Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite adopts the best parts of the Kindle Oasis

Amazon just announced a brand new addition to its Kindle Paperwhite line that brings in some of the best technology we saw on the Kindle Oasis (2017) and puts it into a more affordable package.

Amazon just announced a brand new addition to its Kindle Paperwhite line that brings in some of the best technology we saw on the Kindle Oasis (2017) and puts it into a more affordable package.

The new Kindle Paperwhite has a waterproof design that can survive being submerged up to two meters for 60 minutes at a time.

There’s a 6-inch screen with 300 pixels per inch, plus the bezels of the ereader sit flush with the display. It’s also 10% thinner and lighter than the last generation Paperwhite.

Lots of upgrades

Other new features features include the ability to listen to Audible audiobooks through Bluetooth headphones or speakers, as well as a slightly improved display that the company claims will be 10% brighter than the last-gen.

You’ve got the choice of an 8GB version, or one with 32GB that you may need to opt for if you want to fill this with audiobooks. There are Wi-Fi only versions of both the 8GB and 32GB, but you’ll have to buy the larger version if you want mobile connectivity as well.

You’ll be able to buy the new Kindle Paperwhite from November 7, but pre-orders have already opened on Amazon for the ereader. The price is set to start at £119.99 / $129.99 / AU$199 / AED 529.

Read our first impressions of the all new Kindle Paperwhite

The best portable SSD 2018: top external solid state drives

Welcome to our pick of the best portable SSDs of 2018. In this guide we look at the most dependable portable SSDs that combine speed, storage space and portability to ensure that you can safely keep all of your important files with you on your travels.

Welcome to our pick of the best portable SSDs of 2018. In this guide we look at the most dependable portable SSDs that combine speed, storage space and portability to ensure that you can safely keep all of your important files with you on your travels.

The best portable SSD for your needs will come with bags of capacity, so you won’t run out when storing your important files, such as photographs, while also making use of the inherent speed benefits of using solid state disks.

So, when looking to buy the best portable SSD, you’ll want to consider how much storage space it has. Around 500GB should be enough for many people, but if you want to store lots of large files, such as uncompressed videos, photos or music, then you should consider 1TB or higher of storage space.

You’ll also want to consider what type of connection the portable SSD has. Older connections, such as USB 2.0, will cause a bottleneck, as the connection cannot transfer files as fast as the SSD can read and write.

The best portable SSDs, then, will come with a more modern connection for faster SSDs. At least USB 3.1, or the newer USB Type-C connection. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that your laptop or computer also supports these connections.

So, read on to find out what our picks are of the best portable SSDs money can buy in 2018.

Samsung is a company that has made some brilliant portable SSDs, and you’ll see a number of its devices on this list, however the Samsung Portable SSD T5 is our pick of the best portable SSD of 2018. It builds on the brilliant design and performance of its predecessor, the Samsung T3 SSD (also on this best portable SSD list), but brings it up to date with an incredibly fast USB Type-C connection that ekes out every last drop of performance from the solid state drive inside. Of course, it’s also backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 if your PC doesn’t have USB Type-C. It’s expensive, but it’s well worth the cash.

Read the full review: Samsung Portable SSD T5

Seagate is a well-known brand when it comes to storage, and it’s brought its impressive experience to the portable SSD market with the brilliant Seagate Fast SSD. This is an impressively slim external SSD, at only 9mm thick with a footprint of 94 x 79mm. Best of all, it’s affordable – with prices likely to drop – and it’s an excellent performer, relatively small, plus it has a nice design and a three-year warranty. Well worth considering if you’re looking for a the best portable SSD for a low price.

Read the full review: Seagate Fast SSD 500GB

If you want speed above all else, and money is (almost) no object, than the Samsung X5 Portable SSD is the best portable SSD for you. It comes with a Thunderbolt 3 connection that takes full advantage of the super-fast speeds of the brilliant Samsung 970 Evo NVMe SSD that comes inside. However, that pure dedication to speed comes at some expense. First, there’s the financial expense, as this is a pricey external SSD. It’s also larger and bulkier than the Samsung T3 or Samsung T5, which are also on this list. The device is fairly heavy at 150g, triple the weight of the Samsung T5, and at 116 x 60 x 18mm, it can best be described as portable rather than miniature. However, when it comes to performance, the Samsung X5 Portable SSD is definitely the portable SSD to go for.

Read the full review: Samsung X5 Portable SSD

Storage giant Western Digital is no stranger when it comes to storage gear aimed specifically at pro photographers, and with the WD My Passport Wireless SSD it has created another brilliant device that photographers (or even regular users) will love. It joins WD’s growing stable of wireless hard drives, which allow you to view and move files via a Wi-Fi connection, rather than with a cable, which is handy. However, over Wi-Fi, you’re not utilising the full speed of the SSD. It also connects via USB 3.0, which offers very good speeds, but not quite as fast as USB Type-C or Thunderbolt. But the flexibility and durability of the WD My Passport Wireless SSD is certainly tempting, plus it comes with a built-in SD card reader, making it one of the best portable SSDs for photographers.

Read the full review: WD My Passport Wireless SSD

The Samsung T3 SSD is one the best portable SSDs for your PC, no matter if it is a Windows or a Mac device. It offers brilliant performance thanks to high read speeds of up to 450Mbps thanks to Samsung’s own 3D V-NAND technology, plus it also comes with a three-year warranty. Sure, it’s not the cheapest portable SSD on the market, but for pure speed, this is a brilliant choice, and not many portable SSDs beat it – except for its successor, the Samsung T5 SSD, which offers more storage and faster speeds thanks to a USB Type-C connection, something the T3 lacks.

The Adata SD700 will suit those looking for a rugged storage device that can provide ample capacity without costing too much. It offers good speeds, and it’s IP68 rated, which means you can carry it around with you without worrying about it getting damaged. It comes in capacities up to 1TB, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on storage space just because it uses an SSD. However, it doesn’t come with the new USB Type-C connection, which means speeds aren’t quite as fast as they could be.

Want an internal SSD? Check out our collection of the best SSDs of 2018

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip review: Tons of smarts make this power strip worth buying – CNET

It’s tough to justify spending big bucks on a basic power strip, but the $80 TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip though is worth it. Connect it to your home network via Wi-Fi and control it via the app to automate all six of its power outlets, along with anything they’re plugged into, from anywhere.

It’s tough to justify spending big bucks on a basic power strip, but the $80 TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip though is worth it. Connect it to your home network via Wi-Fi and control it via the app to automate all six of its power outlets, along with anything they’re plugged into, from anywhere. The strip’s smarts don’t require a hub to work either.

The Kasa Power Strip plays nicely with numerous smart home platforms and services, too. For instance, TP-Link’s Kasa mobile app supports Google Assistant, Alexa and even Cortana. All three let you command the product vocally. I had no issues asking Alexa or Google Assistant to do things like, “Turn on plug 1” or “Turn off the coffee maker.” If you like to tinker, there’s a Kasa IFTTT channel. This feature ties the power strip into an even wider world of smart home gadgets.

You’ll find other useful features tucked away within the Kasa app itself. Each plug tracks how much electricity it consumes over time (kWh). Power draw in real time is displayed here as well (in watts).

To set multiple outlets at once, and plugged-in devices, the app provides “scenes.” Essentially scenes are macro commands you program yourself within the app. With a single tap, they can toggle the settings of multiple devices simultaneously.

Why your small business team needs a VPN

While larger businesses grab the financial headlines, the vast majority of the 5.6 million employer firms in the US are small businesses. In fact, most are quite small with 89% of these businesses having less than 20 employees, and 99.7% of these businesses having less than 500 employees in 2016, according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

While larger businesses grab the financial headlines, the vast majority of the 5.6 million employer firms in the US are small businesses. In fact, most are quite small with 89% of these businesses having less than 20 employees, and 99.7% of these businesses having less than 500 employees in 2016, according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.

The good news is that small businesses account for over 60% of the jobs created in the US economy since 1993, which is impressive. The flipside is that small businesses tend to be higher risk, with only half the firms making it beyond five years, and only a third making it to 10 years.

Given those stats, small businesses should take necessary precautions to mitigate risk where they can, and to foster their business interests. A VPN is a virtual private network, that allows users to use the internet in a much more private fashion, via an encrypted tunnel.

Let’s take a look at how a VPN can enhance your business’ activity.

Connecting to the company server

Business often requires travel for employees to meet with clients and suppliers. Even in this day and age of mass emails, and virtual video chats, there is often value in a face to face meeting, and a firm handshake to conduct business and get the deal done.

Most companies have resources that their employees need to conduct business, such as documents on a shared hard drive, or online applications hosted on a company server. A private VPN is a way for the employees, when they are away from the office, to access those resources securely.

Check out our list of the best VPN providers in the market

Business functions while abroad

While an employee is overseas, they will need to maintain their connection back to their home country. A VPN is an excellent way to do this, as it allows them to be able to use the services from their country of origin. This can make doing a simple task such as purchasing airline tickets much easier. Also, the same applies for accessing an online bank account that will not be accessible from another country of origin.

For example, if they need to purchase goods for the company, they can research, and make these purchase decisions by looking for, and shopping through the VPN encrypted tunnel. Otherwise, they will be shopping at the local sites in the country they are physically in, and will see the products available in that country, with in-country pricing, in the local currency.

In addition, shipping charges will be from the country they are in, and not for a domestic purchase. By using the VPN, and choosing the country that they want the encrypted tunnel to emerge in, the employee can control which country’s websites they will be displayed.

In addition, for some countries, a VPN is a necessity, as otherwise it becomes pretty much impossible to even communicate, or do much of anything. The best known example of this is China, and their so-called ‘Great Firewall,’ which a VPN is needed for even routine access of mainstream sites, such as the BBC.

Public Wi-Fi

When traveling away from home, staying connected is essential for business travelers, with the popular activity of keeping up with email. An easy way to do this is to find the local coffee shop, hotel lobby, or public library, and hook into their wireless signal, as they both commonly offer high speed internet, and abundant electrical outlets.

However, using public Wi-Fi is a serious security hazard, as the data transmitted is completely unencrypted. This makes it a relatively easy task to intercept the data via packet sniffing. And this is not a theoretical hack, but quite real with the Darkhotel hacker group known for hacking top executive travelers that stay at luxury hotels, and use the hotel’s Wi-Fi.

While the best defense is to never use public Wi-Fi, that is really impractical in today’s world. The more practical solution is to use the public Wi-Fi via a VPN. With a modern VPN protocol, such as OpenVPN, the wireless connection can be used- safely, as it gets encrypted via 256-bit encryption that meets governmental Top Secret protocols.

Traveling abroad without leaving home

Another use case for a VPN is for times when a business needs to use the internet from within a specific country. For example, if you want to see what services are available in another country, from within the country itself. Rather than travel to that country to access the internet, it is far easier to use a VPN to experience the internet in that country, without leaving your location.

Heck, you could easily VPN into dozens of countries in one day with this method, a feat impossible via traditional travel methods. This way you can easily check out international competitors, from their domestic sites, and not their international website.

This type of “travel” is known as ‘VPN location spoofing,’ or alternatively as ‘Faking your geo-location.’ This is a core function to a VPN, but be sure to pick a robust VPN that has support for multiple countries that your small business has interest in conducting commerce with.

Security

The cyber attack statistics are concerning, with 43% of attacks focused on small businesses, and 60% of businesses going “out of business within six months of a cyber attack,” according to People Driven Solutions. Unfortunately, also, most small businesses, as they lack dedicated IT staff are wholly unprepared, and only think about the threat of cyber attacks until after it has occurred.

A VPN, with its highly encrypted tunnel that exits at a remote location is a great defense from cyber attacks, with protection for company assets, which is stronger than a traditional firewall, and therefore more secure from a data breach.

For situations where a hacker intercepts the data coming from the small business, a VPN ensures that the packets are totally encrypted to top level government security standards, and will be completely unreadable to hackers.

Also note that to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month, IPVanish is giving a 69% discount on two year plans throughout October 2018, making its top-tier protection effectively $3.74/month.

Mui wood display built to calm, not distract – CNET

Device screens are everywhere, and products like the Google Home Hub are bringing screens into your home. The $1,000 Mui, though, deftly integrates a display into what for many is already a familiar object — a piece of sanded wood.

Device screens are everywhere, and products like the Google Home Hub are bringing screens into your home. The $1,000 Mui, though, deftly integrates a display into what for many is already a familiar object — a piece of sanded wood. While it’s active, interactive LEDs glow beneath the Mui’s surface. When not in use, all trace of technology disappears. What’s left then is just the Mui’s warm, wooden facade.

The point of Mui Lab‘s approach is to limit the persistent, ever-present distraction today’s screens embody. When its asleep, the creators of the Mui say, its natural appearance will calm. Even while it’s in operation, the experience is meant to be relaxed, casual, not all-consuming.

This doesn’t mean the Mui won’t keep its owners digitally connected. According to Mui Lab, the device provides many ways to control the smart home. These include setting thermostats, adjusting lights, checking the forecast and playing music.

Thanks to its onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios, you’ll also be able to control the Mui with Android and Raspberry Pi3 hardware. Likewise, skilled programmers should also have the tools to customize the Mui if they choose.

The Mui officially launched in the US on Kickstarter today. Backers of the project can reserve units at the discounted price of $499, which converts to about £385 or AU$705. The project says it’ll ship anywhere in the world and that it plans to start shipping as early as January. As always, CNET’s reporting on crowdfunding campaigns is not an endorsement of the project or its creators. Before contributing to any campaign, read the crowdfunding site’s policies — in this case, Kickstarter — to find out your rights (and refund policies, or the lack thereof) before and after a campaign ends.

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Water Softeners: Global Markets

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Report Scope:

This report provides an overview and description of the global market scenario for water softeners.It also includes an analysis of global market trends based on market data from 2017.

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Report Scope:
This report provides an overview and description of the global market scenario for water softeners.It also includes an analysis of global market trends based on market data from 2017.

Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05594565

Using 2017 as the base year, the report provides estimated market data, including compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projections, for the forecast period 2018 through 2023.

The report discusses technological, regulatory and economic trends that are affecting the water softener market.It also explains the major drivers, restraints and regional dynamics of the global water softener market, as well as current trends within the industry.

The market is further segmented and forecasted for major countries such as the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, China, the U.K. and India. The report focuses exclusively on point of entry water softeners.

The different types of water softeners considered in the report include salt-based water softeners, salt-free water softeners, and magnetic water softeners. The report also includes discussions of end-use sectors including the industrial, residential and commercial sectors.

The conclusion of the report focuses on the competitive landscape.The report discusses the key strategies adopted by manufacturers and provides detailed profiles of the major manufacturers in the global water softener market.

Estimated values used are based on manufacturers’ total revenues. Projected and forecasted revenue values are in constant US dollars, unadjusted for inflation

Report Includes:
– 28 data tables and 36 additional tables
– Detailed overview of the global market for water softeners
– Country specific data and analysis for United States, Canada, France, Germany, U.K., China, India, Japan, Middle East and Africa
– Characterization and quantification of market potential for water softeners by type, application area, end use industry and geographical region
– Impact analysis of major drivers and restraints, and regional dynamics of the global water softeners market and current trends within the industry
– Discussion of technological, regulatory, and economic trends that are affecting the water softeners market
– Detailed profiles of the major players in the industry, including 3M Co., Best Water Technology (BWT), Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, GE Appliances and Whirlpool Corp.

Summary
Water treatment has changed considerably over the last few decades, and new advances and developments continue to shape the market.With the increasing population and industrial proliferation, the need for clean water is rising.

Providing clean water, however, has become increasingly difficult.While the water softener industry is a mature market in Europe and North America, it also needs to adapt and expand.

The market is likely to increase in importance as the availability of soft, clean water decreases.

Knowledge of potential solutions for water pollution has become very important, especially when considering the rapidly expanding populations in Africa, South America and Asia, as well as the global increase in pollution.Because of the growing health concerns and disadvantages of hard water, water treatment equipment manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly interested in the water softener market.

The market for water softeners is expected to grow at an estimated REDACTED CAGR globally from 2018 to 2023, fueled by new opportunities in both developing and developed regions.

Growth is expected to be strongest in the developing world, with countries such as China and India undergoing growth greater than the global average.Increased demand will also be seen in developed countries due to stringent government regulations and the consequent increase in the usage of water softeners.

In the water softener market, gains are also likely to be due to the continuous introduction of more sophisticated softening technologies, such as a Wi-Fi equipped water softeners that can be operated from anywhere with a mobile phone.

The market for water softeners is segmented based on type (salt-based, salt-free, magnetic and others), end-use sectors (residential, commercial and industrial), and geographic regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world).This report covers market drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges that determine the scope of the market and its trends.

There has been a major shift in the global water softener market, which is moving from developed economies (e.g., Europe and the U.S.) to developing economies (e.g., China and India). Continually increasing demand from both developed and developing countries is contributing to the overall expansion of the worldwide water softener market. Industrial growth in the developing economies is a major driver for expansion of the market during the forecast period.

North America is the largest regional market for water softeners and has high growth potential.Growth in the North American region is mainly driven by growing end-use sectors such as residential, commercial and industrial.

Additional drivers are the high demand from the rapidly growing power generation, manufacturing, and oil and gas industries.The North American share of the global water softener market was REDACTED in 2017, followed by Asia-Pacific at REDACTED.

Rapid urbanization and risingdisposable incomes are boosting demand for water softeners in the Asia-Pacific region.

Salt-based water softeners have wide use in all fields of application.However, the market for salt-based water softeners is being taken over by salt-free water softeners, mainly due to their environmentally friendly properties and lower maintenance costs.

Magnetic water softeners and other water softening technologies such as reverse osmosis (RO) are experiencing reasonably good growth, as they cause less pollution, require less maintenance and are less costly.

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Comcast offering 1 gigabit per second service to its entire territory – CNET

Comcast is giving all its customers the option of a big speed boost.

The company said Thursday that it’s offering broadband speeds of 1 gigabit per second to nearly all the 58 million homes and businesses in its 39-state territory.

Comcast is giving all its customers the option of a big speed boost.

The company said Thursday that it’s offering broadband speeds of 1 gigabit per second to nearly all the 58 million homes and businesses in its 39-state territory. The speed upgrade isn’t free; gigabit internet costs from $90 to $140 per month.

The bump comes at a time when consumers are starting to recognize the need for added bandwidth to stream videos and video games — often to multiple devices. The company had previously offered 1 gigabit speeds in select parts of its territory, but today it’s expanding the service to just about everyone.

“This isn’t about one connected device consuming an entire gig,” said Fraser Stirling, senior vice president of Digital Home, devices and artificial intelligence at Comcast, in an email statement. “But when you have 10 devices using 100Mbps at the same time, you see the pipe fill up.”

Xfinity Gigabit Internet and Comcast Business Gigabit services are available Thursday. Customers can add an xFi Pod, a small extender that plugs into any outlet, and pair it with an xFi Wireless Gateway to extend internet coverage to hard-to-reach corners of the home.

Comcast said in May that it would increase the speeds of Xfinity Internet service packages for millions of customers in the Houston, Oregon and southwest Washington areas, with download speeds increasing by 30 percent to 40 percent. But only customers who bundled internet with cable TV and other services would get free speed increases.

Last December, the company launched xFi Advanced Gateway to Xfinity Gigibit Internet subscribers. The service was designed to support devices capable of gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi, making it one of the fastest networks available, according to Comcast.

CNET’s Maggie Reardon contributed to this report.

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New iPad Pro 2018: All the rumors on specs, price, Apple Pencil and Oct. 30 debut – CNET

There was a persistent rumor that Apple would host a “special event” in October. That rumor turned out to be accurate. And at 10 a.m. ET on Oct. 30, we’ll find out which of the other numerous rumors were accurate, too — including all of the ones about a new iPad Pro.

There was a persistent rumor that Apple would host a “special event” in October. That rumor turned out to be accurate. And at 10 a.m. ET on Oct. 30, we’ll find out which of the other numerous rumors were accurate, too — including all of the ones about a new iPad Pro.

After introducing the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and the Apple Watch 4 just a month ago, Apple has now invited the media to a special event on Oct. 30. Of course, the company has hosted follow-on events in October before — most recently, in 2016, when it announced three new MacBook Pros and the TV app.

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This time, the rumors are loudest about new iPad Pros — though there’s also buzz about a new MacBook Air, higher-end AirPods and a smaller HomePod as well as refreshes of other aging Apple products.

The recent release of the iOS 12.1 beta reportedly included references to eight “iPad2018Fall” devices — two Wi-Fi models and two LTE models in each size — according to 9to5Mac, as well as evidence of a new version of Face ID, USB-C connectivity and output support for 4K displays. Those kinds of features would help Apple compete with newer devices such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 and Google’s Pixel Slate.

They would also help reestablish the Pro as a higher-end device after Apple added Pencil support and a faster processor to the entry-level iPads back in March. Starting at $329 (£319 or AU$469), the base iPad now offers many of the premium features that were previously exclusive to the considerably more expensive 10.5-inch Pro and 12.9-inch Pro.

For the moment, the Pro models still retain exclusive rights to the superior Retina display and Smart Connector, which lets you add a snap-on keyboard.

A chorus of pundits and supply chain sources now suggest that Apple will look to redefine the iPad Pro line — and justify its higher price — with a big-time update before the end of the year. Though Apple hasn’t announced anything officially, there’s a huge amount of buzz about new Pro models surfacing at the Oct. 30 event. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.

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Editors’ note, Oct. 18: This post was originally published on March 21, and will continue to be updated with news and rumors on the 2018 iPad lineup.

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Rumor: New iPad Pros coming on Oct. 30

It’s official. After the iPad Pro no-showed at Apple’s Sept. 12 event, we immediately thought: October. And now the company has sent out an invitation — in fact, several variations of an invitation — to a “special event” on Oct. 30 in Brooklyn, New York.

There is a strong tradition of an October debut for new iPads: the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were introduced in a combined Mac and iPad event in October 2014.

Rumor: Apple preparing two new iPad Pros

Bloomberg reports that Apple is prepping two new tablets for late 2018 — one that measures “around 11 inches,” which could be the rough equivalent of the current 10.5-inch model, and a 12.9-inch model. Previously, the publication had reported that Apple was working on at least one new iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch model.

Rumor: Apple Pencil 2.0

Apple has developed a new version of its Pencil stylus, according to 9to5Mac. Like Wacom’s EMR stylus — and Apple’s own AirPods — the new Pencil will automatically detect and pair with the new iPad Pro when nearby, and you’ll be able to transition easily between supported Apple devices. We don’t know, however, whether the new Pencil will work with older iPad models or whether the older Apple Pencil will work with the new iPads.

Rumor: USB-C onboard

Microsoft disappointed some when it released a new version of the Surface Pro without a USB-C connection earlier this month. But Apple is reported to have added the popular connection to the new iPad Pro, according to 9to5Mac. In addition to providing power to some accessories, the USB-C port will allow the new iPad Pros to output video to 4K external displays.

Rumor: Taking design cues from the iPhone X

Mac Otakara and 9to5Mac report that the forthcoming iPad Pros will benefit from a major redesign and integrate several new features that first appeared on the first-gen iPhone X last year. An iPad battery usage icon found in Apple’siOS 12 beta suggests that the upcoming models will look quite a bit different — with no Home button, slimmer bezels, rounded corners and a bigger display. And the iPhone X’s rounded corners may also find their way onto the next iPad Pro, according to 9to5Mac.com.

Rumor: Face ID goes horizontal

There’s no notch on those icons but the rumors suggest that the new models’ bezels are able to accommodate Face ID without a notch. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who has discovered many Apple products and features before they were officially announced, says that the iOS 12 beta shows that future iPads will have Face ID — and that it will also be able to unlock the device even in landscape mode, something that even the new 2018 iPhones can’t do today. (Bloomberg has also reported on this.)

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Rumor: Faster charging

Troughton-Smith has also found evidence that suggests that the new iPad may have a USB-C connection. This bolsters an earlier prediction by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple will shift to an 18-watt USB-C power adaptor as well as previous reporting by DigiTimes.

The current-generation Pro models currently support the 18-watt spec, which can reduce charging time by 50 percent, but Apple ships them today with a 10-12-watt adapter. If true, this would mark a dramatic shift for Apple, which has used the Lightning connector broadly across its hardware lineup since its introduction in 2012.

Don’t expect iPhone-style wireless charging, though. No one seriously expects the metallic rear panel in the iPad to go away, and that more or less prevents inductive charging.

Rumor: 3.5mm headphone jack going away

Mac Otakara reports that the forthcoming iPad Pro — at least the 10.5-inch model — will dispense with the traditional headphone jack in favor of Apple’s own Lightning Connector. And there’s plenty of momentum in this direction: When Apple announced the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR it also stopped selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and iPhone SE — meaning that the last iPhones to come with a headphone jack are gone.

Likely: Performance bumps

The new entry-level iPad is powered by the 2016-era A10 processor, putting it just a half-step behind the iPad Pros, which run the A10X. But considering that the 2017 iPhones run the A11 and the new trio of 2018 iPhones use the A12 Bionic, it only makes sense that newer iPad Pros would have an A11 or A11X — at the very least. Bloomberg suggested back in November that the next iPads would have faster processors and GPUs, which have become a key component of almost every upgrade cycle.

Rumor: Probably no OLED display

One iPhone X feature that is unlikely to pop up in an iPad anytime in 2018 is an OLED display, according to Bloomberg. Not because Apple wouldn’t like to use them. It’s that suppliers simply don’t yet have the bandwidth to produce them at the size and cost in the numbers required to address Apple’s massive market. (That’s the same reason the laptops with OLED screens are still few and far between.)

Rumor: Peace out, iPad Mini

Speaking of iPhones: With September’s iPhone line introducing the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, it feels like the iPad Mini line just isn’t long for this world. Bloomberg reports that the Mini will not be refreshed this year — and we have to wonder whether it will ever come.

Apart from a minor storage capacity upgrade in June 2017, the current Mini 4, with its 7.9-inch screen, hasn’t been updated since its introduction in 2015. But it’s more expensive than the 9.7-inch iPad because Apple sells only a 128GB version. Given that the new 9.7-incher delivers considerably more — a bigger screen, Pencil support and better performance — at a lower price, it’s hard to envision that much demand remains for the Mini.

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FirstBuild Precision Bakeware tells you when your cheesecake is ready – CNET

FirstBuild, the microfactory that’s a part of GE Appliances, this week released a $100 springform pan as part of the Precision Bakeware System that lets you monitor the internal temperature of what you’re cooking from your phone.

FirstBuild, the microfactory that’s a part of GE Appliances, this week released a $100 springform pan as part of the Precision Bakeware System that lets you monitor the internal temperature of what you’re cooking from your phone. That’s made possible by a temperature probe that fits through the side of the pan and communicates via Bluetooth with the FirstBuild app so you can see the temperature of your dish in real time. FirstBuild is only making the pan in small batches, and the first group of pans has already sold out (you can sign up on FirstBuild’s website to receive a notification when the next batch is ready).

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We first heard about GE’s line of FirstBuild Precision Bakeware in 2017. At the time of the announcement, the pans were designed to connect to GE’s Wi-Fi-enabled ovens. However, FirstBuild wanted to open up the product to more people, so the pan released this week works with any oven brand, according to a spokeswoman.

I see the advantages of having a pan that makes it easier to track internal baking temperatures. The temperature probe appears to fit smoothly through the pan to reach the center, which eliminates the need to use a kitchen thermometer or toothpick to poke holes throughout the top. However, $100 is a lot to pay for just one pan, especially when you can buy a wireless thermometers to use with the bakeware you already have. This could be helpful for novice bakers, and I’m eager to see this system extended to other types and sizes of pans.


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The best cheap Amazon Kindle sale prices and deals in October 2018

So you decided it’s time to track down a cheap Kindle price? We don’t blame you as the ever-popular ereader series has left the competition in the dust and has the best devices for every budget.

So you decided it’s time to track down a cheap Kindle price? We don’t blame you as the ever-popular ereader series has left the competition in the dust and has the best devices for every budget. We’ve also got you covered for the latest sale prices on the Fire tablets too – the immeasurably cheaper alternative to those pricey iPads.

While Kindles and Fire tablets are Amazon products they’re not exclusively sold there, which is great for keeping prices competitive. We’ll be sure to cross-check all the latest Kindle sales across a wide range of stores to makes sure we’re bringing you the best price from trustworthy retailers.

We’ve got our eye on every model out there and have price comparison charts for them all. Everything from the basic Kindle, the excellent Paperwhite all-rounder (including the super new 2018 version), all the way up to the fancier Kindle Oasis luxury ereader. And the Fire tablet range is covered to from the super cheap 7-inch model and up to the larger 10-version with the Kids Edition Fire tablets priced and compared too. Naturally we’ll explain the differences between the devices too so you can make the most informed decision about which one suits you best. Want more functionality from your tablet? Then take a look at our best iPad deals.

What makes a good Kindle price?

If this is your first Kindle, you’ll be wanting to know – how do you tell a good Kindle sale price when you see one? Luckily, there are so many good ones out there it’s pretty easy!

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Kindle ereaders don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components which means they’re usually a lot cheaper than tablets and phones. The screens are fantastic for glare-free reading and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet.

If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$129/£120/AU$199 you’re getting a good price, while the Kindle 2016 model (which has all but disappeared from Australian stores) has a fairly static price of US$80/£59, but every now and then it dips lower. The top of the line Kindle Oasis model prices start at $269/£229/AU$389 and rarely drops lower.

What do ‘Special Offers’ mean on the Kindle listings?

When looking at a Kindle ereader listing, whether it’s on Amazon’s website, or on a different retailer’s site, you’ll often see ‘includes special offers’ in the title or item description. Choose without special offers and the price will jump up £10/US$20.

Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you’ll see an ad for a book on Amazon’s Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.

Annoying right? Actually, I opted for with Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it’s not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they’re not illuminated and they don’t seem to consume any power. They don’t slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either.

Seeing as they don’t interfere with the experience at all, I’m glad I didn’t spend the extra £10 to block them. Hey, some of them (sales ads etc) have been worth clicking through to. If you really don’t like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we’d opt for the cheaper ‘includes special offers’ option first.

Here are the best cheap Kindle prices currently available…

Kindle Paperwhite 2018 prices

Amazon has an updated version of the excellent Kindle Paperwhite on the way for 2018 on November 7. And this is no mere by-the-numbers update with a deep dive on internal spec sheet required to spot the differences (let’s leave that to the MacBooks right?). The 2018 version of the Paperwhite is so good you might be tempted to ditch the previous version, which we still love very much.

The backlit screen is now flush with the bezel, meaning no more places for dust or hair to get stuck. And part of the reasoning behind this upgrade is to ensure the Kindle Paperwhite is now a waterproof ereader, just like the far more expensive (but absolutely beautiful) Kindle Oasis. The cheapest model now has double the storage capacity at 8GB which is handy if you you’re reading image-heavy books like graphic novels/comics. And it’s 20 grams lighter. That extra space is also handy for audiobooks, a new addition to the Paperwhite that you can take advantage of via bluetooth speakers/headphones.

We expect prices to drop on the older model to clear stock out, so you could get a decent discount there (see further down this page for the older Paperwhite prices). As for the new Kindle Paperwhite 2018, prices start at $129.99/£119.99/AU$199. The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is well on its way to surpassing the previous model, which was already the best value ereader on the planet.

Kindle Paperwhite deals

The best standard Kindle ever is a value-for-money winner

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best value Kindle yet, it’s the most cost effective ereader on the market and it easily beats the Kobo Aura on performance and design. Unlike the cheaper model, this one comes with screen lighting. Amazon has managed to create a fast electronic ink tablet with inventive reading apps. You can lookup words in the dictionary without leaving your page, or even flick through any relevant Wikipedia entries for most words or terms. The latest version’s screen is now just as good as the more expensive Voyage model. As far as value for money goes, this is the one to beat.

Amazon Kindle (2016) deals

The new 2016 Kindle (also known as the ‘All-New Kindle’ and ‘Kindle Touch 2016’ in Australia) is the updated version of the entry level Kindle last released in 2014. If you want the cheapest option, this is the one you should go for as the 2014 version has been discontinued and any deals you see are probably for preowned or refurbished units. With prices starting around £60/US$80/AU$109 you’re getting a bargain. The 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it’s lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB. The lack of a lit screen is the only thing holding it back really.

Kindle Oasis deals

The luxury waterproof ereader you’ve been waiting for?

The reinvigorated all-new Kindle Oasis costs US$249/£229/AU$389 for the cheapest Wi-Fi version. This is an upgrade over the older Oasis (which is no longer available) and a huge improvement. It’s 15% cheaper, bigger and also the first waterproof kindle, arguably justifying the top end price-tag. The Kindle Oasis is also the first kindle to support Aubidle audio books, although you’ll need a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones to use this feature as there’s no built-in speaker or 3.5mm headphone port. This new Kindle ereader’s 7-inch screen makes it the largest in the current Kindle range and tempting for readers wanting to view a larger page, meaning you won’t have to turn pages as often. The page turn buttons are given a wider bezel on the side than the Kindle Voyage, making it easier to hold one-handed – the screen will flip over to accommodate left-handed readers too. The considerably cheaper Voyage and Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives and feature the same screen resolution. That larger screen and waterproofing for peace of mind are pretty tempting though.

Kindle Voyage deals

A bit overpriced and outdated in today’s world

The Voyage used to be the most expensive Kindle around before the Oasis arrived, and it would seem Amazon is slowly phasing this model out in favour of it. The Voyage is still one of the best ebook readers available. It has a compact design and a sharp screen. Although, the last two versions of the far cheaper Paperwhite now comes with the same 300ppi backlit screen. The Kindle Voyage has a flush display making the device easy to keep clean, adaptive screen lighting for easier lighting adjustments and additional page turning buttons. The buttons are a nice feature, but given the new 2018 version of the Kindle Paperwhite also has a flush screen and is waterproof, the Voyage is too expensive nowadays for us to whole heartedly recommend.

Amazon tablet deals

Want something a bit more advanced than a Kindle ereader? If your needs are a bit more media-intensive as you want a handheld device for gaming, viewing movies (especially on Amazon Prime) and browsing the web, an Amazon tablet could be for you. Naturally, there’s a Kindle app, but the glass screen can be a hindrance for extended reading sessions.

Australian readers should note that these Fire tablets aren’t available Down Under.

Amazon Fire 7 deals

Amazon’s most popular Fire tablet

Sitting at the budget end of Amazon’s Kindle tablet range, the Fire 7 is generally the cheapest of the lot as it doesn’t have a HD screen. Amazon has just refreshed the Fire 7 range though and it now comes with Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo devices. You can also have different profiles – some for the kids – through Amazon FreeTime.

Amazon Fire HD 8 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 is an improved beast

For this low price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best tablets around, especially if you’re happy to jump into Amazon’s ecosystem. Mobile gamers will appreciate the improved tech inside the more recent versions as it comes with more storage, 50% more RAM and a 1.3GHz processor. Better yet, the 2018 edition seen below now comes with integrated hands-free Alexa – the excellent virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo range. You’re not paying any more for the privilege either, so we’d only recommend the latest version.

Amazon Fire HD 10 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 10 is a much-needed upgraded

The new and improved Fire HD 10-inch tablet finally joins Amazon’s other Fire tablets with the ‘All-New’ treatment. This is good news for buyers as this replacement is cheaper than the scant few deals available for the old Fire HD 10.

The cheapest model now comes with 32GB of storage instead of 16GB, has a clear full HD 1080p screen and has twice as much RAM to run even faster than before. All this and the RRP comes in at just £149/$149. The headline feature though is the introduction of the voice-controlled Alexa app (one and the same as the Echo devices) to the tablet.

We’re a bit sad to see the old aluminium body go, as it looks a little less premium with the plastic finishes (black, red and blue available at launch so far). But seeing as we’d be putting a protective cover on it anyways, it doesn’t really make any difference when we think about it.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Got tech-hungry children, but don’t want them to get their grubby mitts on your tablet or phone all the time? The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet could be the answer. In addition to enhanced durability (look at the size of that housing), it also comes with a two-year guarantee, which covers the tablet -even if the kids break it- no questions asked. There are plenty of software safeguards too, such as making sure they can only watch appropriate content online, adjustable screen-time limits and access to loads of age-appropriate games.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Bigger and better than the Fire 7 Kids. You’re getting a larger screen with HD visuals. The sound is better too as the mono speaker has been banished for Dolby Atmos and dual stereo speakers. The battery has been boosted up to around 12 hours, compared to the eight offered by the smaller model and you get 32GB of storage instead of 16GB. You’re still getting that same tough build quality and two year guarantee too. Come on, don’t make your child grow up with SD visuals. Doesn’t everyone deserve HD, even if they are going to smear jam all over it and throw it around a bit?

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