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Virgin Mobile launches eSIM for UAE customers
Posted by Nick Rego on 11 November 2018 07:22 AM

Virgin Mobile today announced the availability of eSIM as its latest mobile offering to both new and existing customers for those with compatible handsets such as iPhone XS.

The eSIM replaces the usual physical, plastic SIM card with a virtual embedded equivalent that has been pre-built into the device.

New customers can easily join Virgin Mobile via the dedicated app, and have their SIM card delivered anywhere in the UAE. To switch to the new eSIM format,  simply visit any Virgin Megastore across the UAE and activate your eSIM at no extra cost.


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Nov
10
Bellew vs Usyk live stream: watch the boxing online from anywhere right NOW
Posted by Adam Marshall on 10 November 2018 09:53 PM

This is it - it looks like Tony Bellew's boxing career will be over within the next couple of hours. But will it be in a blaze of glory, or will Oleksandr Usyk - the current unified cruiserweight champ - defend his WBA, WBO, WBC and IBF belts? See how to live stream Bellew vs Usyk with this guide.

Despite his advanced years, Bellew must still be confident after successive wins over David Haye as he returns to the cruiserweight category for the first time since since 2016. But he's up against a man who was also the first winner of the World Boxing Super Series after he defeated Murat Gassiev to lift the Ali Trophy in Moscow in July.

If Bellew is defeated then Anthony Joshua might well await Usyk. But Bellew has already said: "I've been written off before, I'm being written off again. More people thought I was going to get knocked out, going into the first David Haye fight, then think I can lose this fight, so it's nothing new."

If you're not able to access the fight by traditional means, you could use a VPN to stream Bellew vs Usyk live so that you don't have to rely on some dodgy Reddit stream. We've got more about that down below, together with your viewing options in several countries.

Live stream Bellew vs Usyk from anywhere with a VPN

How watch the Bellew fight in the UK

How to watch Usyk vs Bellew: live stream in the US

How to watch Bellew vs Usyk: Australia stream

Main image courtesy of skysports.com


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Nov
10
England vs New Zealand live stream: how to watch today's rugby from anywhere
Posted by Adam Marshall on 10 November 2018 02:30 PM

Well, top THAT, England? After last Saturday's astonishing victory against the Springboks you'd think they would have been able to enjoy a very well-earned rest. But the minute the full-time whistle went, all minds would have been thinking immediately towards this afternoon's clash with the All Blacks. You can watch the full match no matter where you are in the world with an England vs New Zealand live stream and you're in the right place to find out how.

So can Eddie Jones's side repeat the trick? Some hard tackling and inch-perfect place kicking sealed the one point win against South Africa. Owen Farrell has escaped sanction for his dubious last gasp 'tackle' and so co-captains the XV again alongside hooker Dylan Hartley.

And all they have in-front of them is a group of the undeniably best rugby players in the world. The formidable All Blacks scare pretty much any other rugby union side on the planet - and that's just the haka! New Zealand has the vast majority of his first string superstars available for selection, including Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams, Sam Whitelock and inspirational captain Kieran Read.

But South Africa beat New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and England beat the Springboks, so...could an upset really be on the cards, again? If you want to tune into the action live, you're in the right place. We'll tell you how to stream England vs New Zealand live, even if there's no dedicated broadcast in your country.

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How to watch the England game in the UK

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How to watch the All Blacks live in New Zealand

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How to live stream the England vs New Zealand rugby in the US

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Nov
10
Apple is fixing these iPhone X and MacBook Pro problems for free
Posted by David Nield on 10 November 2018 02:30 PM

Apple has quietly launched another couple of official repair programs – that's where it acknowledges manufacturing problems with its products, and offers free fixes for all the devices affected. This time they cover the iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

First up is the iPhone X, recently discontinued after the launch of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. The handset may have an issue where the display doesn't respond correctly to touch inputs, or seems to react even when it's not being touched – so if you notice this behavior then Apple will repair your phone for free.

As with every repair program, Apple says you can take an affected iPhone X into an Apple Store, or an authorized Apple repair shop, or send it to Apple direct in the mail. Obviously you'll have to do without your phone while it gets repaired.

Apple, we have a problem

Next up is a problem that seems to affect a specific range of 13-inch MacBook Pros – those without the Touch Bar, sold between June 2017 and June 2018, with either 128GB or 256GB of internal SSD storage on board. It's that SSD storage that is reportedly the issue.

Apple says a "limited number" of these laptops have "an issue that may result in data loss and failure of the drive". You can check if your model is eligible on the web, and get Apple to swap out the drive for you, again free of charge. Of course you'll want to run a full back up of all your data first, because you'll get your MacBook back with a blank drive.

Again, you can head to an Apple Store or authorized repair shop, or post your laptop off to Apple instead to get it fixed. We've previously seem similar repair programs launched for the iPhone 8 and the keyboards on newer MacBooks, among other devices.

Via 9to5Mac


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Nov
10

Rugby union fans are being treated to a flurry of autumn internationals, and with a buoyant Ireland heading back to Dublin to face Argentina, we're here to tell you how you can live stream the whole match absolutely free whether you're in Ireland, the UK or anywhere else.

2018 has treated Ireland well after a memorable triumph in the 2018 Six Nations. Their third ever grand slam saw them climb to 2nd in the world rankings and they'll relish the chance to take on some serious southern hemisphere opposition. LAst week's dismantling of Italy will leave them with a spring in their step and Jordan Lamour will be eager to capitalise on a rich vein of form that saw him score a hat-trick of tries in the US.

Despite finishing in fourth place again, the 2018 Rugby Championship may be one of the best of Argentina's history to date - they're improvement on the world stage continues. Boasting wins against Australia in the Wallabies' backyard and South Africa, the Pumas' build up to the 2019 World Cup continues in earnest.

If you're hoping to tune into Ireland vs Argentina, you're in the right place. The good news is that the UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 is hosting the coverage and you can use a VPN to catch it if you're outside the UK this weekend.

How to live stream Ireland vs Argentina rugby union in the UK for free

Result! The Ireland vs Argentina match will be shown live on Channel 4 in the UK. That means you can watch it for free on your TV when it kicks-off at 6.30pm GMT.

Alternatively, you can access the action live via the All 4 online platform or through a third-party online streaming TV service such as TVPlayer.com. This means you can catch the match on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone for free if you're in the UK.

Not in the UK this weekend? No worries - just download and install a VPN and use a UK location to watch as if you were back home. Full instructions below.

How to live stream Ireland vs Argentina for free anywhere else in the world

If you're outside the UK and try to start streaming the rugby on All4, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. But there's a way you can watch for free anyway. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's in the UK. That way you can enjoy the free coverage without having to pay your local broadcaster or find an illegal stream.

It's really easy to get started with a VPN - here's how to do it:

Images courtesy of irishrugby.ie


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Nov
10
Samsung Galaxy Watch 2: what we want to see
Posted by James Rogerson on 10 November 2018 12:00 PM

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is notable for a lot of reasons, not least of which being that it’s a highly capable smartwatch that doesn’t run Wear OS or watchOS, relying instead on the Tizen operating system.

With a stylish design, long battery life and loads of tracking skills it does enough to compete with any wearable running those better-known operating systems, but it isn’t perfect by any means, so we’ve come up with a list of improvements that we want to see on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2.

You’ll find them further down this article, but before that you’ll find our predictions for the Watch 2, including the possible release timing, price and features. As news and rumors start emerging we’ll add them to this article too.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next smartwatch from Samsung
  • When is it out? Maybe late 2019
  • What will it cost? Probably at least $329 / £279 / AU$499

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy Watch landed on August 9, 2018, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, so there’s a fair chance that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 will land in or around August 2019, possibly at the same event as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

However, there’s no guarantee of that and there are no release date rumors yet. But a launch roughly a year after this model would make sense, especially as the Galaxy Watch is in some ways a successor to the Samsung Gear Sport, which landed in August 2017, and the Samsung Gear S3, which landed in November 2016. 

In other words, there has been roughly a year between all these models.

There aren’t any price rumors yet either, but the Samsung Galaxy Watch launched for $329 / £279 / AU$499 for the 42mm version or $349 / £299 / AU$549 for the 46mm model, with prices going up if you want a version with LTE. So we’d expect the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 will cost at least that much and it may cost more.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 is sure to be a fairly expensive wearable

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 news and rumors

There aren’t yet any whispers about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2, but it’s very likely that Samsung is working on it, and we can take some educated guesses as to certain features that it may have.

For example, it’s sure to retain most or all of the features found on the Samsung Galaxy Watch. That includes GPS, a heart rate monitor and NFC, along with tracking for various sports, sleep and stress.

It’s also likely to have a circular face and a rotating bezel, especially as the likes of the Gear S3 also have those things.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch can track a lot of activities

What’s less certain but still very likely is that the Galaxy Watch 2 will run Tizen. Samsung has been using Tizen on wearables for a while and although a move to Wear OS was rumored for the Galaxy Watch, no such change happened in the end.

It’s possible that Samsung will switch to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 2, especially as Google’s smartwatch operating system has a healthier app ecosystem. But there are plenty of reasons to like Tizen and Samsung hasn’t shown any real sign of giving up on it.

What we want to see

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a great smartwatch but one with plenty of room for improvement. The following seven features are things we’d really like to see on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2.

1. More third-party apps

The Samsung Galaxy Watch runs Tizen, rather than one of the big-name wearable operating systems, and one downside of that is that there are fewer apps available than you’ll find on Wear OS or watchOS.

So by the time Samsung launches the Galaxy Watch 2 we’d like to have seen it work with developers to get key apps like WhatsApp, Google Maps and Facebook Messenger on the platform.

2. Better stress tracking

The Galaxy Watch tracks most things well, but not stress

The Samsung Galaxy Watch tracks a lot of things and mostly does a good job, but stress tracking is definitely a weak link.

While it’s available, it required us to manually measure our stress levels rather than tracking them automatically in our tests (despite claiming that it can do it automatically), and its accuracy could be questionable, since the data seems mostly based just on heart rate. So we’d like to see this feature overhauled for the next model.

3. Group challenges

Competing with friends can be a big motivator to get more active and handily the Samsung Galaxy Watch lets you do this. Your friends don’t even need a Galaxy Watch of their own – a Gear watch or the Samsung Health app will do just fine.

However, you can only challenge friends individually, rather than having a group competition. It seems like this would be an obvious and easy feature to add, so hopefully Samsung will.

4. Compatibility with more wireless chargers

The Samsung Galaxy Watch uses a proprietary charger

The Samsung Galaxy Watch charges wirelessly, but not just any wireless charger will do, you need a proprietary one that comes with it. This is inconvenient and if you’re ever without your charger means you’re likely to soon have a dead watch (though the Galaxy Watch at least has good battery life).

So for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 we want it to work with standard, everyday wireless chargers. That way if you’re at the office or a friend’s house without yours there’s at least a chance someone will have one you can borrow.

5. Big improvements to Bixby

Another downside of using Tizen rather than Wear OS is that the Samsung Galaxy Watch is reliant on Bixby rather than Google Assistant.

This is a problem, because Bixby is nowhere near as good as Google Assistant (or Siri or Alexa for that matter), with one particularly major issue being that it simply struggles to understand us.

While you don’t have to use Bixby to interact with the Galaxy Watch, it has the potential to be a major feature, but until it gets a lot better it won’t be.

6. Better iOS compatibility

Interaction is limited when using the Galaxy Watch with iOS

The Samsung Galaxy Watch works with both Android and iOS, but it’s definitely better with Android, because while you can read notifications on the watch when paired with an iPhone, you can’t reply to them or initiate communications, making it a lot more limited.

This may not be something Samsung can solve, as it would likely require a change on Apple’s end, but it’s something we’d like to see nonetheless, as it could make the Galaxy Watch 2 a real alternative to the Apple Watch 5, or whatever we’re up to by then.

7. Wider LTE availability

There are versions of the Samsung Galaxy Watch that support LTE, but only on select networks, which won’t suit everyone. For the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 we’d like to see an LTE model available on more or less all networks, so it’s an option for everyone.


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