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Best cheap phones 2019: our top budget mobiles in India

Best cheap phones 2019: our top budget mobiles in India

Notches, the disappearing 3.5mm headphone jack and multiple cameras are all the rage this year. Not to mention making screens as bezel-less as possible. Once flagship models initiate a design or functionality trend, it’s rare that new devices in the budget segment don’t follow. In India, specifically, the budget segment of the smartphone market is booming. The best selling brands in country, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Samsung, all have their strategy for this year aimed towards launching as many budget phones are possible. Currently, a user who plans to spend somewhere under Rs 20,000 on a smartphone has loads of options. We have compiled a list of devices which will provide you a bunch of features without burning a hole in your pocket.
Huawei P30 LiteApart from the teardrop notch and the colorful back designs, the P30 Lite has little in common with its siblings. The P30 Lite discards several key features from the higher-end P30 phones but aims to retain the spirit of the P30 series by offering a high-end striking design alongside an adept camera setup.  The phone can handle most tasks well enough for casual users. You can easily get a days worth of moderate use with the conservative battery capacity and if you happen to run out of juice the phone can charge up relatively quickly with the bundled fast charger. Hands on: Huawei P30 Lite review
Redmi Note 7 ProThe Note 7 Pro is one of Redmi’s first two launches as Xiaomi’s official sub-brand in India (the other being the Note 7). It brings the 48MP camera to the budget smartphone market, and while the design isn’t new, it’s certainly a revamp for the brand. Under the hood is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset, and an Adreno 612 GPU. There are two storage variants- the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB/128GB version is priced at Rs 16,999. It will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.  Hands on: Redmi Note 7 Pro review

The Redmi Note 7 is the younger fraternal twin of the Note 7 Pro, and it looks like it too. It boasts of the cheapest 48MP camera in the Indian market- it starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB/32GB storage variant. Like its better-looking brother, it will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.  

 The Galaxy M30 follows the same design language as its younger siblings, the M20 and M10. It has a polycarbonate rear panel with a glossy finish and a triple rear camera setup on the top right corner- the M10 and M20 only have a dual rear camera. The Super AMOLED FHD+ display (2280×1080 pixels) is a definite upgrade on the other two as well.Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by Exynos 7904 chipset, the same one as the M20.  You can get either 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage or 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.  The phone starts at Rs 14,990 for the 4GB/64GB base variant.Read our M30 hand-on review here
Samsung Galaxy M20The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy M20 invokes a single watchword- ‘balanced’. While it lacks the flair and performance specs of the pricier Samsung devices, it’s a neat, attractive-looking piece in its own right. Priced at Rs 10,990 onwards, the Galaxy M20 brings an immersive display, impressive selfie camera, and smooth UI/UX performance to the budget smartphone sector. Read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review 
Comparison: Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProSamsung Galaxy A50The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a stunning device- the reflective coating on the back makes for a very good-looking phone, and the large Super AMOLED display is great for video and graphic content. The daylight camera isn’t too shabby either, though the Live Focus is a bit hit-and-miss. But there are a few snags- the OneUI needs more fine-tuning, and definitely more speed. There’s a noticeable lag in performance, which doesn’t bode well. Hopefully further updates will iron the kinks. The low-light camera is disappointing too. Samsung Galaxy A50 review
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2The successor to the popular Max Pro M1, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a great all-round performer. It runs stock Android and has only 3 pre-loaded apps- Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. The Snapdragon 660 is paired with an Adreno 512 GPU; the pair can handle most tasks and heavy games with minimal glitching. The low-light camera is a bit of a let-down, and the phone runs Android Oreo out of the box, but the Android Pie update has been available since January. The battery life is great, but the lack of fast charging means that the device takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. A full battery will last about 9-10 hours of heavy usage and multitasking, so it will last the ordinary user over 24 hours. 
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Xiaomi has added the new Redmi 6 Pro smartphone to its sub 10K lineup this time. It’s the first Pro smartphone in the segment, and it justifies the name with some promising specs on paper and reliable real-life performance. It gets the notch design, the first from the company to have the feature, a 4000mAh battery and last year’s most reliable mid-range chipset Snapdragon 625 with 3GB/4GB of RAM and a full HD display. At Rs 8,999, it’s a steal. 
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The successor to the Oppo Realme 2, the Realme 3 is a good value-for-money proposition. It comes in two storage variants- 3GB/32GB, and 4GB/64GB- and in two colour options, Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black. The price starts at Rs 8,999 for the base variant, and Rs 10,990 for the higher storage variant. The performance of the ColorOS 6.0 and the cameras could have been better- the OS especially has a few kinks in the performance that need to be ironed out. But for the asking price, it’s a good option if you don’t mind a few hits and misses. Read our full Realme 3 review

In the shadow of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold, and the Galaxy Buds, Samsung also launched the Galaxy A30 phone. It’s the middle child, but nevertheless, quite a good phone in its own right. Performance is smooth- the A30 runs Android 9 Pie out of the box, with the Samsung One UI. The camera effects can be a bit unreliable, and you’re clearly getting the camera that you paid for. The 4000mAh battery can easily last a day, and the phone supports 15W fast charging.It comes with only 4GB/64GB of storage, but there is a microSD card slot if you want more. It retails for Rs 16,990 on Amazon.Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A30 review
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The Honor 10 Lite has an excellent display, and is a premium-looking smartphone in the budget category. The camera’s also pretty decent, though some images might feel overly processed. The micro USB port also feels a bit dated. But it’s a well-performing device, well worth the price. Honor 10 Lite review
Redmi Note 6 ProThe Redmi Note 6 Pro, another phone that’s worth a gander, was released last year as a successor to the very popular Note 5 Pro. It has dual rear and front cameras, a rarity in the budget segment; both cameras produce detailed, above-average pictures. The 4000mAh battery easily lasts a day, and the phone also supports fast charging. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but should soon get the Pie update. 
Comparison: Honor 10 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProOn a strict budget? Try our buying guide of Best phones under Rs 15,000 in India for March

Best medical alert systems of 2019

Best medical alert systems of 2019

From 2012 to 2050, the number of US citizens over 65 years of age will almost double from just over 43 million to nearly 84 million according to the United States Census Bureau. While the baby boomers can expect an increased life expectancy for enjoying retirement, most will also want to preserve their independence for as long as possible, not least by remaining in the family home. Even so, the National Council on Aging reports that: “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.” However, medical alert systems can help safeguard and protect the health and security of older citizens through the miracle of modern digital technology. Providing a virtual electronic safety net, help can be just a button push away. Medical alert systems can come in all different shapes and sizes to suit personal preferences, too. There are options such as wall-mounted units with wireless monitoring, pendants to wear, even health monitors that can be used with nothing more intrusive than a smartwatch.Retirement no longer has to be about nursing homes and hospital care – now older citizens can enjoy freedom and independence with the latest in medical alert system technology, knowing that in the event of an emergency, help is already on its way.
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Medical Guardian offers a comprehensive suite of services that form an “always-on-call, personal emergency response system.” This starts with personalization options, and the system can be configured for cord cutters without a landline, and for coverage of outdoor areas via a simple setup process. The account gets accessed via the MyGuardian Customer Care portal for payment options and additional resources. Monitoring is provided via multiple 100% US-based monitoring centers.As falls frequently occur in bathrooms, it is reassuring to know that Medical Guardian includes waterproof communication options. For those times that a fall victim may have gone unresponsive, often due to another medical condition (for example stroke, seizure or cardiac arrhythmia) being the cause of the fall, as opposed to slipping on a rug, there is an integrated Automatic Fall Alert to assist.Also, there are options to cover additional family members so they can benefit from the system, and get assistance as well if needed. The website features an online risk assessment score to gauge the risk of a fall.The company offers a range of products, including options to use at home, and others for on the move. At the low end is the Classic Guardian system, that features a base station that connects to a landline, with a watch-style device that maintains a connection to the base station across over 1300 square feet.Another option is Mobile Guardian, which is a wearable medical alert watch, which communicates over AT&T’s 3G network, and includes GPS location data so you can be found in an emergency. The watch is also good for everyday use, and additional features include weather forecasts, and SMS communications. 
You can sign up for Medical Guardian hereImage Credit: Great Call
Looking for a medical alert service for an active senior on the go, without a bulky base station? Then Lively Mobile Plus from Great Call has you covered.The heart of this service is the pendant, suitable to wear on the neck or clip to a pocket, which features GPS technology to determine location, a fall detector that automatically calls for help in a fall event, and is waterproof. Backing up the service are certified agents who are “trained in emergency procedures,” and have the fastest agent response time as determined by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.The pendant costs $37.49, plus an activation fee for the hardware. There is also a monthly fee that starts at $19.99 monthly for the Basic Plan, and goes up to $34.99 per month for the Ultimate Plan that includes device replacement and fall detection.
You can sign up for Great Call Lively Mobile hereImage Credit: ADT Health
ADT is a household name for home security equipment, but also offers a variety of medical alert systems to suit a variety of needs via its ADT Health brand.At the bottom end is the basic device that connects to a landline. It features a simple base station, and a waterproof button on a watch band to press for help, but it only has a 300 foot range. There is no activation charge, and a monthly $29.99 fee for the service.The firm’s mid-range plan is Medical Alert Plus, which has an extended in-home range that grants independence to those who love to garden or relax in the yard. It requires no landline, and has a fall detection option.There is also a mobile medical alert system called ‘On-The-Go.’ This one is a portable device, without a base station, with optional fall detection, and GPS to track the location. There is a wireless connection with two-way talk. The monthly fee is $39.99 for the service.
You can sign up for ADT Health hereImage Credit: LifeStation
LifeStation Medical Alert is a budget-friendly basic medical alert system. It has a base station that connects to a landline, and a distinguishing feature is that an additional user with a second device can be added for $3.99 per month.LifeStation Medical Alert also comes with a wearable pendant or wristband with built-in GPS, as well as a fall detection sensor. The base station has an ordinary range of 500 feet, a waterproof help button, and an automated weekly tester. Also, bathroom and hallway buttons can be added for additional access for $2.49 per month. The cost of the basic service, before the extras, is $25.95 per month, if paid annually.
You can sign up for LifeStation Medical Alert hereImage Credit: One Call Alert
One Call Alert offers a family of products to suit different needs and price points. The starter system is landline based, and uses a simple push button on a watch band to a base station, and starts at $24.95 per month.The firm also offers a higher tier home device, that does not need a landline, but rather uses a base station with a cellular connection and has a sleeker button device, with a monthly service fee of $34.95 a month. The top offering, the ResCube Pro Mobile, which is a completely mobile solution that dispenses with the base station, can be had for $39.92 per month.All plans feature US-based trained professionals, and there is an option to have a previously created action plan to notify first responders, family and friends, should an incident occur. One Call Alert also has a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
You can sign up for One Call Alert hereImage credit: MobileHelp
MobileHelp develops some of the most popular medical alert systems, of their MobileHelp Duo offering is a good mid-range service compared to the rest of the market.The system comes with a base station, which is made by MobileHelp themselves rather than a third party, and this comes with a mobile help button to call for assistance if needed. The base station runs on a celullar network rather than a landline, which offers the advantage of still being on even in the event of a power failure.There’s also a suite of online tools provided, which can be used to register and monitor both the service and its use. It can also include medication reminders as well as track user activity when required. The suite is mobile friendly, so can be access on a computer or smartphone.There are no upfront fees with any MobileHelp service, so all hardware is included in the prices and there are no activation fees. The monthly price comes in at over $40 a month, which is higher than average, but there are discounts for paying annually that make the service much more competitive.Among the service features of note is that the speakerphone is especially clear, more so than some rival service providers. And while MobileHelp openly state that they don’t provide their own call centers, they do use Rapid Response, which is an award-winning service for customer care.
 You can sign up to MobileHelp Duo here Other medical alert systems to consider
Bay Alarm Medical has been providing medical alert systems for over 70 years, and offers multiple monitoring and tracking options for the home, outside, and even one specifically for use in an automobile. Its push button technology can allow you to alert family, friends, or 911 services directly, with prices starting from $19.95.LifeFone works with its own cellular phone network to offer a mobile emergency pendant or wristband with a built-in help button. LifeFone has in-home monitoring and mobile solutions, and is recognized as a leading service by hospitals, caregivers, and consumer groups. Prices start from $24.95 per month.While GetSafe offers traditional medical alert systems similar to other providers, not least a home hub and neck pendant, it differs in also offering voice-activated consoles as a main product. This means setting up alert boxes around the home, but the senior doesn’t have to wear or press anything – they can literally just call for help when needed, and describe what sort of help they require. Both landline and cellular options are available. Pricing for the service is $24.95 monthly.QMedic focuses on a mobile wearable bracelet or pendant, which not only has an alert/help button, but also allows two-way communication so that you can do more than just ask for help – you can also clearly state what help you need and whether you require medical assistance. As well as being waterproof it is also proactive and can flag unusual user behavior patterns. QMedic was awarded ‘Best Medical Alert System for Compliance and Activity Monitoring 2019’ by Caring.com.

The Outer Worlds: release date, news, trailers and gameplay

The Outer Worlds: release date, news, trailers and gameplay

There’s very good reason to be excited about The Outer Worlds, a new single-player sci-fi shooter-looter RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. Not only is this the team that brought us one of the most beloved entries in the Fallout franchise, Fallout: New Vegas but, according to its senior narrative designer, Megan Starks, The Outer Worlds isn’t afraid to borrow from Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic franchise.The premise of the game goes like this: Set on the frontier of space, The Outer Worlds has the player awakening from hibernation amidst a conspiracy to destroy Halycon – a colony residing at the edge of the galaxy  driven by big-brand corporations. It’s your call how to playand what to choose, with your actions influencing how the story unfolds and the fate of Haylcon itself. Expect hilarious subtext and commentary on corporations and capitalism, plus dialogue choices and combat that keeps you on your toes.Interested? So are we. Here’s everything we know so far about The Outer Worlds.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Obsidian’s new single-player sci-fi RPGWhen can I play it? October 25 2019 What can I play it on? PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCThe Outer Worlds release date
The Outer Worlds will come out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 25 2019. The announcement came during Microsoft’s E3 2019 keynote, which is available to view down below.
The Outer Worlds trailers

Obsidian showed off 20 minutes of gameplay footage at PAX East, with some witty dialogue, crazy-looking weapons, and a companion who always jumps into the action feet-first. It’s also a great look at one of the vibrant city environments (read: a lot of neon).

And in this Game Informer video, The Outer Worlds’ co-director Tim Cain and lead designer Charles Staples show off some combat gameplay:

Obsidian announced The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards 2018 with an official announcement trailer. You can check it out below:

The Outer Worlds news
Slow-mo combatComparisons to Fallout’s V.A.T.S. system will be inevitable, but the PAX East demo shows off something called “tactical time dilation”, which slows down time to take the pressure off fast-paced combat encounters:”We are trying to give opportunities for people who aren’t the best shooter players, to slow things down a bit, get their bearings, and then make decisions that will actually help them during combat”.Science weaponsThe demo also mentioned ‘science weapons’, which are apparently high-tech items with fun or downright oddball effects – think glowing scythes with corrosion damage, or a purple stick that freezes enemies and shrinks civilians’ heads. There’ll be science weapons for every weapon type, so it won’t just be in melee either.Six main character statsThere’ll be six main character stats influencing your character’s skills, speed, and success in both combat and social interaction: Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Perception, Charm, and Temperament.It’s the last one that interest us most: does a grumpy temperament stop people wanting to talk to you, or an easy-going one change your dialogue options?
Image credit: Obsidian EntertainmentAll of the jokesAll signs point towards The Outer Worlds not taking itself too seriously. The NPCs really lean into parody, rattling off the names of their favorite brands and speaking obliviously of their “odious interpersonal skills” – while your dialogue options will really let you poke fun.Lots of character customization, little screen timeWhile you’ll get to customize your character’s appearance, it seems you won’t even have a voice. In an interview with Polygon, co-creator Leonard Boyarsky revealed the team has taken an “old-school” approach to the game to allow resources to be focused on a complex narrative.You can play the way you wantIn the same interview, Obsidian revealed The Outer Worlds is a player-driven game, which means you essentially have the free will to choose whether you want to be a hero, villain or anything in-between through branching dialogue options. 
Image credit: Obsidian EntertainmentCompanionsOnce you progress far enough in the game you will receive your own star ship and crew. These crew members can act as companions as well as offering their own opinion on current events and choices. There’s no romance options, though (you can save that stuff for Dragon Age 4).Brand awarenessAs a story centred around corporations, it’s no surprise The Outer Worlds will offer various weapons and items to purchase from 10 different brands. Where will your (brand) loyalties lie?Alternative consequencesRather than take the immediate consequence of something like a critical wound, you have the option to accept a flaw instead. This is a permanent negative debuff which will remain with you throughout the game.
Image credit: Obsidian EntertainmentThe Outer Worlds: what we want to see
We’re sure to get more details over the coming months in the run-up to The Outer World’s release (whenever in 2019 that is). In the meantime, here’s everything we’re hoping Obsidian delivers with the final product.A gripping main storyline (with some meaningful choices)Blending real player freedom with a structured narrative is a difficult juggling act. Few games have managed this as well as the original Mass Effect trilogy, so we’ll be eager to see whether Obsidian can repeat the trick for their own sci-fi RPG.A working game engineYou’d think we wouldn’t have to put this, but so many big studios are ending up shipping unfinished games because of the scale of their enterprises (Assassin’s Creed Unity, Fallout 76, etc). Obsidian’s track record, though, and the smaller size of its team, suggests they’ll be working within their means.
Image credit: Obsidian EntertainmentSome actual space explorationSure, having giant planets looming in the sky is cool, but if we don’t actual get to enjoy exploring the stars it’s little more than wallpaper. Here’s hoping Obsidian gives you an environment to explore, rather than making a game that could just have easily been set back on Earth.The beginning of great things to comeWith Microsoft having recently acquired Obsidian, there’s no telling what that injection of cash could do to the development team’s ambitions. If The Outer Worlds proves a hit, we could be seeing a lot more of it down the line, with the resources to really make it galactic.(Image credits: Obsidian Entertainment)
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YouTube’s Android app could soon hide user comments by default

YouTube’s Android app could soon hide user comments by default

As great as YouTube is as a content platform, its comments section is, to put it mildly, far less highly regarded – for every positive or insightful comment found under any given video, you often find dozens of nasty, inappropriate or idiotic ones. Google has long been aware of the problem, and has started investigating ways of combating the ugly comments and relentless ‘hold my beer’ memes that have come to plague the service’s comment section.
YouTube is disabling comments on videos featuring childrenYouTube bans ‘harmful or dangerous’ prank videosYouTube will provide users with a ‘fact-check’ on sensitive search topicsAs reported by XDA Developers, YouTube’s latest test, which has reportedly only rolled out in India, takes the ‘sweep it under the rug’ approach to problem solving, and involves hiding the comments section by default on the platform’s Android app. Instead of showing user comments directly under several ‘up next’ videos, the test version opts for a new ‘comments’ button that can be found alongside the usual ‘thumbs up’, ‘thumbs down’, ‘share’ and ‘download’ icons.
Image credit: XDA DevelopersAs you can see from the image above, the new ‘comments’ icon reportedly replaces the traditional ‘save to watch later’ button in the main row, however, that functionality is still accessible via a drop down menu.At present, there’s no official word on whether Google plans to roll out the feature globally, however it did tell Gizmodo that “This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube, and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments.”
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Mozilla urges Firefox users to update browser immediately due to vulnerability

Mozilla urges Firefox users to update browser immediately due to vulnerability

Following the discovery of a zero-day vulnerability in its browser, Mozilla is urging Firefox users to immediately update to the latest version of its desktop app − that includes Firefox ESR, which is intended for use by system administrators who control desktop environments in schools, offices, governments and other organizations.The bug, which is described as a ‘type confusion vulnerability’, has been given an impact level of ‘critical’, as it allows outside users to remotely execute code on your machine without your permission.
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“A type confusion vulnerability can occur when manipulating JavaScript objects due to issues in Array.pop. This can allow for an exploitable crash,” says Mozilla on its security advisory page. Worryingly, the corporation also notes that there have already been instances of “targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,” which means you really should update to the fixed versions (Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox ESR 60.7.1) as soon as possible. Thankfully, Mozilla has the ability to deploy patches and security updates automatically, meaning that in theory you should only have to restart Firefox in order to receive the fixed version.Recently, Mozilla also rolled out new security tools for its Firefox browser which are intended to prevent two other pernicious security and privacy issues − fingerprinting and cryptojacking.[Source: The Register]

These are the best Dell EOFY deals

These are the best Dell EOFY deals

If you’re looking to score yourself a brand new computer or monitor, for work or for pleasure, then there’s never been a better time to check out Dell’s array of laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1s, monitors, and gaming rigs.Considering that the Dell XPS 13 currently sits at the top of our lists for both the best ultrabooks and best laptops available in Australia, it’s definitely worth checking one out with these savings.While you can visit Dell’s store homepage directly and have a browse yourself, we’ve gone through the site’s current offers and picked out some of the choicest ones available, so you don’t have to rifle through the options yourself.
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Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

His unique mix of boxing ability and undeniable showmanship means that any Tyson Fury fight is going to be worth watching. Tonight the Gypsy King looks to his extend his undefeated record against another blemish-free contender, the German Tom Schwarz. The showdown is all set for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (the ideal setting!) and you can live stream Fury vs Schwarz as it happens – it’s even FREE to do so in some areas.
The 30-year-old Fury stands taller at 6ft 9in and has more wins at 27 with a draw in there, too. But even that was a controversial 12-round split draw against WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder.Whereas Schwarz has the age advantage at 25 years-old but is shorter at 6ft 6in and also has less experience with 24 fights. He’s won them all, but the list of defeated opponents is a lot less impressive than Tyson’s. So will it be a foregone conclusion, or is this another Anthony Joshua-style upset in the making?Fury has always wanted to fight in Las Vegas and this, as his debut, should make for a very excited and focused performance. Fury has said: “I really love my job at the minute, more than I have ever done before. I used to think boxing was a chore, a job to go to. I trained hard for a fight and then put a ton of weight back on. Now I enjoy what I do, keep fit even when I am not boxing. I almost live my life as a routine training camp now.”You can live stream Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz fight anywhere in the world using the guide below. The cost varies quite a lot over the world, with the UK hosting an expensive PPV that’s undercut massively in the US by ESPN+ and even more by German channel MDR that has the whole thing absolutely FREE!

Live stream Fury vs Schwarz from outside your country
If you’ve been looking forward to this fight and already know where to watch, your plans may be scuppered if you’re out of the country when it’s on. That’s because broadcasters geo-block their coverage if you try to watch from abroad.But there’s a clever workaround for this, which is perfectly legal (assuming the broadcaster’s Ts&Cs allow it) and it involves using a piece of software called a VPN – better that than trying to get some dodgy stream from Reddit.

How watch the Tyson Fury fight in the UK

Live stream Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz in the US

Watch the Fury vs Schwarz fight FREE in Germany

How to watch Fury vs Schwarz: Australia stream
At the time of writing, we can’t see any evidence that the Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz boxing behemoth will be shown at all. As a last resort, we suppose you could try downloading a VPN service and then signing up for an option from another country. We’ll be sure to update this section if we hear anything differently.

Pokémon Sword and Shield release date, trailers, news and features

Pokémon Sword and Shield release date, trailers, news and features

After releasing some of the best games in franchise history on the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo and Game Freak are finally ready to bring the main Pokémon games to the Nintendo Switch – the first of which are called Pokémon Sword and Shield.The games will release globally on Nintendo Switch this November and will bring with them a brand-new region, features and Pokémon for trainers to swoon over.The key points Nintendo has announced so far are that the games are set in the Galar Region (basically, a Pokémon-ified version of the UK) and will include a number of new creatures including three new starting Pokémon, Scorbunny, Sobble, and Grookey. We’ll also see a new mechanic called Dynamaxing that will replace Z-Moves and Mega-Evolutions, and more intense gym battles.How does Sword and Shield stack up to Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Eevee? Those games acted as a sort of reboot of the original Red and Blue titles for the Nintendo Gameboy, and for many didn’t count as a ‘core’ Pokémon experience. Since Pokémon Sword and Shield are the first mainline Pokémon games to come to Nintendo Switch, and expectations are much, much higher.So what do we know, and what are we hoping to see when Pokémon Sword and Shield launch this year? Read on to find out.
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What is it? The eighth-generation of Pokémon gamesWhen can I play it? November 15, 2019What can I play it on? Nintendo SwitchImage credit: NintendoPokémon Sword and Shield: release date
During a special Pokémon Sword and Shield focused Nintendo Direct on June 5, Nintendo revealed that Pokémon Sword and Shield will release globally on November 15, 2019. In addition, Nintendo announced pre-orders for a double-pack edition of the games will be available soon.
Pokémon Sword and Shield: trailers
The most recent (and best) glimpse we’ve had of Pokémon Sword and Shield was during a special Nintendo Direct in June. The Nintendo Direct shed a lot of light on what new features we can expect alongside some new Pokémon pals. Check out the video below:

The first Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer didn’t give too much away, but you can see the first glimpse of the environments and art style.You also get a first look at three new starter Pokémon: the fire-rabbit Scorbunny, twig-monkey Grookey, and a sad-looking tadpole (sadpole?) called Sobble.Check the trailer out below:

The last video, released right around the time of E3 2019, highlighted some of the geographical features of the Galar Region and introduced us to raid battles – a mechanic taken from the Pokémon Go mobile game.

Pokémon Sword and Shield screenshots
Pokémon Sword and Shield news and features
Pokémon Ball PlusWe didn’t hear much about Pokémon Sword and Shield during Nintendo Direct at E3 2019, but it was teased that the Pokémon Ball Plus can be used to take your in-game Pokémon for “a stroll”. However, the ball cannot be used as a controller.In addition, it was teased that “good things” will happen if you build up a strong connection to one Pokémon in particular.Release date revealedNintendo held a special Pokémon Sword and Shield focused Nintendo Direct on June 5 that revealed both games will release globally on November 15, 2019.Max Raid BattlesMuch like Pokémon Go, Sword and Shield has a feature which allows trainers to team up with up to three others online to take on more powerful Pokémon.LegendariesPokémon Sword and Shield’s wolf-like Legendary Pokémon are Zacian (sword) and Zamazenta (shield).Dynamax ModeThis new mode allows trainers to make their Pokémon giant and super-powered. This mode can only be activated once during a battle and lasts three turns before a Pokémon reverts to normal size.
Image credit: NintendoMore new PokémonAlongside the starter Pokémon, Nintendo has also revealed a few more new Pokémon joining Sword and Shield: Wooloo (sheep Pokémon), Gossifleur (a fancy lady Pokémon that evolves into Eldegoss), Drednaw (who resembles a snapping turtle) and Corviknight (a raven and glorified taxi service for the Galar region).Wild AreaGalar features a Wild Area where trainers can explore, battle and capture Pokémon. Which Pokémon appear depends on the environment and weather.StadiumsTrainers will battle Pokémon leaders in Stadiums rather than the usual gyms. These stadiums are huge and packed with a cheering audience. New charactersNintendo revealed your new rival is Hop, whose older brother is the Pokémon champion of Galar. Meanwhile Professor Magnolia and her assistant Sonia will act as your guides.
Image credit: NintendoTrainer outfit customization will be a featureWhile it’s not a brand new feature, trainer outfit customization has been popular with Pokémon players since it was introduced in X and Y. And it’s a feature which a recent Uniqlo competition has confirmed will be in Pokémon Sword and Shield. In a collaboration with The Pokémon Company, the clothing brand asked fans to design a top which would then be sold in stores. Now that the winning entry has been chosen (a design featuring Magikarp and Gyrados) it’s been revealed that the top will also be wearable in Pokémon Sword and Shield as a trainer outfit.Just how many more outfit options there’ll be in the games isn’t known yet, but we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of some more if Nintendo shows us some new Sword and Shield footage during its E3 conference this year. 
Made for handheldWhile the Pokémon Let’s Go games were developed with TV mode in mind, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that Pokémon Sword and Shield will “emphasize the fun of playing Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.” Furukawa made the comments during Nintendo’s March 2019 Financial Results Briefing (via Nintendo Life).
Image credit: NintendoA whole new worldWe know the game is set in a brand new region of Galar, rather than a rehash of Kanto or a previously visited territory. Galar seems to be loosely inspired by England’s cities and countryside, with rolling hills and brickwork cities to explore.The trailer also showed glimpses of jewel-encrusted mines and what might even be a football stadium (see the kit below), though we’re waiting to see whether competing in a Pokémon-themed Football World Cup will be possible for players.Brand new PokémonYup, this is a new generation of Pokémon, meaning you’ll be seeing a lot of new faces – as well as a lot of old ones. The trailer gave us a mix of familiar Pokémon like Pikachu and Hoothoot along the new starters, and we’re hoping Game Freak manage to keep the new designs interesting (no ice cream or candelabra Pokémon, please.)Modern to the coreSword and Shield look to retain the look and 3D animation style of the Pokeémon Let’s Go games that launched on Nintendo Switch last year.Pokémon games haven’t been flat 2D games in years, and has increasingly been moving towards full-size avatars and 3D environments. Some may miss the old-school pixel charm of the earlier games – and find the 3D creature models a bit bland – but for better or worse this is what we’re getting.
Pokémon Stars what?What still confuses us is that we’ve been waiting for the long-rumored Pokémon Stars game for over two years now, Eurogamer. published a report in late 2016 that said multiple sources had confirmed a new version of Pokémon Sun and Moon was being developed for the Switch under the code named Pokémon Stars. While it never materialized, ‘Stars’ could well have been a code-name for what eventually became the Let’s Go games, or could still prove a Switch port for the Sun and Moon games.
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Final Fantasy 8 is getting remastered and released sometime in 2019

Final Fantasy 8 is getting remastered and released sometime in 2019

While Square Enix’s E3 2019 presentation had the gorgeous Final Fantasy 7 Remake on center-stage, another of its seminal PS1 games was not far behind: Final Fantasy 8 is indeed getting remastered.Before you get your hopes up, that’s remastered, not remade, so don’t expect the same incredible upgrade we’ve seen in the FF7 Remake. On the plus side, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered will take far less time to come out – it’s due sometime in 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.Expectations tempered? Watch the trailer below:

Okay, let’s dive in.
 Guys, Gals, and Guardian Forces 
A quick refresher: Final Fantasy 8 stars Squall Leonhart, a loner training to become a SeeD mercenary as the world tips to war. He’s joined by a motley but spirited crew of other young fighters to unravel the mystery of the tyrannical Sorceress(es), recruit godly Guardian Forces to aid your cause, and dominate strangers at the card game Triple Triad. There’s also a romance and lots of emotions, but focus: the card game is great.If this doesn’t jog your memory, or you haven’t played in a minute, that remastered trailer footage might not look updated at all. Thankfully, Twitter users are to the rescue: 
Sure, some of the geometry is still flat. You can’t have everything. But the facial textures are rounded and much cleaner, with filled-out character models below them (as seen in the Tweet below).
We’ll see how the game looks when more footage is revealed, which we’ll probably get closer to its release date – whenever that is. Even if it’s less glamorous than the completely remade Final Fantasy 7, at least Final Fantasy 8 fans will get to play their revival this year.E3 2019 is the biggest gaming event of the year. TechRadar is reporting live from LA, telling you all about the biggest announcements of the week, from epic game trailers to shocking release date reveals. Follow our expert analysis of the keynotes and what we see on the E3 show floor. 

E3 2019: schedule, press conferences, games list, and leaks

E3 2019: schedule, press conferences, games list, and leaks

E3 2019’s series of press conferences is halfway over, and that means we have half  of the news, game trailers, and even some beta and hardware announcements.Sunday’s big E3 highlight has been the Microsoft press conference, where we got a better idea of the next Xbox One, the Xbox Project Scarlett. It has powerful specs, a late 2020 release date window, and its first launch game, Halo Infinite.But nothing topped the E3 celebrity cameo from Keanu Reeves, who found his way into Cyberpunk 2077, as seen in the new extended E3 2019 trailer. The game has a release date, too: April 16, 2020. It’s shaping up to be the best Xbox One games at E3 2019 (and good news, it’s also coming to PS4 and the PC).We’re updating this page in real-time because there’s a lot more E3 news coming in the next few days, and our E3 2019 games list grows after each press conference. Bethesda had the latest E3 press conference, and we saw Doom Eternal, Deathloop, Ghostwire: Tokyo and vast improvements to Fallout 76. Some Final Fantasy 7 Remake news snuck in at the same time: it’s coming out March 3, 2020.  E3 2019 leaks allowed us to see games before anyone was supposed to as well, like Watch Dogs 3: Legion and Elden Ring from George R.R. Martin and From Software. More E3 surprises are expected: Square Enix’s ambitious Avengers game and Nintendo game to announced at its Nintendo Direct live stream Tuesday.E3 2019 is the biggest gaming event of the year, no matter how much it changes or which companies show up (we’re still running a best PS4 games at E3 2019, even if Sony isn’t actually here). Here’s what we’ve thought was newsworthy at E3 so far.

E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and while that hasn’t changed from year to year, the press conference schedule has gotten shuffled. So we’ll explain it quickly.The official E3 2019 dates are Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13. However, that’s just for the portion of the show held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. You know, the massive show floor where game demos happen.E3 press conferences happen in the proceeding days, and this year it started with EA Play on Saturday, June 8 at the Hollywood Palladium. EA’s full day event offered deep dive trailers into EA’s biggest titles. Sunday belonged to Microsoft and Bethesda, while Monday is being reserved for the PC Gaming Show, Square Enix and Ubisoft E3 press conferences. Nintendo has its video presentation Tuesday, right before the E3 show floor opens.
EA E3 press conference timeIt’s over, but we have the EA Play re-cap. It started on Saturday, June 8 at 9:15am PT for fans with tickets at the Hollywood Palladium.What happened?EA didn’t come with surprises, but dedicated about 30 minutes to each previously announced game, providing ample time for game walkthroughs, not just simple trailers and sizzle reels. We actually got to learn about new modes and gameplay mechanics. It was meaningful.
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Project Scarlett is official. (Image credit: Microsoft)Microsoft E3 press conference timeMicrosoft started its press conference on Sunday at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST and 9 pm BST, but it’s one you have to know about, so here’s the E3 re-cap.What happened?A lot. Microsoft had the biggest E3 press conference from the start, and then out walks Keanu Reeves – yes, that Keanu Reeves. He’s starring in Cyberpunk 2077 from developer CD Projekt Red, and while it’s a multi-platform game coming to the PC and PS4, too, Microsoft’s keynote had release date news first: it launches April 16, 2020.We got the first Xbox Project Scarlett console specs, even if we didn’t get to see the hardware or box it comes in. The release window is end of 2020, so there’s another E3 to tease the form factor. We did, however, get an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which we plan to go hands-on on the show floor.
Xbox Project Scarlett is the next-gen Xbox Two you’ve been waiting forElden Ring from George R.R. Martin could be the Dark Souls Game of Thrones fans dream ofLego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will collect all nine movies into one family-friendly gameKeanu Reeves will channel his inner ‘Neo’ for Cyberpunk 2077Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 coming November 4Xbox Game Pass for PC is now available as a betaBlair Witch is back at E3 as a videogame – and it actually looks goodOther Microsoft surprises include the revival of the Blair Witch horror franchise in game form and the acquisition of developer Double Fine Games in the run up to its latest Psychonauts 2 trailer. Elden Ring, from George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls’ From Software, was the biggest non-surprise (it leaked ahead of time).Finally, Microsoft ended the show with an extended teaser of Halo Infinite, or Halo 6, which will be exclusive to the company’s forthcoming Project Scarlett console.Microsoft is the only one of the big three console makers that’s definitely at E3 2019 in full capacity – meaning they held a live press conference and a have booth presence at E3.What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Microsoft?
We got information on Microsoft’s next Xbox console, but early rumors talked up two different versions of the console, one with a disc drive and one disc-less, like a more powerful version of the disc-less Xbox One S that came out in May.Microsoft’s Fable franchise hasn’t had a game since 2017, and we still have no official word on the rumored Fable IV game. Also, when Dragon Age 4 from BioWare didn’t show up at EA’s E3 press conference, we were kind up hoping it was because Microsoft wanted to save it for its showcase. That just wasn’t the case.
 Doom Eternal (Image Credit: Bethesda)Bethesda E3 2019 press conference timeIt’s wrapped up, but it happened on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 5:30pm PTWhat happened?No, Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield didn’t show up, something Bethesda told us ahead of time and fans in the audience refused to believe. Hopes dashed, right? Instead, they got some great news about existing games like Fallout 76 battle royal mode, Elder Scrolls Blades expanding on mobile with an update tonight and coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, and two brand new IP, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop – those two really stuck out.
Deathloop seems like warped-world BioShock with a Groundhog Day twistNintendo Switch is getting The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and it’s going to be freeDoom Eternal was the only game we got hands-on time with at the end of the show, but we expect to see Wolfenstein: Youngblood (announced to release on July 26) and maybe, hopefully Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (the VR game set for 2019) on the E3 show floor.There’s more Bethesda E3 news still: The Elder Scrolls Online, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and Rage 2 are getting major content updates, Commander Keen is back and more colorful than ever, this time coming to iOS and Android.What wasn’t at E3 2019 for Bethesda?Like we said, The Elder Scrolls VI wasn’t here, and neither was Starfield – though you can expect Starfield before ES6, according to Bethesda’s release schedule. Bethesda Game Studios executive producer Todd Howard did mention the games by name on stage, but no extra details. Not this year at E3 – maybe next year.
PC Gaming Show (Image Credit: PC Gamer)PC gaming Show press conference timeMonday, June 10, 2019 at 10am PT (1pm ET, 5pm UK)  What we expect
If you’re a PC gamer, you won’t want to miss the PC Gaming Show, which will make its fifth consecutive return to the convention. We’re not sure what to expect from the two-hour event, but if it’s anything like previous years it will feature a number of indie games that wouldn’t usually get time up on the big stage alongside hardware announcements.For folks at home, the event will be available to stream on twitch.tv/pcgamer, or on Facebook or YouTube or, if you’re in town, it’s open to the public with an RSVP at The Mayan Theater.  At last year’s event we got the chance to see a number of new indie games like Neo Cab and Maneater, as well as some heavy-hitting titles like Stormlands from Insomniac and Warframe: The Sacrifice from Digital Extremes. We’re expecting some similar big announcements from this year’s show.  The gaming world might be gearing up for a possible reveal of the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Two at E3 2019, but there’s a lot in store for desktop gamers, too. 
Final Fantasy VII (Image Credit: Square Enix)Square Enix press conference time: The Square Enix’s E3 2019 conference will be held on Monday, June 10, at 6pm PT and 9pm ET or Tuesday, June 11 at 2am BST and 11am AEST.What we expect
After the long-awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3 in early January, Square Enix has been fairly quiet. But that looks like that’s going to change at E3.Thanks to a tweet posted to the Marvel’s Avengers twitter in late May, we know we’re going to see Crystal Dynamic’s game at the show, as well as Final Fantasy VII Remake which recently had a key spot during Sony’s last State of Play event. We know now that it’ll come out on March 3, 2020.We also know that Square Enix is currently working on Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Nintendo Switch, as it was announced during a Nintendo Direct earlier this year, as well as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition.Outside of those games, it’s likely we’ll hear more about the next episode in Life is Strange 2, as well as DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix might also use the time during its press event to talk about Just Cause 4 and Oninaki. ‘But is it too early to hear something about Final Fantasy 16?’ Yes. Yes, it is.  

Keynote time: N/ASorry guys, unfortunately Sony is skipping the E3 festivities this year and has said that it will instead find another venue to showcase the games and hardware coming down the pipeline.  That said, we won’t rule out another State of Play event, like the one Sony held back in March.If that doesn’t happen, well, we’ll just have to wait to hear more about The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 (Image Credit: Ubisoft)Keynote time: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1pm PT (4pm ET, 9pm UK) What we expect
Ubisoft will definitely be back at this year’s E3. The developer-slash-publishing house has a lot on its plate for early 2019 including Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 as well as Trials Rising, both of which came out in the February-March window, but hasn’t said what’s coming later this year.The game we know the most about from Ubisoft that would likely be at this year’s show is Skull and Bones, the ship-focused combat game that looks to carry the torch from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft has yet to give us a solid release date for the game, but it’s likely that’s the sort of thing it’s saving for an E3 2019 keynote. It’s also likely we’ll hear more about Beyond Good and Evil 2 and potentially get our first look at the gameplay at Ubisoft’s keynote… but that could just be wishful thinking on our part.Beyond those two games, we’ve heard rumors that Ubisoft will announce three to four new AAA titles in between March 2019 and March 2020, but we can only speculate what’s to come. The only franchise that’s definitely not going to be there is a mainline Assassin’s Creed game as Ubisoft has said that it will be skipping a release in 2019. 
Animal Crossing (Image Credit: Nintendo)Nintendo Video DirectTuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9am PT (12pm ET)What we expect
While Sony won’t be at this year’s event, Nintendo most certainly will – first digitally in a Nintendo Direct that usually airs Tuesday morning and then physically when its massive booth takes over West Hall. In terms of what games Nintendo is going to bring with it this year, the company says we’ll hear more about Pokemon Sword and Shield, as that’s due out by the end of 2019, plus the Link’s Awakening Remake and Mario Maker 2.We’re hoping we’ll also hear more about Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch, which was announced in 2018 and given a 2019 launch window, but there’s no guarantee from Nintendo that we’ll catch Tom Nook at this year’s show. Beyond those core games, we know Nintendo is developing Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Fire Emblem Three Houses, the latter of which should be available in August unless it’s delayed. Nintendo could also use the time to show off its next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character pack. Either way, we’ll find out more on June 11 at 9am PT.

Devolver Digital E3 press conference time The video landed on Sunday night Pacific time.What happened… or didn’t happen?Devolver Digital always has a weird and bloody E3 presentation, and this year was no different. It’s a parody-filled direct video (not an actual press conference) that could be described as the exact opposite of a Nintendo Direct. It’s kind of refreshing and always strange, care of their fictional CEO Nina Struthers.This year’s announcement? They’re selling bootleg versions of their own games at 1% off. This includes Hotline Milwaukee (really, Hotline Miami) and Catsylvania (really Gato Roboto). 

Google E3 press conference timeTechnically not a keynote, but the first Stadia Connect aired on June 6 at 9 am PDTWhat happenedWhile it’s not technically part of E3 as it doesn’t have a partnership with the ESA, Google has shown that it wants to be part of the big show by leading the week’s events with a Google Stadia announcement.In a 25-minute presentation held on June 6, Google Stadia boss (and former Microsoft VP) Phil Harrison gave us our first tangible details about the new streaming service coming later this year. The TL;DW? Stadia will cost $9.99 per month and will allow you unlimited game-streaming in 4K HDR at 60fps. You can play on your TV with a Chromecast Ultra, or your laptop or desktop in a Chrome browser. You’ll also be able to game on your smartphone… as long as you own a Google Pixel device. Want to know more about Google’s ambitious venture into video games? We’ve got all the details in our complete Google Stadia guide.
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