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May
21

The Virgin Full House broadband and TV bundle doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care whether you enjoy watching 22 grown men kick around an air-inflated bit of leather on BT Sport, if you get your thrills from watching Andrew Lincoln giving zombies the run around on Fox, or revel in original sitcoms and dramas on Sky One.

All these channels are included in the 230+ offered by Virgin Media's Full House bundle along with up to pulverising 100Mb broadband speeds. And if you sign up for it by next Monday, you'll save £72 thanks to the internet provider's latest flash Sale.

Read on to discover more about the offer, which is one of the best broadband and TV deals on the market right now. And if you need more channels and faster broadband still (you animal, you!), then we'll also tell you about the sale on Virgin's all-singing all-dancing VIP bundle.

Virgin Media Full House broadband and TV bundle flash sale:

Upgrade to Virgin's reduced VIP broadband and TV bundle:

Is Virgin fibre broadband available in my area?

Around 60% of the UK households are now able to receive superfast Virgin broadband. It's easy to discover whether you're one of the lucky 3-in-5 - head to our dedicated Virgin broadband deals page, enter your postcode where indicated at the top of the page and if deals show as available then you're laughing.

If no results are returned, then head to our best broadband deals page instead and do exactly the same thing to see whether you can get superfast fibre broadband with another provider, such as BT Infinity.

Existing Virgin Media broadband customers

Sorry, the Virgin website confirms that the sale prices are for new customers only. But there's no harm in trying to get your hands on the new rate, so if you're already a Virgin broadband customer then we suggest that you check with customer services before trying to place an order.

Today's best Virgin broadband deals


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May
21

Is there anybody out there who can stop Simon Yates? A Brit has really come to prominence in this year's 101st edition of the Giro d'Italia cycling event on the continent, but it probably isn't the one you'd expected. Chris Froome finally has a stage win under his belt, yet it's the youngster Yates who remains the overall leader of the Giro d'Italia.

Last year's winner, Tom Dumoulin, riding for Team Sunweb isn't far behind though. He'll be looking to make up the deficit so that he can strike in the final weekend. And the great news is that you can live stream all the Giro d'Italia from anywhere - and absolutely FREE.

This year's Giro d'Italia is available in a record breaking 198 countries. Thanks to 18 different TV networks getting involved there are lots of ways to enjoy all the high-paced Italian cycling action.

The Giro d'Italia 2018 route started in Jerusalem and ends in Rome across the 21 stages. This is the first time, ever, that a Grand Tour has gone outside of Europe. That makes for 3,562.9 kilometres of cycling with a daily average of a knee aching 169.7 kilometres.

So how can you enjoy all the wheel spinning fun? Read on to find out as we tell you the best options to live stream the Giro d'Italia. And the best bit? It's possible to do so absolutely free.

Live stream the Giro d'Italia for free

This year the Italian broadcaster Rai is actually going to share the Giro d'Italia event coverage in Italy for free. It's the only broadcaster we've found that's live streaming all the action without a subscription of some kind. And Rai also has an Android and Apple app for watching on your tablet or phone instead. 

Yup, that means you can stream all the wheel spinning goodness on whatever device you're using, all on RaiSport +. The catch? Well, all the commentary will be in Italian of course! But below we've listed the major broadcasters in English speaking countries.

How to watch the Giro d'Italia: UK live stream

For UK residents the Giro d'Italia will get the Eurosport treatment. That means Eurosport 1, which is available in lots of broadcast and streaming forms, should make watching the racing simple. Eurosport is available with basic Sky TV packages or with a Eurosport Player monthly or annual pass - a free trial for which is available here - that also gives you access across loads of devices.

How to watch the Giro d'Italia: Australia live stream

Australia is getting the Giro d'Italia 2018 via Eurosport too. That means it can be watched via the Eurosport website or through the app or, of course, via a broadcaster that offers the channel. 

How to watch the Giro d'Italia: US live stream

The Giro d'Italia 2018 is making its way to the US via Fubo.TV which means you can enjoy the cycling from multiple locations. Fubo is a sports focused streaming TV solution that lets you subscribe for what you want and stop when you're done – ideal for this event.

Since this is app powered and delivered over the internet, you can watch it on lots of different devices. including smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs and streaming boxes. That means wherever you are you shouldn't miss the action.

How to watch the Giro d'Italia: Canada live stream

Canadians will be able to get in on the Giro d'Italia 2018 action much in the same way as their US neighbours can. That means Fubo.TV access in Canada where the events will be streamed to whatever device you're using. Simples. 

Images courtesy of giroditalia.it


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May
21
HTC U12 and U12 Plus release date, news, price and leaks
Posted by James Rogerson on 21 May 2018 10:19 AM

The HTC U12 - or HTC U12 Plus is it's looking likely to be called - is just days away, as it's launching on May 23 (that's this Wednesday). But it will have its work cut out as it'll arrive after flagship launches from Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG, OnePlus and Honor - ensuring there's plenty of competition for the Taiwanese firm's next hero handset.

Update: The latest HTC U12 Plus leak includes a complete specs list and high-quality press renders, so there might now be almost nothing that we don't know about the phone.

The HTC U11 was an impressive phone, but one with a headline feature that didn’t quite convince. So there’s room for improvement for the HTC U12.

The HTU 12 (or U12 Plus) has seemingly leaked almost in full and the good news is that leaks suggest there will be plenty of improvements. We're rounding all the information up here to give you the best idea of what to expect on May 23.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? HTC's next flagship phone
  • When is it out? Launch is May 23
  • What will it cost? A lot, expect upwards of $649/£649/AU$999 

HTC U12 and U12 Plus release date and price

Hottest leaks:

  • HTC U12 launch date: confirmed as May 23
  • HTC U12 release date: rumored to be May/June
  • HTC U12 price: likely to cost upwards of $649/£649/AU$999

The U12 launch date reveal image tweeted by HTC

We now know that May 23 is the HTC U12 launch date after the firm tweeted a picture (above) along with the message "Coming Soon. A phone that is more than the sum of its specs." 

It's a date that makes sense, as it was in May 2017 that the HTC U11 was announced and June that it hit stores, and the HTC 10 also launched in the month of May.

There's no word on when the HTC U12 will go on sale, but we'd expect a U12 release date of early June for the handset.

It’s sure to cost a lot. The HTC U11 launched for $649 (£649, AU$999), so you’ll probably have to pay at least around that much for the HTC U12.

The only price rumor so far is a claim that it "won't be cheap", so if anything it will probably cost more than the HTC U11.

HTC U12 and U12 Plus design

Hottest leaks:

  • A curvy glass back
  • Water and dust resistance
  • No headphone port

We may now have seen live photos of the HTC U12 Plus, which you can see below.

The leaked images show off the shiny, almost mirrored back, which looks to sport the same Liquid Surface finish as the HTC U11 and HTC U11 Plus. You can also see that there's minimal bezel but no notch and that there's no 3.5mm headphone port - something we've heard rumored previously.

Additionally, you'll also note that there are two cameras on both the front and back. That too has been rumored before - head to the camera section below for more details.

Meanwhile, the leaked press renders below show the HTC U12 Plus off in what appear to be  translucent, red and black shades. These come from Evan Blass, who's a typically reliable leaker.

He also shared a specs list, revealing that the HTC U12 Plus is apparently 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm and 188g, as well as having IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

The HTC U12 Plus in translucent, red and black. Credit: Evan Blass

We've also seen other leaked renders (below), which give us another clear indication of how the HTC U12 might look, showing a shiny, curved glass back with a dual-lens camera and rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

The front seems to have small bezels and no buttons (but also no notch), and a dual-lens camera of its own.

The renders match up with the images above, so this likely the design of the phone.

We've also seen earlier photos seemingly showing the HTC U12 in the flesh, albeit partially obscured by stickers.

Taken at a 5G Industry Alliance event, the photos show an unannounced HTC handset with a likely 18:9 screen and no fingerprint scanner visible on the front.

The shots match up with an earlier leaked image supposedly showing the front of the phone.

The image (below) is very plain and it's hard to make out many details, but it looks as though the U12 may have smaller bezels than most HTC handsets. There's no visible fingerprint scanner, but other images have shown one on the back, so that makes sense.

This could be our first glimpse of the HTC U12. Credit: SuggestPhone

The images somewhat line up with a leak, with a source claiming that the HTC U12 will have a metal frame and a curved glass back, with a fingerprint scanner on the rear and a design that's similar to the HTC U11 Plus.

However, they add that the U12 will come in a new matt white finish, which could change the look and feel of the handset.

That said, another source has since said that the HTC U12 Plus will land in black, red rose, violet and translucent colors, with no mention of white.

We've additionally heard from multiple sources that the HTC U12 will be IP68 certified, meaning it can be submerged up to 1.5 meters deep in water for up to 30 minutes. Apparently though it won't have a 3.5mm headphone port.

HTC U12 and U12 Plus display

Hottest leaks:

  • A 5.99 or 6-inch screen
  • WQHD resolution
  • Minimal bezel

As for the screen, some of the most recent information on that comes straight from Verizon, which has listed the phone on one of its websites, revealing that it apparently has a frame-less Super LCD 6 display with a WQHD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection.

Other details come from a comprehensive specs leak from reliable leaker LlabTooFeR, who claims the HTC U12 has a 5.99-inch QHD+ screen.

Elsewhere, the HTC U12 Plus has also been leaked, with the phone said to have a 6-inch WQHD+ screen. Multiple other sources have since backed that claim up. While a comprehensive leak from Evan Blass points to the phone having a 6-inch 1440 x 2880 Super LCD 6 screen with a pixel density of 537 pixels per inch.

And while this is the Plus model we're talking about, another source says there won't be a standard HTC U12, with the HTC U12 Plus being the company's only flagship of the year.

Indeed, the HTC U12 Plus is the only model we've heard mentioned recently, so this seems believable.

HTC U12 and U12 Plus camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A dual-lens 12MP and 16MP rear camera
  • A dual-lens 8MP front-facing camera
  • A roughly 3,500mAh battery

According to leaker LlabTooFeR, the HTC U12 will have a dual-lens camera with 12MP and 16MP lenses, along with an 8MP front-facing camera.

The HTC U12 Plus (which, again, might be the only U12 we get) has also had its camera specs leaked, with sources saying that it will have 16MP and 12MP rear cameras, as above, but that rather than a single 8MP front-facing camera there will be two.

Some of the images above show two cameras on the front, so this could well be true.

A leak from Evan Blass expands on these rumors, saying that the HTC U12 Plus will have a 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle lens and a 16MP f/2.6 telephoto lens, along with optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom. Plus two 8MP f/2.0 front-facing cameras and 4K video recording at up to 60fps.

Additionally, HTC itself has revealed that it will start making dual-lens phones again in 2018, so the HTC U12 may well be one of them - especially as other rumors talk of a dual-lens camera and the company is supposedly only launching two phones this year.

The image HTC tweeted to announced the U12 launch date appears to show four camera components, adding fuel to the fire on dual cameras front and back.

We've also seen leaked photos supposedly shot on an HTC U12 Plus and they're all 12.2MP, but some have an f/2.6 aperture and some an f/1.8 aperture - so those are probably the apertures of each lens, but it's possible that one lens (likely the 12MP one) has a variable aperture, since all the shots are around 12MP.

The latest battery leak meanwhile comes from Verizon - which makes it pretty close to official. The mobile network has listed the phone as having a 3,500mAh juice pack and fast charging. We've heard that size stated more than once now, though more than one other leak has mentioned a 3,420mAh battery, but what's 80mAh between friends?

HTC U12 and U12 Plus power and storage

Hottest leaks:

  • A Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of storage and microSD support

One source claims that the HTC U12 has an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is exactly what we'd expect from a 2018 flagship.

The same source adds that it has up to 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, along with a microSD card slot. The microSD slot rumor has been given more credibility as a SIM tray with space for the storage card appeared in an image HTC tweeted.

They also shed some light on software and other features, saying the phone runs Android Oreo with HTC's Sense 10 interface, sports 'HTC Face Unlock' and has Edge Sense 2.0 - which is a new version of the squeezable sides found on previous HTC handsets.

We've heard similar things about the HTC U12 Plus - which might be one and the same as the HTC U12. That's rumored to have a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a microSD card slot, but with internal storage coming in at either 64GB or 128GB. HTC's Edge Sense feature is also unsurprisingly said to be included. Those exact specs have since been echoed in a more recent leak.

Another recent leak pegs the HTC U12 Plus at 64GB of storage in Europe, but that means it might be available with more elsewhere.


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May
21
X-T100 accidentally leaked by Fujifilm
Posted by Phil Hall on 21 May 2018 10:10 AM

Fujifilm has accidentally leaked the specs of an upcoming mirrorless camera, the X-T100. The leak was spotted by Nokishita, and a quick glance at the purported features of the X-T100 seems to show that it shares much of its tech with the entry-level X-A5

This includes a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (with the more standard bayer array, as opposed to the X-Trans design featured in higher-end X Series cameras), 4K video capture at 15p, 6fps burst shooting and a 3.0-inch touchscreen.

While the X-A5 sports a tilt-angle display, the X-T100 appears to feature a 3-way construction, which would likely be similar to the design used by the likes of the X-T2 and X-H1

Built-in viewfinder

While you have to rely solely on the rear display on the X-A5 to compose images, it looks like the X-T100 will feature a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a 2.36-million dot resolution and a magnification of 0.62x. 

Another key feature difference that we can glean from the leaked spec sheet is an increase in buffer capacity over the X-A5. Whereas the X-A5 can only shoot at 6fps for 10 frames (JPEG), the X-T100 has stretched this out to 30 shots. 

For the time being there are no images of the X-T100 in circulation, but with the arrival of an EVF we reckon the design will follow that of the X-T20. We shouldn't have to wait too long to see what the camera will look like, as Fuji Rumors reckons we'll get an announcement on May 24. 


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May
21
Microsoft’s Cortana could soon be more ‘human’
Posted by Andrew London on 21 May 2018 10:02 AM

Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant could soon a lot more human thanks to the acquisition of Semantic Machines, a California-based company that specialises in conversational human-machine interactions. 

Semantic sets itself apart from Alexa, Google Assistant, and other voice assistants thanks to a multi-faceted approach to the intelligence at work behind the vocal interaction. Up until recently, voice assistants have worked primarily from responding to the task at hand, and only the task at hand, lacking the context of prior conversations, which makes them feel far from intelligent. 

While Assistant and Alexa both have the ability to respond to immediate prior conversation points – for example, you can ask about a song, and then give another command of 'play it', and the song will play – these contextual responses are limited.

In an interview with TechCrunch, co-founder and chief scientist of Semantic, Dan Klein said: "Today’s dialog technology is mostly orthogonal. You want a conversational system to be contextual so when you interpret a sentence things don’t stand in isolation."

Getting to know you

This means that when you want to book a hotel (the example used in the TC interview), your voice assistant would benefit from knowing whether you’ve booked a car or are planning on using public transport, knowing where your meetings are, and what your career is, so that it can tailor a recommendation based on TripAdvisor reviews by people in a similar field.

While this level of contextual intelligence obviously leads to a far better user experience (and is far more like a conversation with a human assistant), it makes it overt how much information that company truly knows about you. 

There are already services like TripIt that collate your travel plans from harvesting your emails, so the technology is nothing new, and frankly it doesn’t change the amount of your personal data that companies actually have, it just makes it clear, and repurposes it so that it’s actually useful for you. 

The improvements in Cortana would tie into Microsoft's aims that Cortana will be a "situationally appropriate" assistant that moves with you from work to home, and everywhere in-between, acting proactively to assist you.

Of course, we’re in an interesting time for digital-human interactions, with Google’s Duplex making headlines as a robot voice that imitates a human assistant, able to make calls on your behalf. It’s raised the question of whether we actually want our voice assistants to be more human.  

Via The Next Web


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May
21

GDPR has been all over the news recently, as companies of all sizes scrabble to make sure they're ready for the new regulations.

The new rules are set to come into force on May 25 2018, meaning your business only has a few more days to ensure it's compliant.

But what exactly does GDPR entail? Here's our guide to everything you need to know.

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, (or EU Regulation 2016/679 if you want to be official) is one of the most significant and wide-ranging pieces of legislation passed relating to technology and the internet.

Approved by the European Union in April 2016, and set to come into force in the UK on May 25, GDPR  looks to bring together several existing laws and regulations to harmonize rulings across the EU.    

Primarily, it replaces the UK's 1984 Data Protection Act and the EU's Data Protection Directive, which initially came into force in 1995, with new guidelines that are better suited to the modern, technology-dominated world.

The main points of GDPR concern the privacy rights of everyday users and the data they create online, and will affect businesses of all sizes due to their effect on how companies gather, store, and look after their data.

Under GDPR, companies will also need to give explicit notice when collecting the personal data of their customers. This will mean that consent will need to be explicitly given, and that companies will have to detail the exact purpose for which customers' data will be used.

This personal data will also need to be encrypted by default as part of a process known as pseudonymization, meaning that it can't be linked to a specific person without being accompanied by extra information.

Personal data applies to a wide range of information – effectively anything that could be used to directly or indirectly identify a person online. This could include names, email addresses, images, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or even a computer IP address.

Users will also have the right to know exactly what details a company or organization holds about them, and also request that any of this information be deleted if they feel their rights to privacy are being infringed as part of the new 'right to erasure'.

Companies that suffer data breaches, whether accidental or as part of a cyber-attack, will need to disclose this event to the relevant authorities within 72 hours of it happening, although there's no requirement to notify users unless instructed.

Who does GDPR apply to?

Put simply, if your business offers goods or services to anyone living within the European Union, GDPR will apply to you.  

This means that companies outside Europe will also need to ensure they're compliant with the rules, as they could also be subject to fines if found not to be up to speed.

If you have mailing lists for newsletters or promotions, and some of your prospects or customers are EU citizens, GDPR applies to you. 

What do I need to do to be ready for GDPR?

As mentioned above, if you deal with customers within the EU, you'll need to ensure that the way you gather, store and use their data is GDPR-compliant.

For starters, you'll need to identify exactly what data you currently own, and the means by which you acquired it. Many organizations may be unaware of the sheer mountain of information they own on their customers – just as their customers might be unaware how much info they have shared.

All the data will need to be properly secured to ensure it remains protected, so it's definitely worth instigating new policies to limit access to the most precious data to a few key team members. 

You should also be frequently backing up your data, as under GDPR customers are able to request to view exactly what information you have on them at any time.

If your business carries out large-scale data practices, you will also need to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO).

A DPO will be able to take responsibility for much of the heavy lifting when it comes to GDPR, including overseeing compliance and data protection.

Lastly, you'll need to ensure that all your employees are clued up about what exactly GDPR means. The rules aren't just the prerogative of the IT department, but could affect everyone in your organization.

What happens if you're not GDPR-ready?

GDPR is a huge deal, and as such the punishments for non-compliance are significant.

Any organisation found to not be conforming to the new regulations after the May 25 deadline could face heavy fines, equivalent to 4% of annual global turnover, or €20 million, whichever is greater. 

It remains to be seen exactly how GDPR will be monitored, and if fines will be handed out to every company large and small, but for now the best course of action is to prepare as fully as you can.

GDPR latest news and advice

- GDPR: Is your website compliant with the new regulation? - Make sure you don't fall foul of the new GDPR rules with this guide...

- GDPR: The foundation for innovation - How can GDPR help benefit your business?

- GDPR compliance countdown: the final checklist - Is your organisation fully prepared for the upcoming GDPR?

- GDPR and the case for ethical data handling - Looking to finalise your GDPR compliance? Here are some top tips...

- New UK data protection laws: everything you need to know for your online life - Taking control of the data flow...

- Changes in European Data Protection Regulation: A look at the GDPR - Overview of the EU initiative to simplify data protection...


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