality.

Of course, there's always room for improvement, which is why Samsung is currently rolling out some fixes for the aforementioned features as part of the Galaxy S10's March security update. 

As reported by GSMArena, the March update will bring about improved camera stability, improved performance for its Wireless PowerShare feature and a number of other bug fixes and improvements.… Read the full article

Apple could unveil a new iOS game service at tomorrow’s streaming event

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While it's expected that Apple will officially lift the veil on its streaming video and news subscription services tomorrow, it's now believed that the Cupertino company may also reveal a new subscription-based game service, as reported by Bloomberg.

However, the report also states that the iPhone-maker could hold off on its game subscription service announcement until its next Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3

As you might expect, the service will reportedly focus on paid titles, excluding freemium games with in-app purchases.… Read the full article

Apex Legends launches its first season, introduces new character Octane

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After reaching an astonishing 50 million players in less than a month, Apex Legends has now officially launched its first season, dubbed Wild Frontier. 

Players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC are now able to purchase the Wild Frontier Battle Pass for 950 Apex Coins, entitling them to a new character in Octane (available separately for 750 Apex Coins or 12,000 Legends Tokens) and the ability to earn 100 new items, such as Legend Skins, Apex Coins and a new legendary Havoc skin.… Read the full article

Two-thirds of Android’s antivirus apps found to be completely useless

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

According to rigorous new tests undertaken by AV-Comparatives, two-thirds of the antivirus apps available for Android devices offer no protection whatsoever. 

In its ongoing mission to offer systemic testing of security software, the independent organization put 250 Android antivirus apps through their paces, finding that all but 80 of them failed to meet even the site's minimum requirements for basic security.

According to the site's 2019 test, less than a third of the apps examined managed to detect at least 30% of 2018's malicious apps with zero false alarms – many of the apps that failed to meet the site's standards regularly found popular genuine (clean) apps to be harmful, and malicious ones to be safe. 

Where did they go wrong?

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Microsoft’s Wireless Display app now lets you stream PC games to your Xbox One

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Thanks to a new update for Microsoft's old 'Connect on Windows' application, it's now possible for PC gamers to wirelessly cast their entire game library (yes, that includes Steam) to an Xbox One console connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 

The app, now titled Wireless Display, previously only allowed users to cast content from their PCs and Android devices to Microsoft's Surface Hub and other Windows computers. That functionality has now been expanded, giving PC gamers the ability to project their games to their living room television via an Xbox One console. 

As reported by Engadget, the Wireless Display app offers numerous latency settings, including one specifically for gaming which will hopefully minimize lag while game casting. 

To start casting PC games (or anything else on your computer for that matter) to your Xbox One, you must first download the Wireless Display app from the Microsoft Store and install it on both your Windows 10 machine and console. 

Full Xbox One controller support is available while game casting, however, mouse and keyboard support is not supported, at least for the time being.… Read the full article

Samsung’s QLED 8K TVs available in Australia starting next month

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Announced at IFA 2018, Samsung's 8K QLED TV range drew immediate praise from those in attendance due to its astonishing level of detail and incredible brightness and colour.

Now, it appears that the next generation of TV technology is officially ready for launch in Australia, with Samsung announcing that its Q900 QLED 8K range will be available to purchase locally from April 1, 2019, making it the country's first 8K TV. 

Boasting Samsung's quantum dot technology and minimalistic all-in-one clear cable, the Q900 also sports full SmartThings functionality, allowing you to control your smart home from the comfort of your couch. 

Costly, but with a nice bonus offer

Of course, Samsung's Q900 8K range is far from cheap – prices start at $9,999 for the 65-inch model, followed by $12,999 for the 75-inch model and $17,499 for an 82-inch 8K monster.… Read the full article

Microsoft says Project xCloud streaming service won’t replace Xbox consoles

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft has been pretty quiet about its Project xCloud game streaming service since its announcement last October, but now it appears the tech giant is ready to set the record straight regarding its cloud gaming future.

In a new post on Xbox Wire, Kareem Choudhry, CVP of Gaming Cloud at Microsoft, described Project xCloud as "a vision for game-streaming technology that will complement our console hardware and give gamers more choices in how and where they play."

Citing advancements in content delivery technology that have changed the way we read books, listen to music and watch movies "on whichever device is most convenient", Microsoft hopes it can do the same for gaming.… Read the full article

Nintendo wants you to dive face-first into its Labo with new VR kit

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It's been rumored for years, but now the Switch console is finally getting virtual reality support by way of Nintendo Labo.

The complete Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, priced at $79.99 (roughly £60 / AU$113) comes bundled with five cardboard sets along with the VR goggles and software, including Wind Pedal, Camera, Elephant, Bird and Blaster. 

Nintendo is also offering a Starter Kit, priced at $39.99 (about £30 / AU$57) that includes just the googles and Blaster design. Two additional expansion packs (Camera + Elephant, or Bird + Wind Pedal) will be available to purchase at a later date for $19.99 (around £15 / AU$28).… Read the full article

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D-Link’s D-Fend AC2600 router uses McAfee to protect your entire network

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

With the internet now an essential part of most people's daily lives, the router that's at the heart of every home's connectivity has become increasingly important. And while we all reap the benefits of that access, it's often easy to overlook the aspects that could negatively affect your family and home if left unmonitored and unprotected. 

With threats like malicious attacks (such as malware, botware, cryptojacking and more) and content or activities that are particularly unsafe for children (not to mention rising problems such as screen and video game addiction), router-makers have started to integrate more sophisticated tools to let households deal with these issues. 

D-Link is the latest to turn its attention towards better home-network protection and has teamed up with the antivirus mavens at McAfee, to launch the new D-Fend AC2600 router in Australia and New Zealand.… Read the full article

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Stan’s premium streaming plan will now cost you $2 more per month

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Stan's film and TV show library has grown by leaps and bounds since last December, driven in large part by the service becoming Disney's new home for streaming content in Australia, bringing a large number of Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm titles along with it.

In addition to this, all 24 Bond films were recently made available to stream on Stan in 4K, giving the home-grown service a huge leg up in the blockbuster department.

Of course, with great content comes great licensing fees, which is why it's perhaps unsurprising that Stan has announced a price hike for its Premium tier, bringing the monthly cost for 4K content up from $15 to $17 per month.… Read the full article

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