Free-to-play racer Forza Street out now on Windows 10, also coming to mobile

Free-to-play racer Forza Street out now on Windows 10, also coming to mobile

Microsoft’s exclusive Forza racing series has alternated between its track-based Motorsport and open-world Horizon entries each year with great success, but now the publisher is ready to take the brand into the free-to-play arena with Forza Street, available from today (April 16) on Windows 10. It will make its way to iOS and Android devices later in the year. 
Forza Horizon 4 review: rolling hills and changing seasonsForza Motorsport 7 review: fifth gear style, first gear substanceMicrosoft’s Project xCloud will let you play proper Forza on your phoneAlthough Forza Street was announced by Turn 10 Studios today, the game is actually a rebranding of the existing title Miami Street, which was released by Microsoft almost a year ago and has now been significantly updated to include a refreshed narrative, upgraded car parts, faster boot-ups, new animations, languages and an audio polishing.Unlike previous Forza titles, Forza Street does not require you to steer your car to victory. Instead, gameplay is timing-based and involves clicking the left mouse button or pressing the space bar to accelerate, and letting go to slow down around corners. Boosts can be earned depending on how well you time your gas-pressing, and winning races earns you a constant stream or credits and car unlocks. Of course, being a F2P title there are also microtransactions if you just can’t wait to unlock your dream car. While the game’s mechanics are incredibly simple, it must be said that Forza Street’s bite-sized gameplay is quite addictive, making it ideal for mobile play. You can grab Forza Street now from the Microsoft Store.
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Internet Explorer hack could steal users’ data – even if you use Chrome or Firefox

Internet Explorer hack could steal users’ data – even if you use Chrome or Firefox

Microsoft’s much-maligned Internet Explorer web browser has been discovered to be the cause of a new Windows exploit, which could let hackers access and obtain operating system user data.Security researcher John Page discovered the security flaw, finding that any user with Internet Explorer installed on their system is vulnerable to the exploit, whether or not they’re currently using the browser or have even opened it before.Page reportedly reached out to Microsoft last month, warning them of the exploit and requesting an urgent security fix, but according to ZDnet, the tech giant responded by saying that “a fix for this issue will be considered in a future version of this product or service”.In response, Page made his findings public, including a YouTube video demonstrating the exploit. (Note: mute the video unless you want to hear some low bit-rate thrash metal).

How to fix Google ChromeMozilla Firefox reviewThe hack relies on Internet Explorer’s ability to save its web pages in the .MHT file format, something modern browsers don’t allow, thus making IE the default application to open such files.Bad actors can use this shortcoming to send users a malicious .MHT file via email or other such communication services and, if opened, an .MHT file containing an exploit could allow hackers to obtain access to the local files and program information of these users.According to Page, The hack has been successfully tested in Internet Explorer 11 (the latest version) on Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems.Sounds like it’s a great time to take Microsoft’s own advice on avoiding Internet Explorer – and perhaps even go a step further, and delete the browser from your system altogether.
Microsoft begs users to stop using Internet Explorer[via ZDnet]

UFC 236 live stream: how to watch Holloway vs Poirier and the rest from anywhere

UFC 236 live stream: how to watch Holloway vs Poirier and the rest from anywhere

Fight night is here! Max “Blessed” Holloway first went up against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier back in 2012, at just 20 years old, in his UFC debut. In their last fight, Poirier won via first-round submission but a lot has changed since then. And you can see how a Holloway vs Poirier match-up looks in 2019 with a UFC 236 live stream.
Holloway is now the current reigning featherweight champion and he even moved up a weight class for this match, but will he be able to settle the score with Poirier to become the new interim lightweight champion?
But it’s not all about Holloway vs Poirier tonight. In the second interim title bout at UFC 236, Israel Adesanya will take on Kevin Gastelum for the interim middleweight title. Israel is currently undefeated and back in February, at the main event in UFC 234, he earned a milestone victory over Anderson Silva. The current champion Robert Whittaker is taking some time off to recover from a recent injury but whoever wins Saturday’s fight will likely have to face him upon his return.Whether you’re a fan of Holloway, Poirier, Adesanya, Gastelum or just love the sport of UFC, we’ll show you how to live stream UFC 236’s Main Card from anywhere in the world. It’s notable for being ESPN+’s first ever UFC PPV.
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Live stream UFC from outside your country
Worry not if you’re a huge UFC fan but aren’t in the US to watch that ESPN+ coverage this weekend. If you find the coverage is geo-blocked, you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a US server and watch this week’s Main Card just as if you were back at home.

How to watch UFC online in the US exclusively on ESPN
Gone are the days of watching UFC on cable television as ESPN+ has now secured the rights to show UFC Atlanta as well as all upcoming UFC Fight Nights. One year and one day since it was launched, ESPN+ has already made a name for itself by hosting big-ticket tennis, soccer and boxing events.And this is ESPN+’s very first PPV event. If you don’t already have a subscription, then the way to go seems to be a UFC Bundle, costing you $79.99. That won’t just buy you the UFC 236 PPV, but you’ll get a year-long subscription to ESPN+ (that would normally cost $60 alone).For those that already have an ESPN+ subscription, you can still buy access to UFC 236 for $59.99. Got your subscription or bundle sorted but find yourself outside the US this weekend? Scroll up the page and take a look at our advice for using a VPN to watch the UFC 236 live stream from outside your country.

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Sharp is working on a new Dynabook AIO with an 8K, 120Hz display

Sharp is working on a new Dynabook AIO with an 8K, 120Hz display

Sharp is starting to make more moves with Toshiba’s computer business, which Sharp acquired for $36 million last year. A new all-in-one (AIO) computer with a serious display, something Sharp is known for, was shown off with the Dynabook branding, as spotted by PC Watch.The new computer wasn’t spotted with any specific name, but it got the Dynabook branding that Toshiba recently shifted towards.The new Dynabook is an AIO with a 31.5-inch display using an 8K IGZO panel capable of hitting 800 nits worth of brightness. That luminance could could help it meet the VESA DisplayHDR 600 specifications. The display also has a refresh rate of 120Hz, making it a truly high-performance screen.
Image Credit: PC WatchBeyond these specs, though, there’s little clear about the new Dynabook PC. While the HDMI 2.1 specification and DisplayPort 1.4 specification offer the bandwidth to support 8K video or 4K at the 120Hz refresh rate of the display, supporting and powering the display at 8K/120Hz is another matter. Even if the AIO were packing four Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, they wouldn’t be enough to push many new games in 8K at 120Hz.
What it’s for
That said, the new Dynabook is most likely targeted for workplace productivity. In the past, Toshiba has turned efforts away from consumer products with its laptops, and a computer like this seems more likely positioned for video and graphics work, though details on color accuracy haven’t been revealed. It could come loaded with one of Nvidia’s extra powerful Quadro graphics processors.An interesting difference between this new Dynabook and the likes of an iMac Pro is that this model is said to allow the video card and memory to be upgraded. That’s something that tends to be difficult on AIO computers.Since we haven’t seen what the part of the Dynabook housing the actual hardware looks like, it’s hard to say just what Sharp has in store. Housing upgradable memory in a compact form factor is one thing, but swap-able desktop graphics cards is another entirely.
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Best laptop sales in Australia: Cheap laptops to buy in April 2019

Best laptop sales in Australia: Cheap laptops to buy in April 2019

If you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a mammoth saving on a premium portable computer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web for savings – from the usual suspects to the niche deal sites – and rounded up all the genuine and worthwhile specials in one neat place. We’ve covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you’ll no doubt find something to match your needs.
Best laptops of 2018: our pick of the 15 best notebooks this yearUp the top, we’ve highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we’ve sniffed out, so you can reap the rewards of having your finger on the pulse. Below that we’ve covered some of the more popular laptops that often come up on special, and then included a quick list of the best prices on TechRadar’s pick of the latest best laptops.If you’re from the US or the UK, check out our selections of the top laptop deals in the US or in the UK.
Best laptop deals this week

We’ll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you’ll find up to date prices on TechRadar’s favourite laptop, so keep an eye out for those savings.
The best deals on our favourite laptops
Over the years we’ve reviewed plenty of laptops and, as a result, we’ve seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there’s savings to be had. We’ll keep track of the prices of some of the best we’ve seen so that you can snatch up a bargain when they do show up. Check out the prices below and see if anything has dropped enough to tickle your fancy.

Saying that we’re very happy with Dell’s XPS 13 is a huge understatement. The slim profile, revolutionary design and small frame bely its powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch screen. Typically you’d have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. With Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, the XPS 13’s starting price is certainly an impressive one. We’re so chuffed with it that it’s still one of our favourite Ultrabook, and has taken the top spot as the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

Asus has nailed it with the overhauled ZenBook Flip S 2-in-1. Adding top of the line processing power, plenty of memory and a speedy PCle solid state drive available in some of the models, this laptop shows off a beautiful new design to perfection, giving you the ability to use it as a laptop or a tablet. While it costs a pretty penny as compared to some of the competition out there, it would be our top recommendation if money isn’t a factor.Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

While this may not be a great leap from the previous generation of MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, the 2018 model is definitely the best Apple has produced to date. The Cupertino firm has ramped up performance for the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018, more so than the bigger 15-inch model as well. A thin OLED display at the top end of the keyboard can be customised to for various functions, and also offer Touch ID for secure logins. And although it retains Apple’s signature design, it doesn’t come cheap, but you can argue with the choice if you’re a diehard Apple fan.Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch (2018)

Our earlier choice of gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 has been knocked off its perch by MSI’s GS65 Stealth. With cutting edge components, including an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, it makes the top spot in gaming laptops. It’s also cheaper than the ROG Zephyrus GX501. And it doesn’t look like a hunky gaming laptop either; with subtle design tweaks, the GS65 Stealth can pass off as a work or study laptop without anyone being none the wiser.Read the full review: MSI GS65 Stealth

Dell’s XPS 15 laptops were already some of the best you could buy, but this beautifully redesigned 15-inch 2-in-1 competes with the Dell XPS 13 in every respect, with the convenience of becoming a tablet when needed. It’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing devices in its category and also boast plenty of power. Under the hood is a new Intel Kaby Lake G-series processor featuring ‘discreet-class’ Radeon graphics – meaning with the power comes a bit more noise.Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 
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Samsung lowers prices of Galaxy S10 series ahead of Huawei P30 launch

Samsung lowers prices of Galaxy S10 series ahead of Huawei P30 launch

The Huawei P30 Pro and the Huawei P30 are hitting store shelves today and to welcome these phones to the market, Samsung has reduced the pricing its Galaxy S10 series.Huawei has priced the P30 Pro at AED 3,399 which is 200 Dirhams cheaper compared to the AED 3,599 launch price of Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. However, Samsung has now dropped the pricing of its flagship phone by 315 Dirhams to AED 3,284 making it cheaper than the Huawei P30 Pro. Keep in mind that the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with 128GB storage vs 256GB storage you get on the Huawei P30 Pro.Samsung has also cut down the price of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e by 315 Dirhams and 210 Dirhams respectively. The new price for the Galaxy S10 is AED 2,884 while the Galaxy S10e now retails for AED 2,489. Both of these are equipped with 128GB storage. The Huawei P30 is selling for AED 2,599 and is also equipped with 128GB storage.
Igniting a price war
These new lower prices for the Galaxy S10 certainly make it more lucrative. While Huawei has a clear advantage on the camera with the P30, the Galaxy S10 line-up has better screens and a more matured software platform. With Samsung lowering the price of the Galaxy S10 series within a couple of months of release, we expect Huawei to do the same with the P30 line-up. The price war between the top two phone makers in the world is on. 

OnePlus 7 Pro pops up on the internet with curved screen, could be the OnePlus 5G phone

OnePlus 7 Pro pops up on the internet with curved screen, could be the OnePlus 5G phone

OnePlus has been pretty transparent about its upcoming lineup of products. We already know that the company plans to bring two phones in 2019- OnePlus 7 and the yet unnamed OnePlus 5G phone. On Tuesday, two pictures of the alleged OnePlus 7 Pro has made their way onto the Internet. Posted on Weibo by IT station, the two pictures comprise of a shot of the phone’s about page and the other showcases the curved edges of the upcoming phone.If these pictures are authentic, this might be our first look at the infamous 5G phone by the company. The “about phone” page reveals a bunch of key specifications along with the model and build number. The name of the phone is stated as OnePlus 7 Pro but interestingly the inset photo being used here is that of the OnePlus 6T. It features a 6.67-inch Super Optic display.Moving on, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and the variant in the picture has an 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Being the company’s flagship phone, this isn’t surprising as we are aware that the OnePlus 7 will be one of the first few commercially available phones to run on the state-of-the-art Snapdragon 855 platform. The SD855 also gives the phone 5G capabilities thanks to Qualcomm’s X50 modem.The pictures also reveal that the phone has been allotted a different model series, GM1915. Up until the OnePlus 6T, the nomenclature that’s been used to designate OnePlus phones have always started with the letter “A”.There have been rumours about a triple camera setup on the successor to the OnePlus 6 and the leaked picture only corroborates that information. According to the picture, the OnePlus 7 Pro will have three cameras consisting of 48MP + 16MP + 8MP sensors. There is no information about the seflie camera but it is rumored that the upcoming OnePlus phone may have a pop-up camera for selfies.It is also revealed that the phone in question is running on Android 9.0 Pie with the build number 9.5.1 GM31CB. Generally, the about page on OnePlus phones also display the OxygenOS build but the same isn’t present in the leaked images.
Also Read: What we’ve learned about the OnePlus 7 from the OnePlus 5G prototypeNo notch and curved screen
Coming to the second picture, the phone does not have any markings of a waterdrop notch and sports thin bezels on the top. The bottom bezels are slightly thicker and more noticeable. However, the most striking development comes as a part of the screen which is curved towards the edges and is a first for the company. This seems very similar to Samsung’s and Huawei’s curved display implementation. It is quite possible that the regular OnePlus 7 also has the same screen with curved edges.We’ll know more as we near the official launch of the OnePlus 7 and the alleged OnePlus 7 Pro. Till then, stay tuned.
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Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India for April 2019

Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India for April 2019

In 2018, we saw some great mid-range phones like the OnePlus 6T, the Huawei P20 series, Mi Mix 2 and more,, but most of them were launched over Rs 30,000. The Rs 20-30k price range seems like an open ground for smartphone brands in India right now. There are options that offer great value in the segment. If you are finding it difficult to find the best suited phone under Rs 25,000, this list will help. 
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The Oppo F11 Pro is the freshest offering on this list, and with its 48MP rear camera, it goes head-to-head with the also-fresh Redmi Note 7 Pro. The real selling point of the F11 Pro, however, is the pop-up selfie camera, which allows the company to eliminated the display notch altogether. It’s a bit of a bummer that the F11 Pro only gets an LCD screen, when the cheaper Oppo K1 got an AMOLED panel. But that seems small potatoes when you line up the pros and cons, so it definitely looks like a it’s worth a gander. The Oppo F11 Pro is priced at Rs 24,990 on Amazon, and is available in Thunder Black and Aurora Green colours. 

 The 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 is available at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.
Hands-on: Redmi Note 7 Pro review
The Honor 10 Lite is for those who want a good-looking phone with an attractive display, mid-range power and performance, and a well-stocked camera with tons of modes and editing options. It is well built, has a fairly good display and average cameras. The performance is good for a phone in its price range, but multi-tasking could be an issue with this one. Battery life works out well, since the performance doesn’t over-tax the Kirin 970 processor; it strikes a balance between power and performance for the mid-range class. The camera is good- the night mode might be a tad too stylised, but it’s better than having poor shots in low-light, a common feature of budget devices. The daylight camera is fairly good too, though the photos might lose nuance due to high contrast. You’ll have to toggle a but to find the settings that suit you.Overall the Honor 10 Lite is pretty great for a sub-25k device. It retails for Rs 18,900 on Amazon India. You can read our Honor 10 Lite review here.
Comparison: Honor 10 Lite vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

The Moto X4 inherits features from the Moto X-series and the Moto Z-series, like a dual-lens camera, water resistance, a fingerprint scanner and a lot of the same design cues. Inside is where it sets itself apart, with its mid-range Snapdragon 630 chipset.The mid-range phone may look like a minor upgrade from the Moto G5 Plus or Moto G5S Plus in terms of hardware, but it packs some unique features that are rare at this price. It looks good, and has solid one-day battery life. The out of the box Android Nougat may not be all that thrilling, but the X4 started receiving Pie updates last year, so you should be able to upgrade soon.The Moto X4 is the most feature-packed and good looking option under Rs 25K. 

Samsung has struck good balance between performance, software, battery life and camera with the Galaxy C7 Pro. The full metal shell looks premium with its smooth finish and sleek form factor, and stands out from other Samsung phones. The battery life is really impressive, and so is the display and performance, but Samsung’s software might upset stock Android lovers. While the front camera does a pretty good job, the rear camera struggles in low-light. It is the best phone for multimedia consumption on this list. It’s neither huge, nor too small for one-handed usage, and coupled with the display, makes for a good phone for the Netflix-on-the-go types.
Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro for Rs 21,990?
For just Rs 16,999, the Mi Max 2 is a one of a kind phablet in this range. When compared to its predecessor, the new phone is an incremental upgrade in terms of design, camera and display. It is the right fit for those who like big display phones that do not compromise on performance, build or battery life. It has a huge battery that can last for more than 24 hours, as well as a big display with a decent set of loudspeaker that is great for multimedia consumption. Moreover, it’s a sleek phone at just 7.6mm with a sturdy metal design.Feature-wise, it’s similar to the Redmi Note 4, but bigger. But if you are not a big phone person, don’t buy this – it’s hard to fit it in pockets, has poor single-handed usability and is prone to drops. Read our full review here: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review

The iPhone SE makes this list because it’s the only iOS phone in this price range that offers value. The only con of this phone is its size. But the ‘small phone’ argument aside, we can say it’s a complete phone. The software experience on iOS is fluid, and the performance is still up to date, even compared to Android phones in this segment. It has the best set of cameras on both front and back, which was also seen on the iPhone 6S. We must warn that if you are moving from a more than 5-inch display phone, you may find the display crammed. It’s not the best display to watch videos or play games, but it’s certainly a great option if software experience, performance and camera are your priorities.
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Mother’s Day 2019 gift ideas: 15 gadgets for the tech-savvy Aussie mum

Mother’s Day 2019 gift ideas: 15 gadgets for the tech-savvy Aussie mum

Every mum is special – be it your mum or your significant other helping you raise your l’il ’uns – and they all deserve nothing but the best. And just ‘cause mum is a lovely lady doesn’t mean she always wants flowers and chocolates on Mother’s Day.While breakfast in bed is a great way to begin pampering mum on her special day, there are plenty of other amazing goodies out there that will make her grin from ear to ear.So treat her to a new gadget that will give her the edge she needs to morph into a supermum. Does she love to cook? Get her a gizmo that will help her whip up the family’s favourites in no time at all. Does she love to read? Then fill a new ereader with digital books so she can take her entire library with her.Our top picks for the 2019 Mother’s Day tech gift guide combine utility with elegance, with a variety of options that are sure to make every mum feel special.
KitchenAid Artisan KSM150 stand mixer
Image: KitchenAidIf your mum loves cook, you can’t go wrong with the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150 mixer. It’s been built to last while beating, kneading and whisking pretty much everything. In fact, the attachment hub will transform the mixer into a pasta maker, vegetable slicer, sausage maker and so much more.
JBL Link View smart display
Image: JBLIt’s the most expensive smart display available, but it’s well worth the money, especially if you’ve got a mum that enjoys her music. The JBL Link View offers the best audio experience of any smart display on the market right now, despite its compact form, and she’ll rarely need to push the volume more than halfway up if she wants to pump out some tunes or watch a video. Plus she’ll get Google Assistant to help her with her day – after all, traditional smart speakers are so 2018.
Fitbit Versa
Image: FitbitYou don’t have to shell out a whole load of cash to get mum a smartwatch that not only looks good but performs well. The Fitbit Versa is an Apple Watch-esque smart wearable without the jaw-dropping price tag or thickness, and it will help your mother keep on top of her fitness regime and also keep tabs on her reproductive cycle. She can store her favourite music on board too, and the watch pairs seamlessly with Bluetooth headphones.
Mophie PowerStation Plus charger
Image: MophieA premium look and built-in cable tips for both micro USB and Apple Lightning aren’t the only features of the Mophie PowerStation Plus. There’s a second USB port so mum can charge two devices at once. The PowerStation Plus offers 2.1A output and smart adaptive charging technology, giving your devices a quick top-up. While the PowerStation Plus Mini carries a 4,000mAh battery, the PowerStation Plus XL sports a huge 12,000mAh capacity. Grab the size you think best suits your mum’s needs.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
Image: FujifilmThis Fujifilm snapper looks nothing like an instant camera, in fact, its retro good looks will make mum feel really cool when she whips it out of her bag to take those instantly printable memories. The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is also the only instant camera to come with a rechargeable battery which, according to Fujifilm, should last as long as 10 film packs. And with some manual control, it feels like it’s pitched to the photo enthusiast.
Tile Style Bluetooth tracker
Image: TileIf your mum’s forever losing her keys, this little white square will help her keep tabs on her handbag or key bunch via Bluetooth and a companion app. It’s slim, waterproof, durable and looks great stuck on any item or attached to a key ring. Moreover, it’s a great gift idea for anyone on a budget.
Jabra Elite 65t
Image: JabraJabra has packed a heck of a lot of functionality into the Elite 65t without compromising on sound quality. For less than $300, mum can get a great pair of true wireless ‘buds with a sleek and durable design that’s comfortable to wear as well. There’s up to five hours of battery life, with a few more top-ups from the charging case as well. And, with the companion app, it offers a decent degree of customisation as well, for both Android and iOS users.
iRobot Roomba 690
Image: iRobotVacuuming can be a real chore, but with a robot vacuum doing the dirty work, your mother will love coming home to a freshly cleaned floor. With just the press of a button, this little droid will do its thing and get back to its charging base all on its own. It can handle carpets and hard floors and won’t burn a massive hole in the pocket either.
Upright Go posture trainer
Image: Upright TechnologiesDoes mum spend a lot of time sitting down for work? She might be developing back issues if she isn’t too careful about her posture. That’s where the Upright Go comes in. It’s a small wearable that sticks on to a person’s upper back and vibrates the moment their posture goes awry. It’s a nifty little device that can help reduce the pain in mum’s neck and back.
Marley EM-JT000 Stir It Up turntable
Image: House of MarleyIf your mother loves her dusty ol’ vinyls, then help her get them out of storage so she can enjoy them again on a turntable that looks classically good. It features a bamboo plinth, an Audio-Technica cartridge and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. Moreover, the Stir It Up even has USB to PC recording, so your mum can even use it to save digital copies of her favourite vinyl tracks.
Amazon Kindle ereaders
Image: AmazonIf your mum loves to read, give her the convenience of carrying her entire library around with her. The latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite is the best yet. With Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity globally, downloading books anywhere is a breeze. The screen light is easily adjusted to suit the reading environment and the battery generally lasts a few weeks between charges, even with the light on. And it’s the most cost-effective Kindle, too.To truly pamper your book-loving mum, however, you might want to step up to the Kindle Oasis. It offers the best e-reading experience money can buy, and features a very easy-to-use navigation system in a beautifully designed device.
Google Chromecast
Image: GoogleLet your mother get cosy on the couch and binge-watch some of her favourite TV shows on her not-so-smart TV. The Chromecast is one of the best media streamers available today and it’s great value for money. For just $55, mum gets a nifty little device that can cast movies and shows onto her TV from her phone, tablet or laptop without needing to get herself a truly smart telly.
Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit
Image: PhilipsNot having to get up to switch lights on or off is one less thing to do… but waking up and going to sleep to lights that mimic sunrise and sunset is better still. The Philips Hue White Ambiance smart lights are fully programmable and easily controlled via an app or a digital assistant and offer lights ranging within the white and yellow spectrum. They’re great for setting the mood and giving a room a glow that suits the occasion.
Foreo UFO
Image: ForeoIt might have a strange name, but this little device will pamper mum in the shower, offering her spa-worthy facials in the comfort of her own home. The Foreo UFO uses the company’s masks with sonic pulses and LED light therapy to keep skin glowing and revitalised, and it’s all done within 90 seconds.
GUS Eco Bamboo multi-device charging station
Image: AmazonIs mum constantly misplacing her charging cables or complaining of all her cables getting tangled? She needs an organiser that will hold all her devices (up to and including a laptop) so she can keep them charged in a neat and orderly fashion. The GUS bamboo charging station has one large slot for laptops – with enough space to accomodate laptops from big Windows machines to petite Apple MacBooks – along with a slot for a tablet and three slots that will accommodate smartphones. It’s something the entire family might use – and will look good on any table.

Best Android phones in UAE for 2019: which should you buy?

Best Android phones in UAE for 2019: which should you buy?

If you’re on the hunt for the best Android smartphone around, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put all the major Google-powered handsets through their paces to give you our best Android phones round-down.There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS.Update: The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has been put through our in-depth review process and it’s managed to nab itself the top place in our best Android phone list. The big names are all here; Samsung, LG, Huawei and OnePlus are at the fore. The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.
Best smartphone: the top phones we’ve testedBest affordable phones: head here if don’t want to spend thousandsTo help find the most fitting Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.So here they are – the best Android phones money can buy today. Perfect if you’re looking for a gift for a loved one… or yourself.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the best Android phone you can buy right now, packing the best of what Samsung has to offer.It’s a big phone that’s designed for big hands – and it takes the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package that we’ve loved testing.The Super AMOLED 6.4-inch display has been measured as the very best around, with super colours, plus there’s a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.Battery life is an improvement over the S9 Plus, thanks to the larger 4,100mAh battery inside and you also get Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices on the rear of the handset.The trio of cameras on the rear of the Galaxy S10 Plus are among the best on the market, offering more features, shooting modes and overall clarity. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the best phone from the Chinese firm to date, offering up a heady mix of design, power and performance with a party piece in the form of an in-display fingerprint scanner thrown in too.The Mate 20 Pro packs a huge 6.39-inch display giving you a lots of space for gaming and movies, and its QHD resolution and HDR10 support ensures everything looks great.It also comes with three rear cameras, nabbing the excellent 40MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto lenses from the P20 Pro – but the third sensor is new. It’s an ultra-wide 16MP snapper allowing you to cram even more of your surroundings into each shot.The Mate 20 Pro is a full-featured phone for a full-featured price – it even has a few tricks you won’t see elsewhere, and more powerful specs than most of its competitors.Read more: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

The Galaxy Note 9 boasts a huge screen and a huge amount of power under the hood, plus there’s the iconic S Pen stylus which slides into the body of the phone for safe keeping.It means the Note 9 offers a huge array of productivity functions few phones can compete with, but the overall package isn’t quite as finessed as the Galaxy S9 Plus – not to mention its high price tag.For power users who want a phone that will doing pretty much anything they ask of it, the Galaxy Note 9 is a top choice.Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Image Credit: TechRadarLike the look of the new S10 and S10 Plus, but not a fan of their lofty price tags? Well fear not, as Samsung has catered for you with the Galaxy S10e, which is our favorite one-handed Android phone.The Galaxy S10e has many of the flagship features of its pricier siblings, while offering a more palm-friendly size and a few compromises to help keep the cost down.It’s hard not to recommend the S10e to anyone who prefers a smaller phone. This smartphone is for folks who want to text and browse apps one-handed without compromising performance. Read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S10e review

The price of flagship phones are rising every year, but you don’t need to pay top dollar for a top-notch experience.OnePlus offers flagship phones at a lower price point and while its first few handsets didn’t trouble the established names, its more recent efforts have really pushed the likes of Samsung, Apple and co. You get the latest flagship power under the hood, a huge screen, dual rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner included with the OnePlus 6T.The OnePlus 6T is a good-looking and powerful smartphone that can compete with handsets from the larger and more established brands on the market while undercutting them in price.Read more: OnePlus 6T review
Image Credit: TechRadarThe bigger S10 Plus is by far Samsung’s best phone, but the standard S10 backs almost all the same top-end features into a more compact form factor and slightly lower price tag (but still steep).The Samsung Galaxy S10 gets proper under-the-hood upgrades. You’ll like all of these powerful features, while your friends will like the new Wireless PowerShare perk – it helps them out more than you. Read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S10 review

What’s this? A second Huawei phone in the top 5? Your eyes do not deceive you, the Huawei P20 Pro really is fourth in our best Android phone rundown.After years of threatening the top players in the smartphone game without really worrying them, 2018 has seen a significant uptick from the Chinese firm and the beautiful P20 Pro.The triple camera setup on the rear of the P20 Pro provides great flexibility – and an excellent low-light mode – while the battery life comfortably gets through a day.Then there’s the eye-catching, two-tone finish on the rear which really sets the P20 Pro apart from the competition.Read our full review: Huawei P20 Pro

The LG G7 ThinQ is a confident step up from its predecessor – the LG G6 – with LG allowing itself to be a little bolder with the design and features on its latest flagship Android phone.Its display comes with an ultra-bright mode which boosts brightness to an eye-dazzling 1000nits, handy if you’re desperately trying to Instagram your latest snap from the beach.The AI built into the camera can recognize what you’re shooting and adjust the settings accordingly, to give you the best shot.There are two cameras on the rear of the G7 ThinQ, with the secondary snapper offering up a super-wide angle lens to give you a different perspective on things. We just wish LG would drop the ‘ThinQ’ part of the name.Read our full review: LG G7 ThinQ

With average phone sizes rising,  the Galaxy S8 Plus at 6.2-inches has become the gold standard. Everything we love about the Galaxy S8 is available here as Samsung has decided to only really changed the sizes of the screens rather than fiddling with the spec inside the device.That same powerful 12MP camera and top of the range power setup is here to do everything you want it to as well as the new biometric tech that may allow you to unlock your phone faster than ever before.Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
The Honor View 20 is the best phone to come out of the Chinese brand, with a striking rear design (which may divide opinion), plenty of power under the hood, an impressive 48MP camera and a ‘punch-hole’ display which ushers in the post-notch revolution.Screen: There’s a huge 6.4-inch display on the View 20, giving you plenty of space to play with. It’s the location of the front-facing, 25MP camera within the screen which is the real talking point though, as rather than appearing in a bezel or a notch which juts into the screen, it’s surround by screen. It’s different, but will it catch on?Battery life: The Honor View 20 has a big 4,000mAh and the result is a battery which will comfortably last through an entire day and into the next on a single charge.Camera: The View 20 is the world’s first smartphone to boast a 48MP rear camera, as the firm has used Sony’s new sensor to provide a camera which really packs a punch.Mini verdict: An ultra-high-resolution camera and punch hole screen are the highlights on the Honor View 20, and they set a standard this year’s more expensive phones will need to match.Read more: Honor View 20 reviewPrice comparison: The best Honor View 20 deals