Apple iPhone X – Release date, UK price and why you may struggle to buy one | Tech | Life & Style

Last week, Apple unveiled its most radical iPhone to date.

The iPhone X, (or iPhone 10 as it’s officially pronounced), features a 5.8-inch OLED display that covers the entire front of the device.

This screen is the brightest and sharpest ever seen on an iPhone and its clever design means owners get a much bigger display in a smartphone that’s physically smaller in their pocket.

Other new features include Face ID, which now replaces Apple’s famous Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

This facial recognition technology will unlock the device and secure Apple Pay payments by simply looking at the screen.

It has also allowed Apple to make emoji’s more interactive as the iPhone X now includes something called Animoji.

These animated characters can mirror a user’s captured facial expressions adding a personal touch to messages.

A TrueDepth camera captures and analyses over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot.

Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, customers can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.

The iPhone X can also be charged wirelessly and has Apple’s latest A11 Bionic processor tucked inside which is the fastest set of brains the US technology giant has created.

An improved dual-lens camera also means the iPhone X can now take much better photos especially in low-light situations.

WHEN WILL THE iPHONE X GO ON SALE?

The iPhone X will arrive in stores from November 3 with fans able to pre-order from October 27.

Apple is selling the iPhone X directly and all the major networks are also stocking this new device with many already having pages on their websites where people can register their interest.

HOW MUCH WILL THE iPHONE X COST?

SIM-only prices for the iPhone X will start from £999 for the 64GB version and £1,149 for the 256GB model.

Full contract prices are yet to be released but a number of mobile operators have given some early indication of deals.

Most pay-monthly offers start from around £60 per month plus a hefty upfront fee.

For example, Carphone Warehouse says its iPhone X contracts will start £58 per month, with £149 upfront cost.

EE has also released a couple of prices which give customers 15GB of data for £77.99 per month with a £49.99 upfront fee.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO GET ONE?

Although the iPhone X has an official release date of early November it’s likely many fans won’t be able to get one until much later in the year.

Demand is expected to high and Apple may struggle to keep up with the huge surge in interest.

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently suggested some customers may not get devices until 2018.

In his latest research note with KGI Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said demand for the all-new iPhone X won’t be fully met until at least the first half of next year due to supply constraints.

This won’t be the first time Apple users have had to wait to get hold of the latest devices with many of the most popular iPhones usually running out of stock as soon as they are launched.

iPhone X preview – Macworld UK

It’s ten years since the iPhone was first unveiled and Apple has marked the occasion with a new iPhone that doesn’t just jump one generation, it jumps six generations! Yes, Apple has leaped straight from iPhone 7 (via the iPhone 8, previewed here) all the way to iPhone 10, bypassing the iPhone 7s and leapfrogging the iPhone 9 altogether.

To confuse everyone even more, iPhone 10 is written as iPhone X. Just like Mac OS X was Mac OS 10. The company likes Roman numerals. Unfortunately people tend to say what they see, so we expect there will be a lot of confusion about what this new iPhone is called.

Naming conventions aside, how does the new flagship iPhone shape up? Is it going to revolutionise the smartphone again like the iPhone did, or is Apple just playing catch up with the rest of the industry. Here are our first thoughts, plus the opinions of our US colleague Jason Snell who was at the launch event and was able to get his hands on the device.

Design & Build quality

The first thing that will strike you about the iPhone X is that this is the first iPhone without the trademark Home Button. Does that mean it looks less like an iPhone?

When you see the iOS home screen (which will be iOS 11 by the time the iPhone X ships) there will be no mistaking the fact that it’s an iPhone. On the side you’ll see the familiar volume control buttons and on/off switch, plus the Apple logo on the back of the device is another giveaway.

The phone is also still available in the very Apple Silver and Space Grey. No Gold or Rose Gold to be seen though. There’s no such frivolity, this is a serious phone.

The Home Button had to go because Apple has given us a display that stretches across the entire front of the phone. Apparently it has always been Apple’s vision to “create an iPhone that is entirely screen”, and it’s finally done so.

It’s not only the front of the device that’s glass. The iPhone X also has a glass back to enable it to be charged wirelessly. The iPhone X (and the iPhone 8 models) will offer wireless charging using the Qi standard. This doesn’t mean that they will magically charge over the air, you will need to buy a Qi compatible charging pad to lay them on. We’ll talk more about wireless charging later.

The screen

Back to that screen. There is one key benefits to having a screen that covers the face of the iPhone. It means Apple can pack a 5.8in display into an iPhone that is actually smaller than the iPhone Plus (which has a 5.5in screen).

The iPhone X measures 143.6mm by 70.9mm, while the iPhone Plus is 158.4mm by 78.1mm. We love the bigger screen of the iPhone Plus, but we do feel that the phone can be a little cumbersome to use, so this could be a real benefit.

If you fancied the bigger screen but were put off by the size of the iPhone Plus then the iPhone X may be the answer to your prayers. The bigger screen is much more suited to watching videos and reading books, we’re even written the odd article in Pages on our iPhone Plus. Beware though, there is no going back once you start using the bigger screen, the standard iPhone display will end up looking so cramped.

It’s not only the size of the screen that is a benefit here though. The iPhone X is the only iPhone to feature a OLED screen – and it’s a beauty. It has a million-to-one contrast ratio, is HDR, features True Tone – which means that it will adjust the white balance to match the surrounding light, and offers wide colour support.

Apple has called the display Super Retina. Marketing terms aside that means it offers 2,436-by-1,125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi. That compares to the Retina HD display on the iPhone 8 Plus that offers 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi.

That’s not the highest pixel density smartphone you can get though. We’re not wanting to steal Apple’s thunder here, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers a 522 ppi screen.

If we were being really picky, our only real criticism of the screen would be the fact that there is a notch taken out of the top where the camera, speaker and microphone live. It’s a shame because the notch spoils full screen images, they are always going to have a chunk taken out of them. (It leaves less space for carrier branding too, but that will matter more to them than us).

The presence of the notch matters most when it comes to watching video. As our US colleague said after his hands-on time with the new device: “Apple has built the TV app to properly frame a video without the notch – when holding the phone in landscape orientation, the video is sized so that the side that’s on the same side as the notch ends right at the notch. If you want to make the video bigger, you can double tap as usual, and it will fill the screen – which means that part of the film’s image will be masked off by the sensor area. You get to choose if it bothers you.”

We imagine that if we were watching a movie on the iPhone X we’d be a little put off by the chunk of missing screen.

No Home Button

The other thing that we think we might struggle with is the fact that there is No Home Button on the iPhone X. Not only was the Home Button a trademark of the iPhone design, as we said above, it’s what we are used to.

To accommodate the lack of Home Button Apple has redesigned iOS in order to replace its functions. You will need to swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen to reveal Control Center, rather than swiping up from the bottom, for instance.

It means we are going to have to completely re-learn the iPhone interface after a decade with the Home Button. Perhaps we’ll be able to adapt to new ways of doing things but I predict that we will experience a lot of frustrations as we get use to the interface changes.

Maybe it won’t be as bad as we are anticipating though. Our colleague over at Macworld US said that while they kept reaching down instinctively with their thumb to click the home button, which wasn’t there, they found that on remembering they were using an iPhone X they quickly redirected their thumb to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, just as they would today to call up Control Centre.

Doing so would hide the current app and reveal the home screen. He said that the new gestures are intuitive, we’re not so sure but we are willing to be convinced once we get our hands on the new phone.

Face ID

It’s not just the interface that has to adapt to the removal of the Home Button. Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint recognition system introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013 as a way to secure your iPhone, and paving the way for Apple Pay, has vanished from the iPhone X too.

We think that this is a failing on the part of Apple and a real shame. Apple says that it’s replacement Face ID is more secure than a fingerprint but we just feel that it is sure to be prone to error. We just don’t feel confident about Face ID working right now, and the fact that when Apple’s Craig Federighi tried to perform his live demo on stage at the keynote he had to go to his backup iPhone X because the first one didn’t recognise his face properly.

We have so many questions about Face ID and how it will be implemented. For example, how util Face ID work when we are using Apple Pay at a payment terminal or on the tube? We’ll have to wait until we can test it in the real world to find out.

InN the mean time our US colleague has at least been able to see Face ID in action. He said that while he couldn’t set up Face ID to recognise his own face, he saw an Apple employee use Face ID to unlock the phone and it worked when she looked at the screen.

However, he said, she experienced some quirks. “Sometimes the screen would go to sleep before she unlocked the phone, and more than once she accidentally pressed the side button and triggered Siri,” he said.

Of course by the time the iPhone X launches in November this will most likely have been fixed as these would have been early models.

A few words on how Face ID works. It creates a precise depth map of your face, which means that it’s not just recognising a 2D image of you but a 3D image of you. This, we assume, is why Face ID doesn’t recognise photos or masks (so don’t bother printing out a photo of your other half to hack into their phone, it won’t work).

On the other hand, if you are an evil twin looking to get into your sibling’s new iPhone you’ll be laughing.

Wireless charging

The other feature we touched on earlier is wireless charging. This one isn’t unique to the iPhone X though – the iPhone 8 will get it too.

To charge your iPhone wirelessly you will need to buy a Qi compatible mat. Apple’s planning to release its own AirPower mat – but that won’t arrive until 2018.

It’s worth noting here that if you want to wirelessly charge your iPhone you can actually do so now. You just need to buy a specially designed iPhone case or a device that plugs into your iPhone and a pad or mat on which you place your iPhone to charge. We have an article on how to get wireless charging on your iPhone here with some recommended products.

We’re not that sure we care that much about being able to charge our iPhone wirelessly though. Sure it can be fiddly trying to plug in the lightening cable (and they are notorious for fraying around the plug which is a bit of a concern), but at least you can plug your iPhone in at your desk at work, or charge it in your car, and, crucially, plug your phone in and look at it while its charging. If you are wirelessly charging your iPhone it is actually tied down to one spot, rather than tethered by a cable. We can’t see how this is actually better.

Camera

The iPhone X camera, and for that matter the iPhone 8 camera, offers 12MP, just like the camera in the iPhone 7 generation did. However there are some improvements.

The 12MP camera in the iPhone X (and that in the iPhone 8 Plus) has a new Portrait Lighting feature, with five different lighting styles to enhance your photos taken in Portrait Mode.

Like the 7 Plus the portrait photo poker effect is made possible by the fact that there are two lenses, but the telephoto lens has a faster aperture in the newer models. With a ƒ/2.4 aperture joining the wide-angle ƒ/1.8 aperture, rather than the ƒ/2.8 aperture of the previous generation.

The main distinction between the cameras in the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus is the front facing camera in the X. Here we have a 7MP TrueDepth camera which offers it’s own Portrait Mode along with the Portrait Lighting feature. So you will be able to take spectacular selfies, as long as you are looking spectacular.

There’s also improved video stablisation, with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 cameras all offering 4K up to 60fps (rather than last generations 30fps). And there’s 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.

Tech specs

In terms of processor, RAM, storage and battery the iPhone X will offer the following. We’ll list the specs here for now, but when we get our hands on the new phone we will be benchmarking it fully.

  • A11 Bionic chip
  • Six-core CPU (Apple says this is the smartest and most powerful ever seen in a smartphone)
  • An Apple-designed GPU (which has three cores and is capable of powering AR at 60fps, as well as enabling new machine learning and 3D games.)
  • Storage of 64GB or 256GB
  • Battery life that’s two hours more than the iPhone 7

Software

The new iPhone X will run iOS 11, which is due to launch on 19 September.

There are a few software features that will only be available on the iPhone X. These include the new Animoji. These are emoji that can mimic your own expressions. They are possible on the iPhone X because the TrueDepth camera on the front of the device (the one used for Face ID) can analyses more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions. There are 12 Animoji to choose from.

Animoji I a fun feature, but we’re suspicious that it will be one of those use it once for a laugh and never again types of things. Like the Apple Watch emoji. But maybe that’s just us.

You’ll also be able to enjoy some AR features thanks to the new gyroscopes and accelerometers that are incorporated for motion tracking. The TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X will enable some additional AR features.

Release date

You’ll be able to order the iPhone X from 27 October. The official release day is 3 November, although we are expecting supplies to be constrained initially.

Pricing

The iPhone X will cost $999 / £999 for the 64GB model. For the 256GB model you will be looking at paying $1,149 / £1,149.

Call of Duty Endowment charity comes to the UK to help veterans find work

Call of Duty Endowment charity comes to the UK to help veterans find workACTIVISION

Get in touch with of Duty Endowment charity will come to the Uk to help veterans find do the job

Activision has declared that The Get in touch with of Duty Endowment, a US charitable fund that presents grants to help veterans find significant-excellent work, is growing its assist to the Uk.

The Endowment helps veterans find significant-excellent professions by supporting groups that put together them for the task industry and by elevating consciousness of the worth vets deliver to the workplace.

This non-earnings US charitable fund was founded in 2009 by Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard, who has also been ably assisted by Normal James L. Jones, a former NATO Commander and Nationwide Security Advisor to President Barack Obama as well as Dan Goldenberg, a veteran and captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

The primary objective of the Endowment was to detect and fund very best-in-class organisations to position 25,000 veterans in jobs by the close of 2018.

But by way of challenging do the job, that objective was achieved two yrs early, giving far more than £19 million lbs . in funding to very best-in-class non-earnings organisations and inserting far more than 37,000 U.S. veterans into whole-time jobs with an regular 2016 starting wage of £42,000.

Immediately after a incredible start off, the Endowment has now, ambitiously, been revised to position 50,000 veterans into significant-excellent jobs by 2019 and as stated, is growing its assist to the Uk.

 

“Our enlargement to the Uk was a normal move–with a very long-standing ally whose armed forces have served so intently with these of the US.” mentioned Dan Goldenberg, Government Director of the Endowment.

In growing to the Uk, the programme is building partnerships with a find team of charities, which Activision states will be declared in the coming months.

In the method, the endowment will ‘identify and evaluate veteran-serving non-earnings businesses that properly join recent army veterans with true occupation opportunities.’

Individuals organisations which are selected will acquire a £23,000 unrestricted grant that supports their organisation’s endeavours to position veterans in significant jobs adopted by the possibility to gain limited grants that have traditionally averaged far more than £450,000.

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The Get in touch with of Duty Endowment Double Duty Contacting Card is available

HOW CAN YOU Assist THE ENDOWMENT?

To help fund Uk endowment programmes, players will be in a position to buy The Get in touch with of Duty Endowment Double Duty Contacting Card, available as a new in-video game purchase in Get in touch with of Duty: Black Ops III.

The animated contacting card has been designed by Treyarch and will allow players to watch a assistance member completely transform prior to their eyes from a uniformed warrior to a civilian on their way to do the job, demonstrating their donation’s significant impression on the veteran local community.

In addition to the animated Contacting Card, the pack also will come with three exceptional source drops.

All proceeds obtained by Activision, as a outcome of revenue of these electronic things to Uk buyers, will go in direction of Endowment programmes devoted to discovering veterans high-excellent do the job.

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Call of Duty Endowment Launches in UK to Help Veterans Find High-Quality Employment

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(Enterprise WIRE)–The Phone of Duty™ Endowment, a US charitable fund that delivers grants
to aid veterans discover superior-top quality employment, is increasing its support
to the Uk.

The Phone of Obligation Endowment (“The Endowment”) is a non-income, personal
foundation established in 2009 by Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision
Blizzard. It is co-chaired by Common James L. Jones, previous NATO
Commander and Nationwide Stability Advisor to President Barack Obama and is
led by Dan Goldenberg, a veteran and captain in the US Navy Reserve.

The Endowment was in the beginning founded in the US to recognize and fund
ideal-in-course organisations to position 25,000 veterans in work opportunities by the close
of 2018. That purpose was satisfied two many years early, and has subsequently and
ambitiously been revised to inserting 50,000 veterans into superior-top quality
work opportunities by 2019.

Providing more than £19 million lbs in funding and other support to
ideal-in-course non-income organisations, the programme has positioned more
than 37,000 US veterans into complete-time work opportunities with an regular 2016
commencing wage of £42,000. As a outcome, the Endowment has assisted
veterans seize over £1.3 billion in initially year salaries and
demonstrated the worth of veterans in the civilian place of work to
companies throughout the US.

The expansion of its routines to the Uk will seek out to recognize and
forge partnerships with a decide on group of Uk charities, to be declared
in the coming months.

To fund Uk Endowment programmes, Activision right now declared The Phone of
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is offered in the Uk. Made by Treyarch, the animated Contacting Card
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donation’s meaningful affect on the veteran neighborhood. In addition to
the animated Contacting Card, the pack consists of a few exceptional offer drops.
All proceeds obtained by Activision, as a outcome of income of these
digital things to Uk shoppers, will go in direction of Endowment programmes
committed to finding veterans superior top quality operate.

“Our expansion to the Uk was a pure move–with a long-standing ally
whose armed forces have served so intently with those people of the US,” stated
Dan Goldenberg, Govt Director of the Endowment.

By way of its Seal of Distinction program, enabled by way of a professional bono
romance with Deloitte, the Endowment identifies and evaluates
veteran-serving non-income businesses that efficiently connect new
armed forces veterans with authentic vocation prospects. Uk application
requirements involve:

  • Organisation need to bear a review and analysis course of action, as perfectly as
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    underemployed veterans to discover superior top quality work opportunities
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  • Candidates will be assessed by metrics like, the variety of
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    price tag-for each-placement, regular commencing wage, six-thirty day period retention fee,
    and a variety of organisational, money and other health
    indicators and requirements.

Winners get a £23,000 unrestricted grant that supports their
organisation’s efforts to position veterans in meaningful work opportunities followed by
the possibility to make limited grants that have traditionally
averaged more than £450,000.

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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid UK 2017 review

What is it?

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is more fresh meat for the lower end of the Porsche Panamera range – which is a confusing enough place to negotiate as it is. There’s the entry-level Panamera, the Panamera 4, the 4S and the 4S Diesel to choose from down here already: sub-£100k options all, powered by no fewer than three different engines and offering the choice of either one driven axle or two.

Into that mix now enters the four-wheel drive Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, adding V6 petrol-electric power to the existing choice of V6 petrol or V8 diesel engines – and that’s not counting the V8 petrol or V8 petrol-electric options on offer if you’re prepared to spend upwards of £100,000 on a car with that ever-alluring ‘turbo’ badge on the bootlid.

The hybrid slots into the range between the regular Panamera 4 and the pair of 4S models on price, being slightly slower-accelerating than both of them on paper – but, confusingly, also more powerful than both.

Its combustion engine is a detuned version of the twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 from the 4S, which produces 326bhp and 332lb ft of torque. Electrical motive force comes from a 134bhp, 295lb ft motor mounted upstream of the car’s eight-speed ‘PDK’ gearbox and four-wheel drive system. So the car is technically similar to ‘plug-in’ hybrids from BMW, Mercedes and Audi, which use electric and piston engines driving a common transmission – rather than those made by the likes of Mitsubishi and Volvo with their ‘electric rear axles’.

Like other Panameras, the car offers four doors, four seats and a large liftback-style boot, and all are combined with a curving roofline that Porsche hopes you’ll consider sufficiently ‘coupe-like’ to consider the car more elegant and desirable than the average three-box saloon. And if you don’t, the 4 E-Hybrid will also be available as a Sport Turismo shooting brake.

What’s it like?

Given you’re getting an extra 22bhp and 110lb ft here compared with the 4S and you’re freeing-up nearly £10k on what you might have spent on that car, you might consider this the sweet spot of the whole Panamera range. It doesn’t drive that way – not quite, anyway – though this is still a car with a lot going for it.

Real-world performance is always better represented by in-gear acceleration than standing-start times, after all – and in manual mode, picking up from humdrum speeds in a fairly high gear, the E-Hybrid feels both instantly muscular and brisk.

The car offers ‘electric’, ‘hybrid’, ‘sport’ and ‘sport+’ driving modes, covering about 25 miles on a full battery charge in the first of them – and doing so with plenty of performance for town motoring and in typically hushed calm. The contrast when you move from zero-emission mode into ‘sport’, however, is a big one – the car’s twin-turbo V6 growling angrily and conjuring a distinct performance flavour.

When punting the car around at urban speeds, the Panamera’s eight-speed twin-clutch gearbox can struggle to make the car feel at once responsive and smooth – but when you’re accelerating hard out of town, it works quickly and blends together the dual sources of torque very well. The faster it revs, the less gutsy and special the car’s powertrain feels – but it never feels less than assertive on the road.

Another advantage the E-Hybrid gets over the more expensive 4S petrol is adaptive air suspension as standard, which makes the Panamera ride and handle with an impressive mix of suppleness, isolation and good body control. The weight penalty of that hybrid drive battery does present itself under particularly high lateral loads but isn’t a barrier to enjoying the car at normal road speeds when it feels commendably precise, and both agile and well-balanced for a car of its size.

Should I buy one?

For outright driver appeal, few luxury GTs beat the Panamera. This particular one would still rank behind both a Turbo and a 4S Diesel for us, for different reasons – but if you’re looking to beat the rush and switch to electrified power in your modern performance GT sooner rather than later, there are few more commendable ways to do it.

Equally if you’re simply a Panamera buyer looking to make your money go as far as possible, the E-Hybrid’s got plenty of rational appeal – and it’s a vastly better car to drive than its immediate predecessor was.

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Where Feltham, UK; On sale now; Price £81,141; Engine V6, 2894cc, twin-turbocharged petrol; plus electric motor Power 456bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 516lb ft at 1100-4500rpm; Gearbox 8-spd twin-clutch automatic; Kerbweight 2170kg; Top speed 172mph; 0-62mph 4.6sec; Fuel economy 113.0mpg; CO2 rating 56g/km; Rivals Lexus LC500h, Tesla Model S 90D

Samsung Gear S4 release date, UK price, specs – COUNTDOWN to launch | Tech | Life & Style

Samsung is expected to debut its new wearable – dubbed Samsung Gear S4 – at a media event in Berlin tonight.

The South Korean company confirmed to US news network CNBC that it plans to use the consumer technology conference to unveil the successor to the Gear S3.

DJ Koh – the president of Samsung’s mobile division – would not reveal any specific details about the upcoming smartwatch in the interview with CNBC.

However, Koh did allude to health as a growing area for wearables.

“If we can put in place properly a smartwatch that can monitor everything for your health and provide the information, then the market will grow,” Koh told CNBC.

Samsung has used the IFA tradeshow in Berlin to launch its Gear S devices for a number of years.

Details are still pretty sparse about the new smartwatch.

However, it seems pretty likely the new wearable will incorporate Samsung’s new smart assistant Bixby, which debuted in the Galaxy S8.

Bixby is Samsung’s answer to Siri and Google Now.

But unlike the aforementioned rivals, Bixby can perform a number of on-device tasks for you – like create albums for your photographs and change system settings.

Samsung announced a slew of new features for Bixby during the Galaxy Note 8 launch last week.

Elsewhere, the new Gear S4 (or whatever the company decides to brand it) will likely ship with a faster processor and better battery life.

Holding the announcement at IFA allows Samsung to get the word out ahead of the Apple Watch Series 3 launch, which is tipped for mid-September at the iPhone event.

However, Samsung was beaten to the punch by fitness tracking rival Fitbit.

The US brand debuted its first smartwatch, dubbed Fitbit Ionic.

It boasts a lightweight aluminium case, health and fitness features, water resistance up to 50 metres and GPS tracking.

However, unlike last year’s Fitbit Blaze – which skirted the line between smartwatch and fitness band – the Ionic will have a third-party app platform.

The Ionic runs on the brand new Fitbit OS, an operating system Fitbit have designed for smartwatches that will receive updates.

It will be compatible with a number of new apps, such as the Fitbit Coach – a personal trainer app that offers users tailored video workouts.

The Fitbit ionic has a price tag of $299 in the US, and £299 in the UK. It is available for presale from the Fitbit website.

James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, said: “Ten years ago, Fitbit pioneered the wearables category with the introduction of its first health and fitness tracker. 

“Since then, we have become the leading global wearables brand, setting the pace of innovation in the category and establishing the largest social fitness network that helps millions of people around the world be healthier.

“With Ionic, we will deliver what consumers have not yet seen in a smartwatch – a health and fitness first platform that combines the power of personalisation and deeper insights with our most advanced technology to date, unlocking opportunities for unprecedented health tracking capabilities in the future.”  

Express.co.uk will be at the IFA tradeshow next week and will bring you all the details on the latest smartwatch from Samsung.

Limited Edition Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Announced For Europe, UK and Australasia

Polyphony Digital and Sony have announced a Limited Edition Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4 console for Europe, UK, and Australasia.

Gran Turismo creator and president of Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi, announced the news on the official PlayStation EU Blog. The Slim 1TB limited edition PS4 console will release on October 18th alongside Gran Turismo Sport, and will feature an exclusive Gran Turismo Sport silver faceplate, emblazoned with the logo. In addition, a fully-customized silver DualShock 4 wireless controller with the Gran Turismo Sport logo on the touchpad will be included.

Announcing the Limited Edition Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation 4 console, launching in UK, Europe and Australasia from 18th October to coincide with the release of the latest entry in Polyphony Digital’s celebrated racing series.

This Limited Edition Console will include a Day-1 edition of Gran Turismo Sport, which offers access to $250,000 in-game credits, livery sticker packs, a chrome racing helmet and 60 PS4 avatars.

In addition to the Limited Edition PS4 console, more GT Sport bundles will be made available alongside a standalone Limited Edition DualShock 4 controller, as well as a version that’s bundled with a standard copy of the game. Down below you’ll find the GT Sport bundles that will released:

  • Jet Black PS4 1 TB edition
  • Jet Black PS4 500GB edition
  • Jet Black PS4 1TB + extra Jet Black DUALSHOCK 4 edition
  • Jet Black PS4 Pro edition

All of the bundles above will come with a standard copy of Gran Turismo Sport.

Please note that the GT Sport bundles will be made available at select retailers. As said, Gran Turismo Sport will be released for PlayStation 4 (and PS4 Pro) on October 18th.

The highly anticipated Gran Turismo installment was first slated for a release last year, but was delayed back in August of 2016 as the development team needed more time to “perfect” the game. “However, as we approach our planned release date in November, we realize we need more time to perfect GT Sport, which we’ve already dedicated so much effort towards since announcing the title“, Polyphony’s Yamauchi said.



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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Rumours – Live Stream, Release Date, UK Price & Specs

We’re creeping ever closer to the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, a phone that has been greatly hyped by fans who missed out on the explosive Note 7. Through leaks and tip-offs we have a very clear idea of what to expect, so read on for the answers to all your (hopefully not burning) Galaxy Note 8 questions.

When is the Galaxy Note 8 launch?

Samsung is holding an UnPacked event in New York’s Park Avenue Armory on 23 August in which it will announce the Galaxy Note 8.

The event takes place at 4pm BST (UK time), which is 8am PDT/11am EDT/5pm CEST/11pm HKT/midnight KST/1am 24 August AEST.

Samsung Note 8 event

Samsung Note 8 event

Where can I watch the Galaxy Note 8 live stream?

There will be a live stream of the event, and we will embed it at the top of this page as soon as it becomes available. You will also be able to watch live on Samsung’s UnPacked website and on its YouTube page.

When is the Galaxy Note 8 release date?

Though the phone will be announced on 23 August, it is not expected to go on sale in Korea until 15 September, with global territories to follow.

However, one Best Buy employee is insisting it will be available a day after the launch on 24 August. We’ll have to wait and see.

EE has already posted a link on its site to pre-register your interest in Samsung’s new phone.

How much will the Galaxy Note 8 cost in the UK?

According to respected tipster Evan Blass, writing for VentureBeat, the Galaxy Note 8 is going to cost a colossal €999. That’s €100 more than the Galaxy S8 Plus, and €200 more than the Galaxy S8.

In Sterling, expect to pay £869, with the Galaxy S8 costing £689 and the Galaxy S8 Plus £779.

What is the difference between the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8?

Previously the Note family has been differentiated from the S series through its larger screen, increased performance, longer battery life and S Pen stylus. In 2017 the Note 8 is not expected to be a great deal faster than the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – it has the same processor but an extra 2GB of RAM – and battery life is unlikely to be much different given the problems with the Note 7.

However, the Note 8 will continue to be differentiated with the S Pen stylus, and though the screen won’t be much larger than the 6.2in Galaxy S8 Plus it should feel considerably larger than the 5.8in Galaxy S8 at 6.3in. It will look very slightly different with more square-ish corners, too.

Also new to the Galaxy Note 8 will be a dual-camera – and for the first time on a Samsung flagship phone.

Read more about the differences in the upcoming Note 8 and already available Galaxy S8 here.

What are the rumoured features and specifications of the Note 8?

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display 6.3in, 18.5:9 Super AMOLED, Always-on display
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895
RAM 6GB LPDDR4
Storage 64GB plus microSD
Primary camera 12Mp dual-lens rear camera (12Mp, f/1.7 wide-angle + f/2.4 telephoto with 2x optical zoom), OIS
Selfie camera 8Mp f/1.7
Extra features S Pen stylus, rear fingerprint scanner and heart-rate sensor, DeX support
Battery 3,300mAh with wired (USB-C) and wireless fast charging
Dimensions 162.5×74.6×8.5mm
Colours Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Sea Blue

Display

Despite the Galaxy S8 Plus measuring a mighty 6.2in, the Galaxy Note 8 will measure only 6.3in.

We would expect the screen to have a Quad-HD+ or even 4K resolution, and there is talk that it could get the latter, making the Note 8 Samsung’s first 4K smartphone. It’s highly likely to be a Super AMOLED panel.

We expect to see the same design changes in the Note 8 as we did this year’s Galaxy S upgrades, which means a larger, taller, pressure-sensitive screen, with the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

It’s a jump up from the 5.7in screen on the Note 7, sure, but there’s now very little difference to separate the two phablets.

Expect Samsung to go all out on improvements to the S Pen stylus and associated software in response.

Cameras

The Note 8 is expected to feature a dual-lens camera at the back with OIS. It comprises one f/1.7 wide-angle lens and a second f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says it should be superior to that found in the iPhone 7 Plus.

Galaxy Club has unearthed the camera module it thinks the Note 8 will use. “We see, among other things, three times optical zoom, and greatly improved low-light performance. Also, there is a better HDR mode, and the ability to measure depth in 3D,” it reports.

It provides example shots of some of these features that you can see in the photo slideshow below. (Note that if you are using an ad blocker you won’t be able to see the controls to move to the next image.)

Galaxy Note 8 camera effectsGalaxy Note 8 camera effects

For selfies there will be an 8Mp f/1.7 camera at the front.

Fingerprint scanner

Many owners have complained about the positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S8, but sadly this isn’t changing for the upcoming Note 8 if we are to believe the majority of leaked images and renders.

Core hardware and performance

The Note 8 should be a tad faster than the Galaxy S8 thanks to its extra RAM – 6GB rather than 4GB. However, it will use the same processor – the Exynos 8895 in the UK, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 elsewhere. Both are 10nm chips.

The Note 8 will have 64GB of storage as standard, in addition to support for microSD. That puts it in line with the OnePlus 5.

There is reportedly going to be a version of the Note 8 known as the Emperor Edition that comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, though it’s unlikely to be sold outside Korea. The most storage we’ll see in the UK is expected to be 128GB.

The Galaxy Note 8 has been spotted on Geekbench 4 where it recorded 6066 points in the multi-core component. This is actually a tad lower (vs 6466 points) than the Galaxy S8 running an Exynos chip we tested.

It has also been seen on AnTuTu, again confirming the above specifications.

Battery

Samsung is being naturally cautious in the battery department following the disaster that was the Note 7, so we’ll see just a 3,300mAh battery inside. It will fast-charge wired or wirelessly, with the former operating over USB-C.

Audio

Having acquired Harman Kardon, Samsung says it will utilise Harman’s audio brands, which include AKG and JBL, to “deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems”.

In a recent conference call the company reportedly claimed that “The Galaxy Note 8 will feature more advanced, richer multimedia functionalities.”

Dual-SIM

According to Galaxy Club, a Samsung support page that went up too early and has now been pulled confirms there will be a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 8 in Europe.

Software

One thing we can pretty much guarantee is that the Note 8 will feature the same software as the Galaxy S8, which means Android Nougat, TouchWiz, and the brand-new Bixby AI assistant, with an update to Android O within a few months of its release.

S-Pen

The Note family stands out for its S Pen stylus support. Rumours say it could get an upgrade and integrate a new speaker. According to Patently Mobile, in September 2016 a patent was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office for the new stylus.

It says: “When the pen is being stored in the Galaxy Note body, the speaker, which is in the pen shaft, carries sound through the pen and exists at the top of the pen via a new speaker. When the pen is removed for the Note device the sound simply travels from the internal speaker through the pen shaft opening.”

New S Pen

New S Pen

Slashleaks has revealed the following image of the upcoming S Pen, though it looks to be much like its predecessor.

S Pen Note 8

S Pen Note 8

What will the Note 8 look like?

We’ve ditched all the older images from our rumour round-up, since the most recent render from @evleaks shows you the Note 8 from all angles. It looks just like the Galaxy S8 Plus, with an Infinity screen and a fingerprint scanner on the rear. But here there’s a dual-camera, too, as well as Samsung’s S-Pen. We should again see a dedicated Bixby key, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Here it is again in Sea Blue, again courtesy of @evleaks.

Sea Blue Note 8

Sea Blue Note 8

MobileFun has confirmed the official Samsung cases for the Note 8, which are now available to pre-order from its site. It says they tell us probable colours for the upcoming phone include Orchid Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Silver and Gold. It also says the case RRPs are slightly more expensive than in previous years, suggesting that in common with the Galaxy S8 the Note 8 is likely to see a price hike over the Note 7.

However, according to ET News, Samsung will actually be including a case in the box with the Galaxy Note 8. The site reports that the bundled Note 8 case will be transparent and will be thin to maintain the shape and grip.

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2017

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How Nasa’s Voyager spacecraft changed the face of UK science | Science

The rasp of the filling cabinet’s shutter fills the office, and my guest comes face to face with his past. “My pharaoh’s tomb is open,” he quips, before uttering a more heartfelt, “My goodness me.”

His name is Garry Hunt and we are standing in front of more than 80,000 postcard-sized photographs of the outer solar system. They were taken by a pair of Nasa spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, that launched 40 years ago this summer.

Although Hunt now describes himself as a “golfer extraordinaire” back in the day he was an atmospheric physicist and the man responsible for the camera system that took these images.

He was the only senior British researcher associated with the mission. His success in that role not only helped change the way we saw Earth’s place in the universe, but also opened the way for the UK to become a global player in planetary exploration.

The Voyagers returned the first detailed pictures of the four giant planets in the outer solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Each one of these planets is between five and eleven times the diameter of Earth. They have no solid surfaces, but incredible weather systems that encircle the globes in colourful cloud belts and giant hurricane-like storms.

Carl Murray and Garry Hunt being recorded as they look through the Voyager image archive at Queen Mary University of London.



Carl Murray and Garry Hunt being recorded as they look through the Voyager image archive at Queen Mary University of London. Photograph: Stuart Clark

The Voyagers showed them as remarkably alien places that even now hold clues to the way our own Earth formed more than 4.5 billion years ago. They also revealed that Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system, and gave the first hints that another moon, Europa, contains a global ocean that may harbour life.

“It’s marvellous to think this archive is still here and still being used. Being involved so long ago – we started the mission 50 years ago – and this is still of interest … it’s exciting. This was a starting point and this information will be used time and time again,” says Hunt.

One thing that the photos can be used for is to compare them to more recent images. This way, scientists can look for changes in these worlds that hint at unseen processes taking place below their surfaces.

We are being hosted in this trip down memory lane by Carl Murray, professor of mathematics and astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, where the archive is located. Back in August 1977, when the first Voyager spacecraft was launched, he had just finished his bachelor’s degree and was working the summer as a porter at a hospital in Whitechapel.

He then headed out to Cornell University, New York, to start research using these images. He still returns to them today for inspiration of what to study next. “It is like holiday snaps but showing them to friends and saying well that’s really interesting, I think I’ll make my next holiday around that,” he says.

By holiday, he means “next space mission”.

We are all here to make a retrospective programme about the missions for the BBC World Service. And while Nasa have digital copies of these images in their computers back in the US, there is undoubtedly something special about seeing the only physical collections of these images in the world. It is like seeing the crown jewels of the mission.

Back in the 70s and 80s when the spacecraft were encountering the planets, the pictures were so widely distributed that all of us will have seen them somewhere or another. “Yes, we saw the pictures on everything from chopstick boxes to posters on the underground,” says Hunt.

The interest in the images changed the way Nasa communicates its work with the public. “Voyager was the first real mission that involved the pubic, kept the public informed, the involvement with the media was phenomenal and I’m very proud that happened. I’m pleased that other missions continue to do so,” says Hunt.

Hunt himself was such a regular on Patrick Moore’s The Sky at Night television show, that he became the public face of the mission to a whole generation of UK armchair astronomers.

And it is not just the public perception of space that was changed by the Voyager images. “In those days planetary exploration was something that Nasa did and the UK didn’t really get involved in. But the fact that Garry was involved meant that other people could get involved. This has blossomed now if we think of missions like Rosetta and Cassini and the forthcoming Juice mission, all with massive UK involvement. It made us think that the UK does planets, Europe does planets – it’s not just Nasa,” says Murray.

Indeed, the United Kingdom Space Agency’s website lists 14 planetary exploration missions that the UK is working on. Most of these are through its membership of the European Space Agency. And it all started with the Voyagers.

“I think about Voyager all the time because they were the pathfinders essentially. They taught us how to send multi-instrument spacecraft to the outer solar system,” says Murray.

The Voyagers are now heading out of our solar system, bound for the stars. Perhaps whimsically, each one carries a golden record that preserves sounds and images of Earth. They were the brainchild of Carl Sagan, who also worked at Cornell University. He reasoned that should extraterrestrials find the spacecraft floating in interstellar space, they would recognise the record as a way of us saying hello, and trying to tell them something about us.

“When I worked at Cornell,” says Murray, “I realised that a lot of the images on the record were taken around upstate New York [near the university]: the local supermarket and all these places I knew. So I had this fantasy that sometime in the future when the aliens pick up the Voyager spacecraft, learn how to read the disc and come back looking for all these locations and one day the aliens will land in upstate New York.”

Perhaps they will also return the spacecraft to Earth. If they do, I think the chances of it ending up with its image library in London’s Mile End Road are slim. But then again, who would have thought such invaluable images from a Nasa mission would have ended up so far from the US in the first place?

Stuart Clark is the author of The Search for Earth’s Twin (Quercus). He will be delivering the Guardian masterclass on Is there life beyond Earth? on 6 September 2017.

Call of Duty WW2: UK release date, multiplayer, singleplayer and beta details revealed

Phone of Responsibility: WW2 is, arguably, the most intriguing entry in the Phone of Responsibility franchise considering the fact that Phone of Responsibility 4: Contemporary Warfare arrived to market back in 2007. Considering the fact that then the series has continued down the route of modern day and upcoming conflict, often even dabbling in science fiction. So, Activision’s move to wind the clock back on its franchise and return to the series’ roots is definitely a bold one.

Study Following: Top tech improvements of WW2

Created by Sledgehammer Games, the devs behind Phone of Responsibility: Superior Warfare, Phone of Responsibility: WW2 should be a alternatively faithful get on the Next Planet War. Even though the Phone of Responsibility series is recognized for its Hollywood production values, the first 3 Phone of Responsibility game titles prided them selves on on the lookout at historical situations properly and portraying the tales of actual-daily life troopers in the subject.

But what are the critical information we know so much about Phone of Responsibility: WW2 subsequent its official livestream unveiling? Beneath, you can obtain the bits of data well worth recognizing about 2017’s Phone of Responsibility, including British isles release date, price tag and multiplayer information.

Phone of Responsibility: WW2: Everything you need to have to know

Phone of Responsibility WW2: Multiplayer and beta information

E3 2017 has been and long gone, and with it: some new information (and a great deal of trailers) about Call of Responsibility: WW2’s multiplayer have reared their heads. There is a great deal of shooter action to be had, that includes a bunch of distinct Planet War Two weaponry, gadgets and attachments. 

There is a new gamemode too, titled: War. In it, you can have to combat as a group to capture strategic targets. This is a little something previous Phone of Responsibility titles sorely lacked any appropriate teamwork incentive, so it’s refreshing to see that implemented here.

In accurate Activision fashion, if you put your money where by your mouth is, you can play Phone of Responsibility: WW2 before anybody else. Pre-ordering Phone of Responsibility: WW2 will bag you an invite to the “Private Beta” that will get place ahead of its release. The beta begins first on PlayStation 4 on 25 August.

Phone of Responsibility: WW2: Launch date and price tag

Activision has last but not least set a date for Call of Responsibility: WW2. In usual Phone of Responsibility style, the recreation launches on 3 November 2017.

This was rarely shocking information, especially thinking about studio co-founder Michael Condrey permit slip that November would be the month the game ships prior to the official recreation debut. Interestingly, this early November window was also mentioned on a leaked piece of internet marketing uncovered by CharlieIntel.

An early November window usually means that Activision has dodged the Star Wars Battlefront 2 bullet, which will be landing a week or two later, and consequently must give Phone of Responsibility: WW2 much more of a preventing likelihood.

As for price tag, the common edition – which consists of the recreation and accessibility to the private multiplayer Beta – will set you back £48. Itching to expend much more? You can choose up the Professional edition, which will come with the recreation, season go and distinctive in-recreation merchandise.

Phone of Responsibility WW2: Single participant and co-op information

It isn’t really but distinct particularly how the one participant and co-op campaigns will operate in Phone of Responsibility: WW2, but going by a choose several internet marketing materials it seems as if they’ve been stored individual but again. Beforehand, Phone of Responsibility permitted for co-op perform through smaller, self-contained, goal-based amounts. In Phone of Responsibility: WW2, that could be distinct.

Activision’s co-op mode is outlined as a “new and initial story” which is a “standalone recreation experience” – suggesting much more than only a bunch of co-op missions. Minor is recognized about the one-participant campaign too, but as it appears to be to deal with the Normandy D-Working day landings, it is possible to observe the tale of the Allied assault in Europe.

Phone of Responsibility WW2: Really should, hopefully, be a respectful tale

It is tempting to appear at the Phone of Responsibility franchise and feel little much more than “bros” currently being “bros” as you 360 no-scope a person from throughout the map. It isn’t really helped by Black Ops 3′s marijuana weapons skins, nor the bombastic trailers and ad campaigns that have been utilised to promote the Hollywood explosions considering the fact that Phone of Responsibility: Contemporary Warfare 2.

With Phone of Responsibility: WW2, you have to hope that Activision and Sledgehammer Games are getting a much more tactful approach to equally the game’s storyline and gameplay, alongside its significant internet marketing force. So much, all the launched artwork and gameplay footage appears to be considerably sombre and tasteful, a little something akin to Band of Brothers or The Pacific than The Expendables. It is also well worth remembering that the initial Phone of Responsibility game titles adopted actual men and women through actual campaigns, showing the earth that war isn’t the pleasurable no cost-for-all that other shooters seemed to revel in.

Battlefield 1 did a affordable career of showing the grimness of war though also seeking you to have a blast in it, but it also wasn’t incredibly accurate-to-daily life. Sledgehammer Games has, according to studio co-founder Michael Condrey, been looking into the Next Planet War for much more than two and a half decades even though building Phone of Responsibility: WWII, so let’s hope the gravity of the condition has sunk in considerably.