The 10 best bridge cameras in 2018

Bridge cameras are a versatile and affordable alternative to DSLRs, offering the same kind of manual controls (as well as a host of easy-to-use auto modes) plus a huge zoom lens that covers everything from wide-angle to super-telephoto photography.

Bridge cameras are a versatile and affordable alternative to DSLRs, offering the same kind of manual controls (as well as a host of easy-to-use auto modes) plus a huge zoom lens that covers everything from wide-angle to super-telephoto photography. This makes them a great all-on-one solution, especially if you want to travel relatively light, as you’ll have one camera that’s great for shooting expansive landscapes as well as tightly framed subjects like wildlife.

There are two important differences to be aware of, though. The first is that bridge cameras have much smaller sensors than DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, so most can’t match those models for picture quality. If that’s your key concern, stick with one of these.

The second is that the lens is non-removable, so although it can handle a wide range of subjects you can’t swap to a macro lens for close-ups, for example, or a super-wide-angle lens, or a fast prime lens for low-light photography.

Bridge cameras do, however, give you a lot of camera for your money

If you’re not quite sure what kind of camera you need, read our essential guide: What camera should I buy?

Bridge cameras do, however, give you a lot of camera for your money, and they’re a great stepping stone for photographers who want to move on from simple point-and-shoot cameras. There are also now a few models that have larger sensors and deliver better picture quality, and which come a lot closer to the performance of a DSLR.

These are our favorites right now…

For those looking for a powerful all-in-one solution, the RX10 IV is the best camera out there. Featuring a huge 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens, the RX10 IV builds on the RX10 III with an overhauled AF system that now does justice to the rest of the camera, while the 1-inch, 20.1MP sensor is capable of achieving excellent levels of detail. It’s quite bulky for a bridge camera, and there’s no getting away from the hefty price, but the RX10 IV is virtually in a league of its own.

Read our in-depthSony Cyber-shot RX10 IV review

The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (known as the FZ2500 in the US) uses a 1-inch sensor, and while the zoom tops out at 480mm equivalent, which is relatively short for a bridge camera, that’s still plenty for all but the most extreme everyday use. We’d certainly sacrifice a little zoom range for better and faster optics, and we love the FZ2000 because it delivers both image quality and zoom range. If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, the older FZ1000 (below) is also worth a look.

Read our in-depthPanasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500 review

The Lumix FZ1000’s 16x optical zoom is less than that of typical bridge cameras, but that’s due to its sizeable 1-inch sensor, which delivers a big boost in image quality. This isn’t just any old lens, either, but rather a Leica optic with a large f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle end, which narrows to a still-respectable f/4 at full zoom. This helps you capture shots in low light without resorting to high ISO sensitivities, while the Hybrid 5-axis Optical Image Stabilisation minimises camera shake. 4K (Ultra HD, strictly) 3840 x 2160 video recording, advanced autofocusing, a superb 2,359,000-dot electronic viewfinder and raw shooting all help to make the FZ1000 one of our top picks.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review

If you can live without the advanced AF system and other performance advantages offered by the RX10 IV, the RX10 III is still worth a look. The design is pretty much identical to the RX10 IV, and you’ve got the same 24-600mm f/2.4-4 lens. What’s the compromise? Well, the AF is a bit pedestrian compared to the latest model, while there’s no touchscreen control or the ability to shoot at an impressive 24fps. With the arrival of the newer model, you might be able to track down one of these at a decent price.

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review

The SX60 HS is a more conventional bridge camera than our top four, as it uses a smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor, enabling a huge 65x optical zoom range. It’s still offers full manual control, though, plus an articulated screen, a good quality electronic viewfinder and the ability to shoot in raw. In-built Wi-Fi with NFC is another bonus. Annoyingly there’s no eye sensor on the viewfinder, so you have to activate it manually. Image quality is very good, with bright and punchy colors, but it does struggle a little with very dark conditions, and if you examine images at 100% you’ll see some speckling and noise.

Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review

The Lumix FZ80 (known as the Lumix FZ82 outside the US) might be one of the most affordable bridge cameras here, but it still packs quite a punch. The zoom range is very impressive, going from an ultra-wide 20mm through to a staggering 1200mm, and benefits from an effective image stabilization system. There’s also 4K recording with Panasonic’s 4K Photo, which can shoot 8MP images at 30fps, meaning you should never miss that split-second moment. It’s also very easy to use, with an intuitive touchscreen. The viewfinder could be better (and there’s no eye sensor to automatically switch between the viewfinder and rear screen), while high-ISO performance can’t match that of larger-sensor (and more expensive) rivals. That said, this is one of the best budget bridge cameras around.

Read our in-depthPanasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 review

Thought the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS’s 65x zoom was the limit for optical zoom range? Think again. Nikon has rewritten the rule book in this department, with the P900’s incredible 83x lens currently earning it the accolade of world’s longest-zoom bridge camera. Such a massive lens does make this one hefty snapper, however. Features include Wi-Fi with NFC pairing and an articulating screen. Image quality can’t match the pricier 1-inch rivals, but if a long zoom is your main concern, the P900 certainly gets the job done.

Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix P900 review

The Lumix FZ70 (Lumix FZ72 outside the US) is one of the cheapest bridge cameras in our selection, and has since been replaced by the FZ80 / FZ82 (see above), but it still sports a great zoom range with an impressive 20mm-equivalent wide-angle focal length. Its lens aperture also opens up as wide as f/2.8, though it does narrow to f/5.9 at full zoom. Raw format recording and full manual control give the FZ72 enthusiast appeal, as does the attractive image quality. We would rank the FZ72 higher, but there’s no Wi-Fi, while the relatively low screen and electronic viewfinder resolutions are a let down; you’ll also have to do without an eye sensor to automatically switch between the two displays.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix FZ70 / FZ72 review

There’s lots to like about the Coolpix B700 from Nikon. Looking at the zoom range first, and the 60x zoom gives huge reach,, while image quality is good up to ISO 800, with great color reproduction and reasonable detail, and low-light shots look good up to ISO 1600. The B700 can also shoot raw files, so it’s possible to pull even more detail out of the files. There’s also an eye sensor for the viewfinder, while you get SnapBridge connectivity to transfer images remotely from camera to smart device, plus an articulating screen which is useful for composing shots from awkward angles.

Sony’s premium superzoom bridge camera is closely matched with the Panasonic FZ72, but it loses out to that camera due to its higher price, JPEG-only image capture and lesser zoom range. The HX400V claws back some ground by offering Wi-Fi, while it’s also pleasure to use thanks to its ergonomic design, and the tilting screen is nice touch, although it isn’t fully articulating. More disappointing is the relatively low-resolution electronic viewfinder. Although there’s no raw support, JPEG images have great colors and plenty of detail. Some image smoothing is visible when images are viewed at 100%, but that’s a common trait amongst small-sensor bridge cameras.

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot HX400V review

Also consider…

If you like the idea of a compact camera with a decent zoom range, but don’t like the idea of the bulk of a bridge-style camera, Lumix ZS100 (known as the Lumix TZ100 outside the US) from Panasonic is a great choice. Compared to many models here, the zoom range is modest at only 10x, but it’s packaged in a neat (almost) pocket-sized body and also manages to squeeze a large 1-inch sensor as well. Not only that, but there’s a built-in electronic viewfinder and 4K video recording.

Read our in-depthPanasonic Lumix ZS100 / Lumix TZ100 review

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Former Samsung VP joins Onecom

Graham Long, former Samsung VP, has joined Onecom, the company recently announced. After after almost a decade at Samsung, Long will help Onecom specialise even further in supplying connected audio-visual solutions to both businesses and the leisure industry.

Graham Long, former Samsung VP, has joined Onecom, the company recently announced. After after almost a decade at Samsung, Long will help Onecom specialise even further in supplying connected audio-visual solutions to both businesses and the leisure industry.

Long has spent the last ten years at Samsung, where he was in charge of Samsung’s Enterprise Business in the UK and Ireland. He will lead Evolve AV, providing combined connectivity and audio-visual solutions led by Samsung technology. It seems as his first major project will be installing a huge Samsung LED screen, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity, into The Ageas Bowl, making it UK’s first fully-connected cricket stadium.

Expertise

Onecom has great expectations from Long. “Graham’s wealth of expertise and depth of knowledge gained from heading up the Enterprise division of Samsung for many years, which included its commercial display business, will further reinforce the strong relationship between Evolve AV and Samsung,” said Onecom CEO Darren Ridge.

“We are very pleased to welcome him to the team where his expertise and innovative approach to targeting industry verticals and differentiated sales models will support Onecom and Evolve AV’s mission to lead the market in unified communications and audio-visual technology.”

Onecom is a Hampshire-based telecommunications company, with offices in both the UK and Northern Ireland. It operates from 12 regional offices, and manages more than 325,000 mobile connections.

The goal of Evolve AV is to offer the “very best in commercial video and content solutions” to retailers, hospitality and stadia operators in the country.

Sony Xperia L2 launched in India with 8MP wide-angle front camera

Sony Xperia L2 has been launched today (5 February) in India with a wide-angle selfie camera and a mid-range price. Unveiled in CES 2018 in January, the Xperia L2 comes with a price tag of Rs 19,990 and was shown off alongside the Xperia XA2 and the Xperia XA2 Ultra.

Sony Xperia L2 has been launched today (5 February) in India with a wide-angle selfie camera and a mid-range price. Unveiled in CES 2018 in January, the Xperia L2 comes with a price tag of Rs 19,990 and was shown off alongside the Xperia XA2 and the Xperia XA2 Ultra.

With the Xperia L2, Sony is trying to attract the selfie lovers, taking on popular phones from the likes of Oppo and Vivo in this price segment. The Xperia L2 succeeds the Xperia L1 and comes with Sony’s Image Enhance Technology for an enhanced viewing experience.

Sony Xperia L2 specifications

The Sony Xperia L2 features a 5.5-inch HD resolution display, protected by an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Sony’s custom skin on top, featuring several enhancements like Stamina mode, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Clear Audio+ and custom camera algorithms.

Powering the Xperia L2 is a quad-core MediaTek MT6737T chipset that is coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, with an option to expand it up to 256GB using a microSD card.

Coming to the primary area of focus of the Xperia L2, you get a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash. On the front, the Xperia L2 comes with an 8MP camera with a 120-degree super wide angle lens. The camera app comes with support for features like Portrait Selfie, Group Selfie and a regular Portrait Mode.

Other features of the Xperia L2 include a fingerprint sensor, dual SIM with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and NFC. The phone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and comes with a USB Type C port.

Sony Xperia L2 price and availability

The Sony Xperia L2 is one of the more affordable smartphones from the company, carrying a price tag of Rs 19,990. It comes in Black and Gold options and is available starting today.

Read our hands on with the Xperia L2 here.

The best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge deals in February 2018

We’ll tell it to you straight, we like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge A LOT. Until the Galaxy S8 came along in fact, it held the title of our very favourite phone in the world.

We’ll tell it to you straight, we like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge A LOT. Until the Galaxy S8 came along in fact, it held the title of our very favourite phone in the world. More than a year since its release, the S7 Edge remains an exceptional mobile.

And now is a brilliant time to buy one. With the release of the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8, we’re seeing some top tariffs emerge on the Edge. And the Galaxy s9 launch can’t hurt, either. As you’ll see from our editorially-chosen deals and customisable widget below, Three largely has the stranglehold on our favourite deals. That said, some even cheaper tariffs have begun to emerge from EE on the lower data points – some for less than £20 per month! So depending how much you use your phone away from Wi-Fi, they may be a better value option.

It’s a bigger phone, and while it doesn’t have the same nearly-bezel-less design of the S8 and S8 Plus, it’s still got a beautiful screen, the same decent battery life and excellent camera.

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The best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge deals:

Until the Samsung Galaxy S8 launched earlier this year, we rated the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge as the best mobile phone in the world – just check out Techradar’s 5 star review! So if you’re looking for one of the best large screen Android smartphone out there right now, check out the below top deals where you’ll find that Three is holding most of the aces and O2 is now nowhere to be seen…

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge went straight to the top of the class when it was released in 2016 – we gave it 5 stars out of 5! It somehow managed to better the accomplished Galaxy S6 Edge, by adding a brilliant camera and gorgeous design tweaks.

Read TechRadar’s full Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

How do I keep my old number?

Thankfully, moving your familiar old mobile number to your shiny new Samsung is relatively painless. If you’ve ever heard of a PAC code, this is when you need to use it.

All you need to do is give your old network a call. They’re obliged to give you a PAC – or Porting Authorisation Code – straight away. Once you have it, simply give your new network a call and they’ll do the rest…your number will work on your new phone the following working day.

To save you scrabbling around for the number to call to obtain your PAC code, check the list below for the digits you’ll need to contact the major networks:

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 8090202Vodafone 03333 040 191Three 0333 300 3333ID 0333 003 7777GiffGaff 43431 from your handsetVirgin 0345 6000 789BT 0800 800 150Tesco 0345 301 4455Sky 03300 412 524Asda 0800 079 2732

The only slight chink is if you want to snap up one of the fantastic deals on our comparison chart, but it’s on your existing network. When that happens, your network won’t release a PAC code and you’ll be forced to take a new phone number.

At least you would have, if it wasn’t for this clever (if convoluted) work around. You have to order a free pay-as-you-go SIM from another network. Once you have it, you can tell your old network that you’re moving and they’ll give you that precious PAC. Then, once your number is registered to the substitute network, simply get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Simple – kind of!

What’s the best mobile network?

EE, O2, Vodafone and Three hold the rankings as the big four networks in the UK, and you’ll see that they dominate our above comparison chart. Who’s offering the best price can vary from phone to phone, and even day to day, so how do you choose between them?

If you want fast and furious 4G, then your choice has to be EE. Its speeds are around 50% faster than the other major networks, which is really noticeable if you like watching films or football on the move. Talking of sport, EE gives you three free months of BT Sport when you sign up, as well as six months of Apple Music. The EE coverage checker will confirm how strong it is where you live.

O2’s best claim for your contract is with its Priority rewards – from cheap weekly lunch deals and pre-order privileges on gig tickets, to ad-hoc discounts and competitions. Plus, they have 1000s of wifi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to for free and save your precious data. Use the O2 coverage checker to see whether you’ll be able to access 4G.

Vodafone seems to have been around since mobile phones were cumbersome bricks, but they remain a major player. Take a mobile contract and they’ll throw in your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription. And your plan will be available to use in more than 100 countries. Click to check if Vodafone covers your home.

Three is still the only network to offer unlimited data and it often features unbeatable deals on other big data plans – that makes them a natural choice of many a data hungry smartphone addict. But it’s a bit shy on the free promotions stuff, and 4G coverage isn’t as strong as the other networks – check whether your postcode is covered with the Three coverage checker.

Should I go SIM only?

A short, sharp stab of pain to your wallet could save you pounds in the long run if you consider getting the handset and contract separately. You can now get a brand new Galaxy S7 Edge for around £550. If you combine that with one of our best SIM only deals, you could end up saving money over the course of two years. We’ve seen some SIMs that cost only £5 a month. While others give you the flexibility of 12 month or even 30 day rolling contracts – ultimate flexibility!

How much data do I need?

When different tariffs vary by just a few pounds a month here and there, It might be tempting to just go for as much data as you can afford. But it’s worth really thinking about how much data you actually need – it could save you a stack of cash in the long run!

A good start is to check your phone to see how much data you’ve been using to date, and whether you have the tendency to use more than your current allowance every month. If you still can’t decide, the below guidelines should help:

1GB The bare minimum of data that you can bag on your plan. If you’re scarcely away from wi-fi, then this cheap option may just suit. But you’ll be surprised how much checking Google Maps and Facebook can use when you’re out and about – so choose wisely.2-3GB If your daily commute consists of social media and emails and you can’t get through a Saturday out of the house without checking the football scores, a bit of extra data is probably advisable.4-8GB Now we’re getting into the territory of Spotify and Apple Music lovers. We’d suggest opting for this more generous wedge of data if you want tunes on tap without the nuisance of data limits.10-16GB This should be a big enough allowance for most users. It’s stacks of data for streaming music, downloading podcasts and watching social media videos.20-30GB If your phone is your entertainment hub, then definitely consider a big data pan. You’ll be able to watch a few Netflix videos a month without due concern, as well as your music and gaming needs.Unlimited Three has changed the face of phone contracts when it started offering unlimited data. Only you can decide whether you really need infinite data – just be prepared to pay for it.

Do I need unlimited calls and texts?

Most deals these days automatically come with unlimited calls and texts, so you don’t have to worry your head about cutting calls short and waiting until the next month to reply to that text! Some cheaper plans still do apply a limit however – check your last few bills to make sure that your average usage won’t exceed them.

Even if you do like a natter but your dream deal restricts minutes, there are ways around this. Popular apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Hangouts let you make as many calls and texts as you like, using wi-fi or 3G/4G.

What Galaxy S7 Edge colours are available?

Samsung is spoiling you – it has put out six colour variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, so you should be able to get your hands on one that suits you. You can choose from Black, Gold, White, Silver, Pink or, our particular favourite, Blue Coral.

What operating system does the Galaxy S7 Edge run?

The Galaxy S7 Edge originally shipped with Android 6 Marshmallow, but is now upgradable to 7.0 Nougat. As well as improved apps for VR, a quicker settings menu and Doze Mode 2.0, the additional multi-window support is perfect for a phone with a screen the size of the Edge’s. Find out more on Google’s latest operating system with our comprehensive Android Nougat guide.

Samsung tends to roll out the latest iteration of Android to its flagship phones around five or six months after its initial release. So don’t expect to get Android 8 on your S7 Edge until early 2018.

What contract length should I get?

You don’t have a lot of choice here. Contract lengths on all mobiles pretty much exclusively last 24 months. Unless you want to buy the handset and get a SIM only deal (see more above), then you’ll have to commit to the full two years.

Should I consider getting a refurbished Galaxy S7 Edge?

We can see why you might be put off buying a refurbished Galaxy. When you’re making this kind of commitment in terms of time and money, you want to know that nobody else has had their grubby little mitts on it. But it’s most likely that ‘refurbished’ means that the previous owner simply changed their mind about the phone soon after buying it, so it’s still practically brand new – and the potential savings can be substantial!.

If you do spy an unbelievable deal on a refurbed phone, the main thing to make sure of is the warranty. Double check that you are properly covered for a decent length of time. A year’s warranty is preferable.

How does TechRadar make money from these deals?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute best value. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

Who are the resellers TechRadar feature?

Never heard of the likes of Mobiles.co.uk, Affordable Mobiles or Mobile Phones Direct? You’re not alone – they’re not necessarily household names and you’d only likely encounter them every couple of years when you buy a new mobile.

But as well as being completely trustworthy – we wouldn’t stake our reputation on companies that would give you the run around – they also tend to be a lot cheaper than getting your phone directly from the networks.

Three ways small and medium businesses can improve operations in 2018

MONROE, La., Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Small and medium-size businesses are a major source of employment and economic activity in the U.S. Today, Vernon Irvin, president, government, education, medium and small business with CenturyLink, Inc.

MONROE, La., Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Small and medium-size businesses are a major source of employment and economic activity in the U.S. Today, Vernon Irvin, president, government, education, medium and small business with CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), kicks off a seven- city roadshow to discuss the technology and tools empowering small and medium businesses. Here is what Irvin sees as priorities for these businesses in 2018:

Out of the 4,000 cyber attacks each day, 62 percent target small and medium businesses. Out of the 4,000 cyber attacks each day, 62 percent target small and medium businesses.

One in 10 people will leave a business in the absence of free Wi-Fi access. One in 10 people will leave a business in the absence of free Wi-Fi access.

Vernon Irvin, President of Local Government, Medium and Small Business Markets (LGMS) for CenturyLink Vernon Irvin, President of Local Government, Medium and Small Business Markets (LGMS) for CenturyLink

Flexibility is fundamental: In order to attract and retain a talented workforce, small and medium businesses need to provide mobility options that enable employees to work from anywhere at any time. With a powerful, low-cost tool like Voice over IP (VoIP), a laptop or cell phone can operate just like a desk phone, allowing employees to be reachable wherever they are. A VoIP service can also bring employees closer together with audio, video and web conferencing, as well as collaboration tools like file sharing and instant messaging. Security is essential: Most small and medium businesses think they have nothing of significance for hackers, but of the roughly 4,000 attacks each day, 62 percent1 target small and medium businesses. If attacked, these businesses are often unable to recover due to financial losses and reputational damage. Small and medium businesses benefit the most from using technology solutions with built-in security. For instance, a dual-band Wi-Fi solution allows guests and employees to be on separate networks so one does not compromise the other, while deploying an SD-WAN solution can allow for security policies to be distributed across all business locations. Digital marketing is crucial: Marketing success requires a mobile-friendly website, local search and digital marketing tools like analytics and retargeting. With limited budgets, small and medium businesses should look to tools that are already in place, like Wi-Fi, to gain insight into the online behaviors of customers. With the right Wi-Fi solution, businesses can access a dashboard to see how customers are using the network and view aggregate data on the sites most frequently visited. With that information, businesses can determine the best social and digital tools to reach and attract new customers. Customers can also be redirected to a company website or social media page from the Wi-Fi login page, offering another way to connect.

Hear Vernon’s 2018 priorities for small and medium-size businesses: https://youtu.be/kAFI7DWHgp8

Key Facts

Roadshow cities include: Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Phoenix, AZ; Tulsa, OK; Minneapolis, MN; and Orlando, FL.

Additional Resources

Blog: 3 Business Trends SMBs Can’t Afford to Miss, Vernon IrvinBlog: Does Wi-Fi Matter? More Than You Might Think, Vernon IrvinBlog: Why VoIP Is a Hot Topic among Small Business Owners, Vernon Irvin1Denver Post, “60% of small companies that suffer a cyber attack are out of business within six months“, Oct. 23, 2016.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

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“The Suite Life by sbe” Unlocks an Uber-Luxury Miami Experience Only sbe Can Deliver

Speaking to the vision behind The Suite Life by sbe, Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe states: “Creating destinations and unique lifestyle experiences for guests is core to sbe’s DNA.

Speaking to the vision behind The Suite Life by sbe, Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe states: “Creating destinations and unique lifestyle experiences for guests is core to sbe’s DNA. We’re known for designing lifestyle moments forged with highly creative and passionate services.” He adds: “With The Suite Life by sbe, we’re tapping into our incredible partners to create memorable experiences that extend beyond the walls of our hotels, restaurants, and lounges. The Suite Life by sbe fully immerses guests in insider experiences and a vibrant lifestyle that they will not find anywhere else.”

The Suite Life by sbe is available at two iconic Philippe Starck-designed Miami hotels, SLS South Beach and Delano South Beach, which is known as the hotel that helped shape South Beach’s history as a sought-after destination.

Guests of The Suite Life by sbe will enjoy:

Best-in-class suite accommodations at SLS South Beach or Delano South Beach. Exclusive access to JetSmarter. Airport pickup and drop off, while locals enjoy complimentary parking. Priority access to BMW house car. Immediate check-in where guests enjoy in-room check-in upon arrival and accommodations designed by Philippe Starck. A welcome bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne. Branded beach bag outfitted with all of your bathing needs including Hampton Suncare for smart, serious sunbathing. Poolside Peroni and Whispering Angel along with two complimentary reserved loungers and preferred cabanas selections. A luxury yacht cruise through Miami’s Biscayne Bay with VanDutch.A personalized, in-room bar by Proximo based on preferences. Unlimited evian water and in-room Lavazza coffee. An Away luggage tag with geo-location technology to take home. Preferred access to sbe restaurants and nightlife, including Katsuya, Cleo, Bazaar Mar, Fi’lia, Doheny Room, Hyde Beach, and more, as well as events and perks with preferred partners. Personalized services and amenities available 24/7 with a 24-hour Experience Connoisseur. A dedicated phone line gives around-the-clock access to assistance, recommendations, priority reservations and custom mini-bar selections.

Visit www.sbe.com/suitelife to watch the official Suite Life video and book your own The Suite Life by sbe package for stays beginning February 5, 2018. Follow #TheSuiteLifebysbe to see how it all unfolds. Want to experience The Suite Life by sbe on a smaller scale? A Tier 1 package includes all experiences and amenities excluding JetSmarter, VanDutch, and Away.

About sbe
Established in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation. Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, in partnership with The Yucaipa Companies and Cain International (formerly Cain Hoy), sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio featuring 23 world-class lifestyle hotel properties in 9 attractive gateway markets and 134 global world-renowned hotel, entertainment and food & beverage outlets. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience – from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development – all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality. The company’s established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, and Originals. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges under subsidiary Disruptive Restaurant Group: Katsuya, Cleo, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz, Umami Burger, Hyde Lounge, Skybar, and Privilege. More information about sbe can be obtained at sbe.com.

About The Delano South Beach, Miami
With its soaring lobby and subtle seductions, Delano is the hotel that helped to shape South Beach’s history as a sought-after destination. Designed by Philippe Starck, Delano South Beach is a luxury boutique hotel that balances eclectic details with grand public spaces that are playful, elegant, quietly theatrical and filled with all-night energy – proof that the new rules of chic are simplicity with a crisp, clean and modern sense of ease. The property’s highly sought-after Beach Club offers-up the ultimate seaside retreat, offering a distinctive, refined outdoor environment, replete with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland garden path leading to the iconic swimming pool and with direct access to the ocean. Signature dining elements include LEYNIA, helmed by renowned Chef Jose Icardi, features his take on traditional Argentine cuisine fused with Japanese influences. The bustling eatery, which serves family-style meals in both the elegant indoor dining space and on the property’s coveted terrace, is ideal for large parties. Adding a theatrical touch to the dining experience, dishes and drinks are served tableside from roaming bicicletas (bikes) imported from Argentina. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a wood burning grill, allowing meats to be cooked a la leña practically tableside. In addition to time-honored Argentinian dishes, including a selection of meats arranged in two tiers, guests can enjoy sushi and daily fish specials flown in from around the world. Cocktails are inventive versions of beloved Miami Beach classics, using the traditional flavors of South America.

Additional dining options include:

UMI Sushi and Sake Bar which offers guests a casual experience right in the middle of Delano’s lobby, perfectly complemented by a selection of carefully crafted cocktails and Japanese sakes Doheny Room, tucked away behind closed doors in the back of Delano’s expansive lobby, offers a refined, yet stylish atmosphere, catering to those looking for an experience that’s a bit more cultured. Sceney yet discreet, a contrast to many Miami hotspots, Doheny Room at Delano is amenable to natural socializing and dancing, engaging guests with the ‘anti-club’ playlists Rose Bar, a glamorous and sophisticated space, is a cocktail aficionado’s enclave. It is the perfect spot for a drink, a quiet conversation, and the ideal perch for lobby people-watching. Cocktail service is offered in a relaxed setting, from the Lobby Lounge to the outdoor terrace. A light food menu with bites from Leynia at Delano South Beach is also available

About SLS South Beach
In designing SLS South Beach, Philippe Starck channeled the spirit of Madame de Pompadour. Fit for Louis XV’s legendary mistress, the oceanfront hotel design reflects the sophistication of old French aristocracy while naughty nods such as mirrors on the ceiling and a box marked “sinners” keep things historically accurate. Some liberties were taken, however, to improve on 18th-century technology: each hotel room features high-speed Wi-Fi and MP3 connectivity. And for the Villa and Presidential Penthouse, Lenny Kravitz channeled a world traveler and collector for his designs. World-class dining options at SLS South Beach include creative Latin flavors at Bazaar by Chef José Andrés and Japanese cuisine at Katsuya by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi For more information, visit slshotels.com/southbeach.

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Bell Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for its Outstanding Leadership in the Hosted IP Telephony and UCaaS Industry

“Bell has maintained its market leadership position in the Canadian hosted IP telephony and UCaaS market for three consecutive years, which is a testament to its visionary strategy, industry-leading technologies, and strong brand,” said Elka Popova, VP of Digital Transformation.

“Bell has maintained its market leadership position in the Canadian hosted IP telephony and UCaaS market for three consecutive years, which is a testament to its visionary strategy, industry-leading technologies, and strong brand,” said Elka Popova, VP of Digital Transformation.

Bell’s flagship business voice product, Bell Total Connect, offers mid-market and enterprise customers the high service performance, availability, and security they require when migrating critical communications to the cloud. This differentiates the solution from many early hosted IP telephony offerings that failed to deliver on customer expectations for quality and reliability. Bell ensures reliability through three geo-redundant data centers and multiple gateways located throughout Canada to provide redundant connectivity with the public switched telephone network.

Unlike many over-the-top solutions, Bell can also deliver Bell Total Connect over its industry-leading multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network, which supports greater speed, manageability, and traffic prioritization to ensure greater quality of service.

Bell leverages other advanced technologies to ensure high service quality. Bell Total Connect is powered by BroadSoft’s industry-leading BroadWorks platform, which supports hosted private branch exchange (PBX) functionality as well as an extensive set of other unified communications (UC) and collaboration capabilities. BroadWorks is scalable and allows easy integration of Bell Total Connect with third-party session initiation protocol (SIP)-based applications. Bell also recently enhanced Bell Total Connect with BroadSoft’s new mobile app, UC-One Connect, which allows users to connect to their cloud PBX and UC features via Wi-Fi or the cellular data network using their mobile devices.

Bell Total Connect offers a comprehensive set of features and capabilities in tiered service bundles, making it cost-effective for a wide variety of companies, including small and medium-sized businesses. The solution integrates with third-party productivity and communications applications, including leading customer relationship management (CRM) software. Bell Total Connect can also be bundled with one of Bell’s cloud contact center offerings, depending on number of agent seats and technology requirements. A bundled offering can help businesses consolidate bills and vendor management.

“Frost & Sullivan finds through its independent analysis that Bell effectively combines third-party technology with its own industry-leading network and service capabilities to differentiate from other hosted IP telephony and UCaaS competitors and deliver compelling value to Canadian businesses,” said Popova.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan bestows this award upon the company that demonstrates excellence in growth and customer value. Attaining loyal customers who became brand advocates allows the company to grow and achieve a market leadership position. By committing to the customer at each stage of the buying cycle and continuing to nurture the relationship, this Award recognizes a company’s increased market share over time.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Bell

Bell is the largest communications company in Canada, providing advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX: BCE; NYSE: BCE). To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and provides significant funding for mental health care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

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Amazon Key smart lock security integrity called into question by hack

There’s no denying that it’s an annoyance to miss a delivery – especially one that’s been fast tracked by the premium Amazon Prime service you’ve paid for. But it’d be a whole lot more annoying if a desire for a speedy delivery led to your home being robbed instead.

There’s no denying that it’s an annoyance to miss a delivery – especially one that’s been fast tracked by the premium Amazon Prime service you’ve paid for. But it’d be a whole lot more annoying if a desire for a speedy delivery led to your home being robbed instead.

That’s what’s alleged to be a potential hazard of using one of the new Amazon Key security systems. To avoid missed deliveries, the web-connected smart lock gives delivery workers a one-off timed code that can temporarily unlock your property, allowing them to leave your parcel safely indoors without you being present. An included Wi-Fi camera acts as a deterrent for any light-fingered delivery person who may want to make off with your personal items.

However, the integrity of the security system has been called into question by a hacker who has shown that it’s possible to manipulate the system so as to give anyone access to an Amazon Key-protected property.

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A hacker known online as “MG” posted the above clip, showing the Amazon Key’s security protocols being overriden.

Though MG is withholding the details of how his hack works until Amazon has had an opportunity to address the issue, the video shows the Amazon Key’s lock remaining open even when a delivery driver’s code has expired.

It appears to take advantage of what’s called a “dropbox” – a mobile computer with Wi-Fi connectivity, which can control the key, either finding a way to prevent it from re-locking itself, or simply unlocking it itself.

Amazon has yet to respond to the clip, but it’ll need to act fast to reassure those that have already jumped onboard with the security system.

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Best gaming laptops under Rs 50,000 for Febraury 2018

No matter how much you play on our smartphone, tablet or console, nothing really beats gaming on a PC does it? And PC gaming is often better served by a laptop.

No matter how much you play on our smartphone, tablet or console, nothing really beats gaming on a PC does it? And PC gaming is often better served by a laptop. There are several of these, which offer a great deal of performance without sacrificing much on portability. Here we have listed the best gaming laptops you can buy for less than Rs 50,000.

However, it is actually a bit tricky to choose the perfect gaming rig below Rs 50k, as none of them are properly suited for a hardcore gamer. You should aim for the right balance between processing power and graphics capability in the laptop you wish to buy.

We have selected the top 10 laptops that boast of optimum gaming capabilities while costing under Rs 50,000.

Please note that the prices mentioned below are based on what was available at the time this article was written. These may slightly vary as deals and offers keep changing from time to time.

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With the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, the Lenovo Ideapad 320 80XL01D9IN clearly has the impressive processing power. However, this is not evenly matched with a capable graphics card. The 2GB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce 920MX simply doesn’t support hardcore gaming. Still, the laptop should be good enough for a casual gamers to play on medium settings.

Externally, the Ideapad 310 80SM01HVIH is built quite decently. It supports a host of connectivity options ranging from dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth till Gigabit LAN and DVD Writer. This high-end laptop from Lenovo comes without Windows OS and you need to manually install it.

Asus has perfectly balanced the processing power and graphics performance of the R-Series R558UQ-DM983D. The 7th Gen Intel Core i5 paired with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX should be able to run most gaming titles with relative ease. The Full HD screen would surely be an eye candy – another plus for this machine.

The build quality of the laptop is good and it won’t feel cheap in your hands. However, availability is indeed a concern as the Asus R-Series R558UQ-DM983D often goes out of stock at various online as well as offline retailers.

The HP AY503TX is a well-built laptop with decent specifications. Despite being a year old model, it is quite relevant even in today’s market. The AY503TX will be able to run average to flagship games with standard settings.

The company has priced all of its 7th Gen Intel Core i5 laptops above Rs 50,000. Nevertheless, the HP AY503TX is quite good for gaming as well as multimedia consumption. In India, you may also claim the HP Student Offer.

This is a very good under-Rs 50,000 gaming laptop by Asus. While everything is perfect about the R558UQ-DM540D, it is the below-average RAM that bothers us. Moreover, there is only a single RAM slot in the notebook. This means you can’t upgrade the RAM.

Apart from this, the Asus R558UQ-DM540D is a very good offering. It sports the top notch Bang & Olufsen Speakers, which, combined with the Full HD Anti-glare display makes the notebook an excellent entertainment gadget.

It is quite surprising to find a laptop with GDDR5 graphics priced below Rs 50,000. For starters, GDDR5 GPUs are significantly faster than GDDR3 options and offer enormous improvements in gaming and other graphics intensive works. This does make the Lenovo Ideapad IP 320 80XL033MIN one of the most powerful gaming notebooks on a budget.

If you can bear with the tiny 2-cell battery here, buying it is a no-brainer. Furthermore, the notebook also comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, relieving you from the troubles of installing a fresh OS.

The HP 15-be001TX is a relatively powerful laptop with an affordable price tag. With a 6th Gen Intel Core i5 and AMD Radeon R5 M430 GPU, the performance should be smooth. The notebook would run average to high-end games under low to middle settings.

On the outside, the laptop looks quite decent, while sporting DTS Studio Sound enabled stereo speakers. However, the HD screen somewhat spoils the show.

For a price of Rs. 42,990, it is hard to believe how powerful the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G is! It is possibly the best laptop you can buy in the Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000 range. The notebook offers top notch graphics performance with great processing power and even comes pre-installed with Genuine Windows 10.

With the 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA 940MX GPU and 7th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU sitting inside, we can’t ask for anything better. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G is actually too good a deal!

The Dell Vostro 3000 Series 3568 is a decent gaming laptop. Powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor and AMD Radeon R5 M415 GPU, the notebook should fare quite well in basic to semi-high-end gaming. The build quality of the portable PC is above average in terms of sturdiness.

However, Dell’s choice of material is quite substandard in the Vostro 3000 Series 3568. Also, the laptop does not come with Windows 10 preinstalled and you need to install it manually.

The Lenovo IP 320 80XL0375IN is another blockbuster laptop that offers out of the world price to performance ratio. For a price tag of just above Rs 40,000, this notebook offers a high-end GDDR5 GPU, which is usually found in machines costing upwards Rs 60,000.

Admittedly, 4GB RAM is not the best fit for any gaming laptop, but one can only expect only so much on a budget.

However, there is a second RAM slot and you can always buy another RAM stick and slide it in. It supports up to 16 GB of RAM.

This is the DOS version of the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G and comes with identical specifications. The combination of 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor and 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU is quite potent indeed. Even laptops costing upwards Rs 60,000 will have a tough time beating the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575.

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575 takes the crown of being the best gaming laptop under Rs 50,000. It is simply unbelievable what the company is offering at only Rs 40,990. Besides, the notebook also rocks dual-band Wi-Fi, Stereo Speakers, DVD Writer and HD Webcam.

These are the absolute best gaming laptops you can get within Rs. 50,000. Go through each of the 10 notebooks carefully and choose the one that is best suited to your needs. A little tip: Swap the Hard Disk with an SSD and you will unlock these machines’ true potentials.

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Why Bandung could be Indonesia’s Silicon Valley

In Indonesia, the mayor of Bandung is driving a grand vision for his city. His aim of turning it into a tech capital has led to heavy investments in technology and creative industries.

In Indonesia, the mayor of Bandung is driving a grand vision for his city. His aim of turning it into a tech capital has led to heavy investments in technology and creative industries. Some pet projects include building a Star-Trek inspired command centre and free public wi-fi across the city.

Bandung is now home to Indonesia’s biggest tech university and it is estimated to be Twitter’s sixth largest user base, globally.

Reporter Rebecca Henschke; Camera Haryo Wirawan; Producer: Pamela Parker