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Google Pixel 5: the top 5 things we’ve got left to learn

The Google Pixel 5 is probably almost here. Google is holding an event on September 30 and we fully expect to see its next flagship there. As with most major smartphones though, the Pixel 5 has also been extensively leaked, so we already have a very good idea of what to expect. Just about every single spec and detail has leaked at this point, but there are still a few gaps in our knowledge, or things that haven’t leaked much so we’re less sure if they’re true. With that in mind we’ve come up with five things that we’ve still got left to learn about the Google Pixel 5 – some of them we have little idea about, others we might have heard whispers about but aren’t at all certain of. 1. The price There have been a number of Pixel 5 price leaks but they don’t all totally line up. In the US for example we’ve heard that it could either cost $649 or $699. The former is the same price as the first Google Pixel was at launch, so if true that could mean a price of £599 / AU$1,079 in the UK and Australia, as that’s what the original Pixel cost in those regions. But elsewhere we’ve seen a price of £615 (around $790 / AU$1,095) leaked, while in parts of Europe there’s a suggestion that it could cost €629 (roughly $585 / £455 / AU$815). So we’re not really sure, though most of these prices are…Continue readingGoogle Pixel 5: the top 5 things we’ve got left to learn

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This is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

QGeeM Hubboard – £54.90 from Amazon(roughly $70)This nifty device from QGeeM crosses a laptop docking station with a keyboard. The design is certainly innovative, but it’s a serious shame there’s no PC built in.View Deal Vendors have long toyed with the idea of integrating keyboards with desktop PCs – after all, this is how the first mainstream computers were presented to budding hobbyists back in the 1970s. Fast forward to today and a Chinese company with an unorthodox name (QGeeM) has released a keyboard with plenty of ports, but sadly no computer inside – and that’s a massive disappointment. The Hubboard, as it is called, squeezes 11 ports into a minuscule keyboard; you get all the essentials and then some. There’s a legacy VGA port, three USB ports, two USB-Type-C (one with power delivery), a Gigabit Ethernet port, microSD card slot, SD card slot, audio port and an HDMI connector that can output to 4K. There are a number of obvious issues with the device, though. There’s no numeric keypad – let alone a touchpad) – so while it’s great for drafting a quick email, you’ll long for an input peripheral before long. For some reason, QGeeM also opted for a super cramped chassis with barely any space between the keys, plus the function and cursor keys are also squashed. We would have loved to see a computer (Android or Windows-based) built in, which would have made this piece of kit even more useful. Add in a battery and you’d…Continue readingThis is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

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The best fibre broadband deal we’ve seen for a long time comes to an Saturday

Virgin has ruled the world of broadband deals for the past few months, sitting comfortably ahead of the competition with its latest offering. However, that awesome deal is now finally coming to an end. With an end date of Saturday, September 5 set in place, the race really is on to get your hands on this bargain internet plan. It will cost you just £24 a month but offers speeds averaging 108Mb – roughly double what its closest competitors are offering at this price point. On top of that, Virgin has taken it a step further by also including a £75 Amazon voucher with this package – perfect for the upcoming Amazon Prime Day. If you’re in an area that can get Virgin, you’re going to really struggle to get a better offer than this. You can find out more about this below or if you miss the end date, consult our guide to the best fibre broadband deals. Virgin broadband deals: Virgin M100 Fibre Broadband | 12 months | 108Mb average speed | £24 per month | FREE activation + £75 voucherThis latest offer from Virgin is pretty fantastic. It offers speeds averaging 108Mb at a price of just £24 a month. There’s nothing to pay upfront and on top of the excellent speeds and pricing combo, Virgin is also throwing in a £75 Amazon.co.uk voucher on top. Just get in there before it ends. This offer ends on September 5 at 11.59View Deal Is Virgin fibre broadband available…Continue readingThe best fibre broadband deal we’ve seen for a long time comes to an Saturday

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The best fibre broadband deal we’ve seen in ages is coming to an end this week

Usually one of the most expensive providers of broadband deals, Virgin has been trying out a new look recently. For the past few weeks, Virgin has had one of the best fibre plans we’ve seen for a very long time…but that now ends this week. This Friday sees an end to the current M100 discount. Charging just £24 a month for speeds averaging 108Mb, Virgin is offering roughly double the speeds of the competition for a similar price. While those factors alone are highly tempting, Virgin follows it up with a complete lack of upfront bills and a tempting incentive – a big ol’ £75 Amazon.co.uk voucher – perfect for the upcoming Amazon Prime Day. We’ve listed everything you need to know about this Virgin broadband deal below, just make sure you get in there before Friday at 11.59pm. Virgin broadband deals: Virgin M100 Fibre Broadband | 12 months | 108Mb average speed | £24 per month | FREE activation + £75 voucherThis offer from Virgin is fantastic. It charges nothing upfront and only £24 a month to land speeds averaging 108Mb. On top of that strong balance of price and speeds, Virgin is also throwing in a £75 Amazon.co.uk voucher. With all of those factors together, this is a winner for anyone needing fibre – just get in there before it ends on Friday.View Deal Is Virgin fibre broadband available in my area? Approximately 60% of UK households can get superfast Virgin broadband. It’s quite simple to find out…Continue readingThe best fibre broadband deal we’ve seen in ages is coming to an end this week

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We’ve entered the breakup phase of lockdown romances

It seemed like the perfect match.  Me, him, and a pandemic that forced us to spend four months getting to know each other.  In many ways it felt like an IRL version of Love Is Blind, the show where people get to know each other through opaque screens, often developing feelings before laying eyes on the object of their affection. I was spending lockdown at my parents’ house in Warwickshire, and he was in London. For a while, I felt like a 19th century woman passing love notes to an interested suitor. It had all been a refreshing break from the exhaustingly fast-paced culture of on-demand dating apps and the requests to meet up the very same day as matching with someone. Here, I had the luxury of truly getting to know someone without the pressure of meeting up lest they lose interest and swipe on to someone new.  After months of non-stop messaging, lockdown restrictions began to lift and we decided to finally meet in person. My nerves were a mess on the day of the date, I was so worried there’d be no spark. Those fears, it turns out, were justified. When we met, I didn’t feel that same connection we’d had over message. I felt silly that I had constructed an idea of a person in my mind that didn’t live up to reality. Perhaps I should have done a virtual date with him, but truthfully I felt too socially awkward and nervous to try that. But…Continue readingWe’ve entered the breakup phase of lockdown romances

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The DeanBeat: What we’ve learned about pandemic gaming

The second-quarter earnings results from major game companies over the past two weeks have taught us more about how gamers are responding to the pandemic. The big question is whether the gains are temporary or permanent, as that will determine how much bigger the $159 billion game industry will become. We won’t know exactly for a while, but we have more evidence for both arguments with the Q2 calendar financial results that came in from Electronic Arts (which gained tens of millions new players in Q2), Activision Blizzard (which gained 21 million players in the quarter), Take-Two Interactive (whose 7-year-old game Grand Theft Auto V sold 5 million copies in the quarter), and Zynga (which bumped its expectations upward for the year by $360 million). Mobile game publisher Glu blew past its bookings targets as it launched Disney Sorcerer’s Arena. Overseas, Nexon reported its best Q2 in history, with sales up 20% from a year ago. Analysts like Morgan Stanley’s Brian Nowak believe that entertainment dollars are shifting from external experiences (like travel, bars, restaurants, and sports) to in-home entertainment like gaming and e-commerce. Against these positive numbers is the negative issue hanging over everyone’s heads. Amid a global tragedy and record unemployment, how long will gamers keep spending money? Nexon noted that “harsh conditions in the business environment” are expected to continue, noting “concerns of an economic downturn due to the sharp decline in consumption attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic while the end of the pandemic is still nowhere…Continue readingThe DeanBeat: What we’ve learned about pandemic gaming

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NASDAQ 100 sits on nearly $1T in cash — and we’ve got the charts to prove it

Earlier this week, Google parent Alphabet raised $10 billion despite already sitting on $121 billion in cash — a decision no doubt fuelled by the Fed’s souped-up money printer and record low interest rates. But the Mountain View giant is not alone; the rest of US tech is hoarding too. In 2012, the companies currently featured in the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 (NDX) stock index collectively held $400 billion in cash and other small investments. Now, they’ve amassed more than $927 billion — more than half a trillion dollars saved in eight years. It’s not just the richest companies: the rest of the NASDAQ 100 is saving cash too. Microsoft and Alphabet are NASDAQ’s kings of cash As one might expect, the biggest tech giants have the deepest pockets. But five companies in particular are saving more than any other: Microsoft, Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook. Together, they’ve added $323 billion since 2012. Now, the reserves of those five tech companies represent more than half of the total cash controlled by the entire NDX, which includes around 100 firms. These top 5 tech companies are becoming more cash dominant. TradingView data, chart made with Flourish. On the other hand, some would rather deplete their war chests. Hard Fork found networking mainstay Cisco “saved” the least, now with $20 billion less compared to 2012; biotech play Amgen $14 billion has less; and eBay $3.8 billion. Still, more than 80% of the companies currently in the NDX added cash to their kitties since 2012. The real question is:…Continue readingNASDAQ 100 sits on nearly $1T in cash — and we’ve got the charts to prove it

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We’ve been working from home for 5 months. Here’s what we learned.

Like many, many others around the world, we’ve been working from home for close to six months here at Mashable due to the coronavirus pandemic. We miss our coworkers and our lunch spots, but we’ve managed to get by knowing we’re fortunate to be able to work from home at all.  Since we work on the internet, a big part of “getting by” has been learning the myriad ways tech can help and hinder us throughout the day. With that in mind, here are just a few of the basics that we and other remote workers have had to internalize and make part of our daily routines while our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic. We know you’d prefer to be back at the office or out with your friends, but take these tips to heart and working and videoconferencing from home can suck just a little bit less. WiFi is important, it turns out  I’ll start with the most blindingly obvious problem that could possibly emerge in a world where most people are forced to either work or entertain themselves from home for months on end: Bad internet. It can happen to anyone, especially those of us who aren’t diligent about regularly testing and upgrading our equipment when necessary. If you’re working online every day, spotty WiFi is a life ruiner. It makes communication with your coworkers very difficult, especially using any kind of video call service. Even if you’re not working online, having consistent internet is…Continue readingWe’ve been working from home for 5 months. Here’s what we learned.

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This is the cheapest 1TB laptop we’ve ever seen

Auktion H15 laptop – $479.99 at Gearbest(£386.40/AU$695.99)We’ve never come across Auktion before, but this Chinese reseller is currently offering the world’s cheapest laptop with a 1TB SSD. The  rest of the specs won’t blow you away, but it could be worth a punt if storage and price are priorities.View Deal Kuu K2 laptop – $329.00 at Gearbest(£264.85/AU$477.05)The Kuu K2 is a great alternative if you’re after a solid privacy-focused laptop, provided you don’t mind the slightly smaller SSD.View Deal This is the first time we’ve come across Auktion, but the brand has certainly piqued our interest. It hails from popular online electronics marketplace Gearbest and appears to be one of the dozens of laptop resellers to come out of China, but with one crucial difference.  The Auktion H15 is currently the most affordable laptop on the market that comes with a 1TB SSD out of the box, available for just $479.99 (or £386.40/AU$695.99). Yes, you could of course buy one with a much smaller SSD, then purchase a 1TB drive and use a disc cloning software to transfer your operating system. But for most of us, the saving isn’t worth the hassle. The H15 features some pretty standard hardware: the quasi-ubiquitous Intel Celeron J4115 processor (four-core, four-threads), 8GB DDR4 memory, 15.6-inch full HD display, dedicated numeric keypad and a backlit keyboard. At 1.4kg, it is surprisingly light for a laptop with this form factor, but we do have a few concerns about the device too. We were frustrated learn about…Continue readingThis is the cheapest 1TB laptop we’ve ever seen

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EE is offering one of the best broadband deals we’ve ever seen from the brand

Best known as the UK’s leading mobile phone network, in recent years EE has been subtly slipping into the world of broadband deals too. While it is generally quite affordable, it is almost never discounted…until now. Currently, EE is offering the best fibre broadband deals we’ve seen it produce in a very long time, maybe even ever. Across both of its cheaper fibre plans, EE is currently offering pre-paid Mastercards worth £75 that you can spend wherever you please. That effectively brings the costs you’re paying way down to match some of the best cheap broadband deals around. And if you’re an existing EE phone deals customer, you can save an additional 10% on the bills. You can find out more about these EE broadband deals below. EE broadband deals: EE Unlimited Fibre broadband | 18 months | 36Mb average speed | £24 per month | FREE activation + £75 MastercardIf you’ve considered investing in EE’s broadband deals, now is the perfect time to get them. The cheaper of the two scores you speeds averaging 36Mb while only charging you £24 a month to get it. While that’s already pretty impressive, it does get better – EE is currently also throwing in a £75 Mastercard.View Deal EE Unlimited Fibre Plus broadband | 18 months | 67Mb average speed | £27 per month | FREE activation + £75 voucherIf you live in a big household or play lots of games or just generally tend to need faster speeds, EE could be…Continue readingEE is offering one of the best broadband deals we’ve ever seen from the brand