Best action camera 2019: 10 cameras for the GoPro generation

If you’re looking for the best action camera, then you’ve come to the right place. Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They’re designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they’re small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video.

If you’re looking for the best action camera, then you’ve come to the right place. Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They’re designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they’re small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video.

Their small size and dramatic POV (‘point of view’) footage has made them popular with extreme sports participants, who capture their adventures by attaching cameras to themselves or their equipment. They’re also used by TV production companies where using a regular video camera would be impossible.

You don’t have to be an adrenaline-junkie or filming your own TV show. Action cameras are also great fun for the family, especially on days out or vacations when you simply want to hit record and document you time together.

Who makes the best action camera though? GoPro is without question the market leader – in fact, they invented this whole action camera genre. They’re not alone though, with a number of new rivals out there to tempt you.

When it comes to key features on action cameras, most now shoot 4K footage, though some do these better than others, offering faster frame rates for buttery-smooth footage, while the very best action cameras have slick image stabilization systems to make the most of this.

While action cameras are principally for shooting video, the best action cameras also shoot pretty decent still images as well, though don’t expect anything better than a point-and-shoot compact camera.

Other features to consider when looking for the best action camera include Wi-Fi, GPS and touchscreen control. These all bump up the price, and while they are invaluable in some situations, you can still get great footage without them.

Before we look at our top picks of the best action cameras you can buy right now, GoPro has just announced three new action cameras.

The top of the range GoPro Hero7 Black replaces Hero6 Black and is our best action camera pick right now. We’d even recommend you now avoid the Hero6 Black. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not a bad action camera at all, it’s very good, but with the price of the older model only a few dollars or pounds less than the Hero7 Black, you’re better off spending your money on the newer model.

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While it may share pretty much of the same headline video specs as the Hero6 Black that it replaces, the Hero7 Black offers a number of big improvements. The most significant of this is the addition of GoPro’s all-new HyperSmooth image stabilization technology. It really is very impress, delivering gimbal-smooth video footage. TimeWarp video is a further new feature, one that combines the idea of regular frame-by-frame time-lapse shooting (which you can still do separately) with HyperSmooth – essentially, a stabilised hyperlapse, while the user interface has been overhauled for a much better user experience. Delivering buttery-smooth 4K video footage the Hero7 Black is the best action camera you can buy.

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If you’re aquatic-minded, or you need to know exactly where you were, and how fast you are going when you took a video, buy a GoPro Hero7 Black. However, if you’re more interested in saving money on features you didn’t even want, the Yi 4K+ Action Camera is one of the simplest and best designed gadgets around. Everyone considering buying an action cam should have a look at the Yi 4K+ Action Camera because it’s almost exactly the same and, in some ways, even better than a GoPro.

Read our in-depth Yi 4K+ Action Camera review

While the Hero 7 Black is the top of the GoPro pile, the Silver fills the void beneath this and while it can’t quite pull off all the fancy tricks as its big brother, it’s priced far aggressively, especially once you see just how much tech you still get. This includes stabilised 4K video recording, waterproofing down to 10m, together with a 2-inch touchscreen on the back and Voice Control that allows you to instruct the camera to perform almost all main functions without you raising a finger. A fine choice for first-time users.

Read our in-depthGoPro Hero7 Silver review

It may have been overshadowed by both the Hero6 Black and Hero7 Black, but the Hero5 Black still has a lot to offer. Shooting 4K footage up to 30fps, video footage is incredibly smooth, while the ability to shoot stills in raw format brings even more flexibility. Waterproof down to 10m without the need for a protective case, it’s also simple to use, while the addition of a rear touchscreen, voice control and GPS make it one of the most feature-packed cams currently available. The great news is that it’s never been cheaper, making it an even more tempting proposition.

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How often do you take an action cam underwater? If the answer’s not a lot, then the Yi 4K Action Camera could be for you. While there’s an optional underwater case available, the camera isn’t waterproof. There is a large and responsive touchscreen, a big battery and a fast file transfers however, and while it may lack a few niceties – and we would include lens distortion correction and image stabilisation in that list – the Yi 4K Action Camera remains a great value addition to any adventurer’s kit bag.

Read our in-depth Yi 4K Action Camera review

If you’ve been eyeing up a GoPro for some time, but haven’t been able to justify the price, the stripped-down Hero could be the answer. It doesn’t shoot 4K, but does shoot nice and smooth Full HD footage and is a great camera for the novice or casual user who just wants to capture the action without worrying about which frame rate or resolution they should be using. There are better specified-action cameras out there for a similar price, but they don’t have the refined design and polished control of the Hero.

Read our in-depth GoPro Hero review

Bullet shape cams might have fallen out of fashion recently thanks to GoPro and its box-shaped cameras, but the TomTom Bandit bucks the trend. In fact, the Bandit packs features that other manufacturers will need to follow if they’re to keep up with this newcomer. Taking years of GPS experience, TomTom has built in a series of sensors that not only record location but speed and G-force too, so that when these sensors pick up that something exciting has happened they automatically tag the footage. Back in the pub and with the app open and connected, a quick shake of your phone and the app will automatically edit your footage ready for upload. It really couldn’t be easier.

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The TG-Tracker’s futuristic design is hard to miss with an ultra wide 204 degree lens. Headline video resolutions include 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and an impressive 240fps at 720p for slow motion capture. This is an action camera ready for anything and even features a small LED video light built in. Sensors are the big news for the Tracker with GPS, compass, acceleration sensors plus a barometer and thermometer all capturing data from inside the compact case. The intel from these can all be displayed when viewing back the footage or in the video edit so you can show just how extreme you are. What’s more, it’s waterproof to 30m, features built in stabilization and can withstand temperatures down to -10C.

Read our in-depth Olympus TG-Tracker review

Yi’s range of action cams are pretty cheap, but this is the most affordable model in the range. While it shoots 4K footage, the frame rate is pretty slow and jerky. Don’t let that put you off though as the Yi Lite can shoot some really smooth Full HD footage up for 60fps. With easy to use touchscreen navigation, a decent app and all the essential features most occasional users want, the tough, reliable and affordable Yi Lite proves an impressive entry-level action camera. If you’re looking for something even more affordable, take a look at Yi’s Discovery Action Camera – you won’t find a better camera for the price.

Read our in-depthYi Lite Action Camera review

All action cameras are now promising 4K at 30fps, but Sony’s effort is about a lot more than just resolution and frame rate. The diminutive FDR-X3000R’s biggest claim is Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) image stabilization, which works across all resolutions and recording modes. It also includes an underwater housing – a rarity in the action camera market – and comes with a wearable, mountable live view remote, a smartwatch-sized contraption that allows the FDR-X3000R to be operated from afar, and its images previewed in real time.

Read our in-depth Sony FDR-X3000R review

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Though not technically a action camera, DJI’s new Osmo Pocket is still going after the same audience. While it’s not as rugged as dedicated action camera rivals, the Osmo Pocket has a clever trick up its sleeve in the shape of a built-in gimbal. Gimbals as designed to counteract unwanted movement and help you shoot super-smooth videos – while GoPro’s Hero7 Black has some clever image stabilization tricks, there’s no substitute for dedicated hardware. The Osmo Pocket features three-axis stabilized gimbal and measures just four inches tall. The 1/2.3-inch sensor is capable of recording 12MP still images and 4K video footage up to 60fps, while there are built-in dual microphones that use advanced noise-canceling algorithms, which DJI says should ensure that you capture high-quality audio to match your footage. We’ve already got our hands on one, and you can see what we think by clicking the link below.

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Alphabet’s Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board – CNET

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has recruited some well-known and experienced industry veterans to help get its wireless broadband project Loon to market.

On Tuesday, the company announced that Craig McCaw, founder of McCaw Cellular, one of the first cellular companies in the US that was sold to AT&T in 1994, will be one of its founding members of a new advisory board.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has recruited some well-known and experienced industry veterans to help get its wireless broadband project Loon to market.

On Tuesday, the company announced that Craig McCaw, founder of McCaw Cellular, one of the first cellular companies in the US that was sold to AT&T in 1994, will be one of its founding members of a new advisory board. Marni Walden, a former marketing executive with Verizon, and Ian Small, who worked as chief data officer for Telefonica and is now CEO of Evernote, will also serve on the advisory board.

Project Loon, started in 2016, uses high-flying balloons powered by on-board solar panels as Wi-Fi carriers to deliver signals from above. Alphabet spun out Loon in July from X, the division of Alphabet responsible for its most experimental projects, including self-driving cars, internet-connected contact lenses and delivery drones.

The company said previously it was planning a commercial launch of Loon later this year. Thus far, the balloons have only been used in testing, and deployed for emergency relief, as in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

In preparation for that launch, Loon’s CEO Alistair Westgarth said in a blog post that the company intends to partner with mobile network operators throughout the world. The idea is that Loon can help these wireless carriers expand internet coverage and attract new customers. In order to do that, Loon needs to add “some serious expertise to our ranks with a new Advisory Board that brings together top wireless innovators with decades of experience in the industry,” he said.

Loon has already struck at least one partnership deal with Telekom Kenya to help the African carrier extend its reach to hard to reach parts of the country where reliable communications connections are absent.

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LMC Announces Start of Leasing at Luma Apartments

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — LMC, a leader in apartment development and management, today announced the start of leasing at Luma, a luxury high-rise and mixed-use apartment community located in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — LMC, a leader in apartment development and management, today announced the start of leasing at Luma, a luxury high-rise and mixed-use apartment community located in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego.

The sleek 24-story high-rise, which is LEED gold certified, features 220 apartment homes and 4,344 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Situated within walking distance to patio cafes, the area’s finest chef-driven restaurants and urban wineries, the tech-savvy community offers LMC’s exclusive Dream Suite by Lutron package, enabling residents to control lights, roller shades and Nest Wi-Fi thermostats from a smartphone. Luma will also have concierge services to provide residents with an enhanced day-to-day experience.

“The Little Italy neighborhood is one of the most distinctive in the nation, whether it’s the breathtaking views of the waterfront or the always bustling sidewalks and patios,” said Ryan Gatchalian, division president of Southern California for LMC. “We’re thrilled to join one of San Diego’s most desirable neighborhoods, and we believe Luma will complement the area’s vibrant energy and provide a top-tier downtown living experience.”

Located at 1440 Columbia Street, Luma is a short walk from Waterfront Park and its coast-side offerings. The community is within approximately one mile of the city’s renowned Gas Lamp Quarter and its multitude of dining and nightlife options. The USS Midway Museum, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are also within a short commute of the community, as are key thoroughfares Interstate 5, Interstate 8 and Highway 163, which provide connectivity to the key employment centers across the metropolitan area.

Luma offers studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments and a select number of penthouse homes. Apartment interiors are equipped with high ceilings, large kitchens with quartz countertops and center islands, built-in ovens and gas ranges, full ceramic tile kitchen backsplashes, custom cabinetry with under-mount lighting, custom pendant lighting in select kitchens and luxury wood-style flooring. Homes also include keyless front door entries, full-size front-loading washers and dryers, walk-in closets with upgraded closet organizers, ceramic tile shower surrounds and walk-in showers.

Community amenities are highlighted by a rooftop pool and spa with lounge space and casual seating. The rooftop also includes a deck with an outdoor theater, plus barbecue grills and outdoor dining areas. Additional common-area features include a round-the-clock fitness center with exclusive LMC motivational wall complete with custom GoPro content, pet park including a washing and grooming station, resident clubhouse, bike storage and repair station, extra storage and a large mailroom with digital package lockers and text notification. Residents also have access to EV-charging stations, storage lockers and valet and concierge services.

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LMC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lennar (NYSE: LEN), is a multifamily real estate development and operating company with a diverse portfolio of institutional quality multifamily rental communities across the US. LMC has a 26,300-unit pipeline of communities ranging from operating to under development that exceeds $9.6 billion and consists of high-rise, mid-rise and garden apartments.

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RemoteLock™ Announces EdgeState™ – The Cloud for Smart Locks

DENVER, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — RemoteLock is pleased to announce EdgeState – The Cloud for Smart Locks. EdgeState by RemoteLock delivers access management that scales with any enterprise. EdgeState by RemoteLock is the leading cloud-based smart lock management platform, providing complete access control for all your properties and businesses from a single, easy-to-use dashboard.

DENVER, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — RemoteLock is pleased to announce EdgeState™ – The Cloud for Smart Locks. EdgeState by RemoteLock delivers access management that scales with any enterprise. EdgeState by RemoteLock is the leading cloud-based smart lock management platform, providing complete access control for all your properties and businesses from a single, easy-to-use dashboard.

Large enterprises, property owners and management companies can reduce cost, saving time and money with EdgeState’s easy-to-use software reducing the need for different software and systems by combining everything under one platform.

“RemoteLock is committed to the advanced development and delivery of best in class Cloud-based Access control solutions enabling our customers to use the smart lock of their choice,” said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at RemoteLock. “With the latest software release, RemoteLock continues to perfect the connected access control experience for property owners, business managers and large enterprises. By enhancing our cloud solution, we are delivering on the commitment of any lock, for any business, controlled and managed from the cloud.”

Features of EdgeState by RemoteLock include:

Access Management for the Enterprise – Remotely schedule and manage credentials for permanent or temporary employees, vendors, guests and tenants.

Temporary Guest Codes – For rental properties generated through Airbnb, VRBO or other booking software integrations temporary employees, vendors, guests and tenants.

Integrations and API – Take advantage of EdgeState’s robust integrations and API to customize the software to your business needs.

Everything in One Dashboard – Don’t waste time managing different software and systems. EdgeState’s centralized, easy to use dashboard puts everything in one place.

No Lost Keys, No Rekeying – Remove the hassle of rekeying doors and handing off keys to employees and guests.

Reduce Equipment and IT Costs – No need for additional gateways or a secondary network in your buildings; Use your existing Wi-Fi networks. The EdgeState software is also easy to use and makes administration easy and efficient.

Use the Smart Locks You Want – Manage Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ACS or any other connected smart lock all from the EdgeState Cloud.

For a complete description of RemoteLock solutions, visit www.remotelock.com.

About RemoteLock

RemoteLock is a SaaS-based Cloud company delivering the ability for any Hospitality, Commercial Enterprise or Multi-Family Property Management organization to remotely control and manage any connected lock, on any property from the cloud. RemoteLock is responsible for more than 50 million door opens annually, delivering access control solutions for companies around the world like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway to name a few. Consolidating numerous connected locks on the Cloud solution enables customers to remotely control access for guests, employees, and support staff, saving time, money and manpower. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado RemoteLock is backed by KKE, Iron Gate Capital, Nelnet, and Service Provider Capital. RemoteLock provides live customer support from the United States of America.

RemoteLock, OpenEdge and EdgeState are trademarks of RemoteLock in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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FCC’s Ajit Pai won’t meet Congress about phone-tracking scandal – CNET

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai won’t brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers’ ability to share their subscribers’ location data with third parties.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai won’t brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers’ ability to share their subscribers’ location data with third parties.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sought Pai for an emergency briefing after a Motherboard investigation revealed carriers are selling customers’ location data. But the committee was told the FCC boss wouldn’t appear due to the ongoing government shutdown.

“In a phone conversation today, his staff asserted that these egregious actions are not a threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement.


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Pallone noted that Pai is still working, even though the shutdown resulted in the FCC ceasing most of its operations on Jan. 3.

“There’s nothing in the law that should stop the Chairman personally from meeting about this serious threat that could allow criminals to track the location of police officers on patrol, victims of domestic abuse, or foreign adversaries to track military personnel on American soil,” he said.

The FCC, however, stood firm in an emailed statement.

“The Commission has been investigating wireless carriers’ handling of location information,” a spokesperson wrote. “Unfortunately, we were required to suspend that investigation earlier this month because of the lapse in funding, and pursuant to guidance from our expert attorneys, the career staff that is working on this issue are currently on furlough.”

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It noted that the investigation would continue once normal FCC operations resume.

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who questioned last May why cops can track any phone in seconds, reportedly slammed Pai for tweeting “cat videos and tired memes” instead of briefing Congress.

“It’s a new low for someone who has spent his tenure at the FCC refusing to do his job and stand up for American consumers,” Wyden said in a statement to Gizmodo.

One of the third parties using the location data is credit reporting company Microbilt, which is offering to “track down delinquent debtors” via its Mobile Device Verify service.

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Leading Sports Medicine Doctor Accelerates Diagnosis and Enhances Patient Experience With The SONON 300L Portable Wireless Ultrasound

ROSEVILLE, Calif., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Healceriontoday announced that one of the top doctors in sports medicine Dr. Vijay Vad chose to use SONON 300L to accelerate patient diagnostic process while improving patient relationships through deeper insight and high quality real-time image sharing, conveniently located in his pocket.

ROSEVILLE, Calif., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Healceriontoday announced that one of the top doctors in sports medicine Dr. Vijay Vad chose to use SONON 300L to accelerate patient diagnostic process while improving patient relationships through deeper insight and high quality real-time image sharing, conveniently located in his pocket.

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Dr. Vijay Vad uses the SONON 300L from Healcerion to accelerate diagnosis and share insight with patients in an easy, efficient way. Dr. Vijay Vad uses the SONON 300L from Healcerion to accelerate diagnosis and share insight with patients in an easy, efficient way.

The SONON 300L is the first FDA-approved wireless, handheld, app-driven ultrasound device. The SONON 300L is the first FDA-approved wireless, handheld, app-driven ultrasound device.

Dr. Benjamin Ryu, CEO and Founder of Healcerion, says, “We are pleased with the positive feedback received from doctors like Dr. Vad and their patients. Our mission is to deliver exceptional quality imaging at a very accessible price-point, and a device that is convenient to access and use in even the most fast-paced practices.”

Vijay Vad, MD is a Sports Medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was named a Top Doctor by New York Magazine from 2008-2018 and is the author of two national PBS television specials titled “Stop Back Pain” and “Active with Arthritis.”

The SONON 300L is the first FDA-approved handheld, wireless app-driven ultrasound that costs approximately 1/10 of a traditional ultrasound unit. It uses easy touch-screen controls with a downloadable app for iOS or Android smartphones or tablets. It pairs with the tablet or smartphone as a display so that images can be analyzed and shared quickly. The device weighs only 13 ounces (370 grams) and has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with industry-leading 3-hour continuous run-time, Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G/LTE cellular capability.

For the past two decades, Dr. Vad’s mission has been to develop and support more simple and effective solutions to stay active. He says, “The new ultrasound device fits in my pocket and I can take it from room to room. It has amazing clarity whether it is viewed in the phone or iPad. Since it isn’t tethered with any wires, it’s very easy to use and has enabled me to more effectively manage tennis elbow, Achilles and patellar tendon and rotator cuff issues. Patients love this portable ultrasound device. In many ways, using new generation of medical technology is making a big difference in reducing barriers between me and my patients.”

Dr. Vad has developed Vonacor which is microactive plus curcumin for dietary management of osteoarthritis with clinical trial data showing great pain relief for knee osteoarthritis while minimizing dependence on NSAID medications. He has also developed a simple 15-minute outpatient procedure called carboplasty which uses your own bone marrow derived stem cells for managing knee osteoarthritis. Data on this promising technology was presented at the prestigious Orthopedic Research Society meeting in 2018, and it has potential to significantly reduce dependence on partial and total knee replacements.

About Healcerion
Founded in 2012, Healcerion provides healthcare professionals with mobile technology to enhance the quality of medical care available worldwide. The company delivers affordable, high-quality, wireless, handheld ultrasound devices to clinical and remote locations. Through medical and technology innovation, Healcerion removes barriers to life-saving visibility which diagnostic ultrasound provides to those most urgently in need.

SONON 300L is small, ergonomic and easy to use. It removes barriers of space and budgetary constraints for the acquisition of a diagnostic ultrasound device, with proven high image quality which is essential for diagnostic confidence. As a result, practitioners and patients benefit tremendously.

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The cheapest Chromecast prices and deals in January 2019

With competition from rival devices heating up, it’s a good time to be on the lookout for some of the cheapest Chromecast prices. Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also excellent value for money.

With competition from rival devices heating up, it’s a good time to be on the lookout for some of the cheapest Chromecast prices. Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also excellent value for money. And if you’re looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you’ve come to the right place!

Chromecast is a Wi-Fi HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to ‘throw’ video at your TV over Wi-Fi, whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video. On this page we’ll find you the best prices for the Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast 3, Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio and explain how they differ. You’ll have to be quick on Chromecast Audio, as Google has announced it will no longer be making new units.

With prices already pretty cheap, there’s no need to hang on for specific Chromecast sales of the other dongles. If you’re in the UK or US and would prefer to stream content from a standalone box, you should take a look at the latest Roku deals. Otherwise, there’s a strong selection of streaming devices over on our Amazon Fire TV prices and deals page.

The cheapest Chromecast Ultra prices

The 4K Chromecast Ultra is the newest member of the Chromecast family. If you have a 4K TV or are planning on getting one, it’s certainly worth picking one of these up. Chromecast Ultra deals are usually around £69/US$69/AU$95, so anything cheaper is an added bonus. It’s worth noting though that the 4K-ready Amazon Fire TV Stick prices are cheaper nowadays though and that device also comes with a remote.

The newest version of the standard (non-4K) Chromecast is this 3rd-gen iteration. Generally, you’ll find it for the same prices as the previous model. It’s phasing out stock of the older model, although if you spot the older one for a decent amount less, you’re not missing much at all by skipping the new one.

The only real improvement is a modest boost to the speed it’ll load up videos and start running them in full HD. The actual dongle looks a bit different too (see images), but other than the speed boost, that’s all your getting for the Chromecast 3. At least now we know why Google basically launched this without really letting anyone know.

The cheapest Chromecast 2 prices

The Chromecast 2, is very similar to the now discontinued 2013 Chromecast. Sure, it looks a little different. And it’s got slightly faster network performance and a few other tweaks such as coming with a dangly cable instead of as a rigid stick. But essentially the same product in a different shape – that’s why the prices were basically the same. There’s a newer version out now, although it’s only moderately faster.

The best Chromecast Audio deals

While it doesn’t offer true multi-room streaming, this easy-to-use and affordable device modernizes any trusty set of wired speakers you already own with wireless capabilities. In doing so, it also opens them up to smart features. Got an old set of speakers or an ancient iPod dock? Turn it into a wireless speaker with Chromecast Audio!

You’ll have to be quick though as Google recently announced it is ceasing production of the Chromecast Audio dongle. That means once stock is sold out from stores, don’t expect to see any fresh units. Prices may even end up increasing as stores capitalize on the situation. After that, you might only be able to find used or refurbished models. It’s a shame Google has decided to drop the Chromecast Audio as there aren’t that may similar devices out there. That being said, You could try the new Amazon Echo Input, which comes with voice-controls included too for a similar price.

Smart speaker showdown: get two Echo Dot or Google Home Mini speakers for £59

The Google Home Mini prices and Amazon Echo Dot deals went to war late last year to earn a place under as many Christmas trees as possible. And they’re at it again!

The Google Home Mini prices and Amazon Echo Dot deals went to war late last year to earn a place under as many Christmas trees as possible. And they’re at it again!

When one goes on sale, the other isn’t far behind, which is fantastic news for buyers. Today’s deal sees both of these excellent smart speakers offer bundles that will save you £40 when buying a pair. So instead of paying £49.99 for just the one, you can get two for just £59. The Home Mini deal expires today, so we imagine the Amazon one isn’t far behind it too.

Getting two smart speakers for such a low price is an excellent chance to make your home that little bit smarter. As well as the smart assistant being able to answer random questions you throw at it via voice commands, you can also sync them with smart lighting, Ring doorbells, thermostats and more. Check out our other deal pages below for some ideas to get you going.

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Parsec Technologies Announces First to Market CAT 18 Rugged In-Vehicle Antenna to meet LTE LAA Specifications for Public Safety, Gigabit LTE and 5G Ready Applications

Parsec’s Doberman antenna series antennas pair with and support current 4G LTE radios as well as the new Gigabit-Class LTE router solutions for fast, reliable access to the new public safety network, including Band 14.

Parsec’s Doberman antenna series antennas pair with and support current 4G LTE radios as well as the new Gigabit-Class LTE router solutions for fast, reliable access to the new public safety network, including Band 14. The Doberman series of antennas by Parsec are optimized to work specifically with current 4G LTE routers and new in-vehicle and in-building routers for Gigabit-Class LTE and 5G Ready networks. Doberman series antennas operate using MIMO LTE, MIMO Wi-Fi and precision GPS antennas.

Parsec’s Doberman series antennas cover LTE frequency bands ranging from 617-894MHz, 1695-2700MHz, 3300-3800MHz, and 5150-5850MHz through MIMO LTE antennas. These frequency bands cover all current 4G LTE bands, as well as the bands on the new public safety network and on the CBRS bands. MIMO Wi-Fi antennas within the Doberman series support Wi-Fi frequencies ranging from 2400-2483.5MHz and 4900-5900MHz. The Doberman operates as an omnidirectional antenna with 85% efficiency. Also included is precision GPS.

“Every antenna in the Parsec PRO Series is high performance and ruggedized, to support uninterrupted communications for our first responders and critical communications infrastructure applications,” says Michael A. Neenan CEO of Parsec. “Parsec’s latest high performance antenna is a best in class performer for Band 14 and LAA applications due to its robust design with high gain and high efficiency”.

Configurable as a 6-in-1, 5-in-1, 4-in-1, 3-in-1, or 2-in-1 antenna, the Doberman can be used together with other Doberman configurations to achieve 4X4 MIMO with dual carrier support. The Doberman and other Parsec antennas in the PRO Series of high performance, ruggedized antennas are IP67 rated and highly configurable to meet the needs of a wide range possible solutions.

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Parsec Technologies, Inc. a pioneering American antenna company specializing in ruggedized, high performance antennas for wireless mobile and enterprise applications within the industrial internet of things.

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Telenet Selects Infradata and BroadForward to Deliver Location Based Services

ZAVENTEM, Belgium, January 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

Infradata deploysBroadForwardsLocation Based Services (LBS) solution at Telenet, providing access tolocation information of devices across legacy and next generation mobile networks

Infradata and BroadForward announced today that they have been selected by Telenet to replace the existing legacy LBS system with the BroadForward Location Based Services solution.

ZAVENTEM, Belgium, January 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

Infradata deploysBroadForward’sLocation Based Services (LBS) solution at Telenet, providing access tolocation information of devices across legacy and next generation mobile networks

Infradata and BroadForward announced today that they have been selected by Telenet to replace the existing legacy LBS system with the BroadForward Location Based Services solution. This allows Telenet, the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium who acquired mobile operator BASE in 2016, to expand their ability to provide location information. This is needed for a range of services, including emergency calls for police, firefighting, and ambulance services.

Telenet aims to become the leading converged connected entertainment and business solutions provider in Belgium. Telenet has a track record in delivering disruptive products to the market, specializing in the supply of broadband internet, fixed and mobile telephony services and cable television. Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, has a 56% stake in Telenet.

Infradata is the leading expert and certified reseller of the entire range of BroadForward products, which includes next generation products for routing, interworking, security and number portability. Infradata is selected by Telenet based on their extensive experience in design, implementation and support of BroadForward products.

BroadForward LBS is a software based, multi-protocol solution, designed to manage device location information across legacy and next generation mobile networks. The productized solution includes standardized functions such as GMLC (Gateway Mobile Location Centre), LRF (Location Retrieval Function) and Routing Determination Function (RDF). The solution will later also incorporate the 5G Gateway Mobile Location Centre.

Luk Bruynseels, VP Mobile Technology at Telenet, about selecting Infradata, “Approximately 70 to 80% of all emergency calls are made from a mobile device, and with the network location information we can provide additional information to emergency services so they know where to find people when it matters. As the leading expert in BroadForward products, Infradata successfully replaced the legacy system with BroadForward’s state-of-the-art Location Based Services solution that works in a multi-vendor environment and across network types”.

Infradata Managing Director Nico van Buitenen added: “Mobility continues to grow at an astonishing rate. Two-thirds of the world’s population are already connected by mobile devices and IoT devices will grow to nearly 10 billion devices in just a few years from now. Due to the extensive knowledge and experience Infradata has internally on mobile networks, we are able to provide Telenet with a leading Location Based Services solution that works across legacy, current and future networks.”

About Telenet

As a provider of entertainment and telecommunication services in Belgium, Telenet Group is always looking for the perfect experience in the digital world for its customers. Under the brand name Telenet, the company focuses on offering digital television, high-speed Internet and fixed and mobile telephony services to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels.

Under the brand name BASE, it supplies mobile telephony in Belgium. The Telenet Business department serves the business market in Belgium and Luxembourg with connectivity, hosting and security solutions. More than 3,000 employees have one aim in mind: making living and working easier and more pleasant.

Telenet Group is part of Telenet Group Holding NV and is quoted on Euronext Brussel under ticker symbol TNET. For more information, visit www.telenet.be. Liberty Global – the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, investing, innovating and empowering people in more than 10 countries across Europe to make the most of the digital revolution – owns a direct stake of 56.36% in Telenet Group Holding SA/NV (excluding any treasury shares held by the latter from time to time).

About Infradata

Infradata is the worldwide provider of Cyber Security, Cloud Networking solutions and Managed Services. Infradata refines networking and security to meet the business needs of Telecom Operators, Service Providers and enterprises with Mission Critical Networks. With many years of experience and extensive knowledge about the Service Provider networks combined with Infradata’s innovative approach to deliver highly complex technical infrastructure projects helps Infradata customers to accelerate their success.

Infradata offices are located in Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, France, Germany, Poland and the United States with a global 24/7 Direct Expert Access support organization.

www.infradata.be

About BroadForward

BroadForward is leader in intelligent routing and interworking software for 2G/3G, 4G/LTE, 5G, IMS, Fixed, Wi-Fi, IPX and M2M networks. BroadForward delivers a portfolio of Next Generation signaling products and network applications, with products for routing, interworking, security, number portability and signaling orchestration. BroadForward’s active 5G roadmap supports service providers with their network transition to Next Generation Core, including HTTP/2 Proxy, Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP), Binding Support Function (BSF), 4G-5G interworking and multi-protocol signaling orchestration. All BroadForward products are hardware-agnostic and support network virtualization, OpenStack and cloud deployment. BroadForward’s software development is entirely done in The Netherlands.

www.broadforward.com

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