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That’s according to Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider testing program, who responded to a comment from a Windows 10 fan on Twitter pleading for a reduction in the time taken to apply an upgrade to a maximum of one hour.
So there you go – this is something that’s being pushed for at Microsoft, and Sarkar’s use of CAPS LOCK (yikes!) hopefully indicates that it is indeed a priority, rather than just an airy statement born of placation. Although obviously no concrete details are given here as to any progress on this front.
To be fair to Microsoft, this is certainly something the firm has always put a premium on. Back in 2016, during the run-up to the Creators Update, the software giant considerably streamlined the size of update downloads (by switching to a differential package, rather than a full download of a fresh build).
Whatever progress can be made in terms of reducing download size and install times will obviously be welcome, particularly in the latter case because when the PC is tied up during installation (with lengthy reboots, while watching that percentage counter), there’s nothing you can do with the machine – which can be frustrating.
As we saw at the start of the week, Microsoft is hoping to better hone Windows 10 on all fronts in future updates with the introduction of a new system of ‘Cohorts’ in the testing process.
These are specialized groups of testers dedicated to certain aspects of Windows 10 – for example stylus use – whose feedback will hopefully enable Microsoft to better pick out the most relevant new features which should be developed in these particular areas. That system is only at the experimental stage at the moment, though.
Via Windows Central
Leila is an adaption from the novel by Prayaag Akbar, which tells a story of Shalini, a woman in search of the daughter she lost 16 years earlier. It is written and produced by Urmi Juvekar.
Ghoul, a horror series based on Arabic folklore, is set in a covert detention centre. Nida, a newbie interrogator who turned in her father as an anti-government activist, comes to the centre to realise that some terrorist were imprisoned there, which are not from this world. The show starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul has been directed by Patrick Graham and comes with a supernatural twist.
Crocodile is a murder mystery aimed at young adults. It is set in the seaside-state of Goa, where Mira’s best friend goes missing and she sets out her own investigation to find her.
The shows upon completion will debut in 190 countries to over 117 million Netflix users. Netflix earlier announced three more shows from India — Sacred Games, Selection Day and Bard of Blood. First-look stills of the Sacred Games were also released today.
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Team GB take on Sweden today in the battle for a medal, with Eve Muirhead’s team will be gunning for gold after claiming bronze at Sochi 2014.
Whether you want to stream the Winter Olympics Curling 2018 online, watch it live on your television via cable or watch it, mostly without having to put up with any commercial breaks – we’ve got you covered.
Here is TechRadar’s quick and easy guide for how to watch all the ice hockey games at the Winter Olympics 2018 online from anywhere in the world – just remember to bear in mind that there’s a nine hours time difference between PyeongChang and London and 17 hours with Los Angeles.
If you are in the UK and have a TV Licence, you can watch the Curling on BBC One or online NOW. See details below for the UK, the US and other territories.
This is the best way to watch the Winter Olympics 2018 Curling online – from absolutely anywhere in the world – without any commercial breaks:
1. Download and install a VPN If you don’t have easy access (and you don’t live in the UK or the US) to watch the Winter Olympics online in your country, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. Check out ExpressVPN here
2. Connect to the appropriate server location Simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location – it doesn’t matter which one and it’s super easy to do.
Choose UK if you want to watch it on TVPlayer (use the link below)
Choose US if you want to watch the Winter Olympics 2018 via Youtube TV (use link below)
3a. Go to TVPlayer.com TVPlayer is a free, legal, online streaming service based in the UK which offers hundreds of channels – and you don’t even need to sign in to get some Olympics coverage without commercial break. You will need to do a fair bit of channel hopping though and a lot of the events won’t be available on free channels. Continue scrolling if you want to experience a fuller and richer version of the Winter Olympics.
3b. Go to TV.youtube.com Many online US-based TV streaming services offer NBC Sports as part of their bundles and a few of them offer trials and the best one is YoutubeTV, an official Google product. You can trial it for 30 days; the ability to record to the cloud and hold up to six accounts per household (and 3 simultaneous streams per membership) are its most alluring selling points. You can watch it on most devices and there are no fees for cancelling.
However, you will need a US IP address in order to access all of the above and if you are outside the US, you will need to get an IP address located there by using a VPN.
Where can I watch the Winter Olympics 2018 using a VPN?
A VPN will enable you to watch the Winter Oympics from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: US, UK, Israel, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Denmark, India, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Romania, Mexico, France, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Kenya, Hungary, South Africa, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, Egypt and more!
Google has also confirmed that it will be playing video highlights from official Olympic broadcasters on Youtube in more than 80 countries worldwide including NBCUniversal (USA), BBC (UK), NHK (Japan), France TV (France), and Eurosport (Rest of Europe).
In the U.S., YouTube TV will also show NBCUniversal’s live coverage of the Olympic Winter Games and in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal, the Winter Olympic games will be for the first time live and free on the Olympic Channel on YouTube.
If you are in the US, that’s a straightforward process, as NBC will broadcast the whole of the XXIII Winter Olympics, including all the Curling matches on its website and through its NBC Sports app for free (Android, iOS, Windows, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox, Samsung, Amazon Fire TV).
It is not known whether NBC will allow anyone to view the 2018 Winter Olympics without registration or existing subscription as it was the case previously.
NBC Sports is available on Youtube TV.
If you’re in the UK and if you have a TV licence, then BBC iPlayer is where you should go for Winter Olympics 2018 as the official broadcaster for the games; you may be asked to register for free in order to watch it though but it is a doddle and once you do it, you can enjoy it almost anywhere.: on your mobile, your media player, tablet, your web browser, streaming device, gaming console, TV, cable and satellite operators etc.
Just note that the BBC will not cover ALL the events – just a selection of them – and while you can record locally on your PVR, you won’t be able to record to the cloud.
However, if you want to get the full Olympian experience, you will need to get a specialist channel like Eurosport, which is the global official broadcaster for the Olympics. You will be able to get all the live action on Eurosport for as little as £3 with 7-day catchup and the ability to record live programs to the cloud to watch whenever you want.
You will need to use the code OLYMPICS50 when signing up and you can cancel after the first month. Otherwise you will be auto-enrolled on a subscription.
Photos courtesy of Organising Committee for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Despite these events playing out in the background, O2 has continued to perform. Telefonica is no longer as eager to exit the UK market and there’s talk of a possible initial public offering (IPO).
Over the past 12 months the company has added 176,000 new customers (266,000 if you count M2M connections) and service revenues are up 2.2 per cent to £5.73 billion.
There are now 25 million O2 customers and 32.5 million on the network when you count mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) like Tesco Mobile and Sky.
O2 makes no secret of its belief that focussing on the customer experience is how to succeed in the competitive UK mobile market. It has attributed its recent growth to flexible tariffs, family plans and a screen replacement service.
And speaking at The O2 this week, CEO Mark Evans was talking about future and the role the customer will play in its vision. The thinking is simple, if you focus on user needs, they will use the network more and more revenue is generated. Data traffic on O2 is up 64 percent year-on-year and customers are spending more.
“We’ve had a strong year,” he said. “We’ve delivered strong new propositions and some old ones too. Priority is the biggest digital loyalty programme in the UK.”
O2 is currently ranked as the worst performing network in RootMetrics’ independent network tests but the operator is critical of placing too much importance on such measurements. Instead it boasted about being named the best by customers of uSwitch because it’s an award voted for by the public.
“We read a lot about so-called independent surveys which are funded by operators,” he said. We invest £724 million in capital expenditure in our network. That works out at £2 million per day. We’ve been doing that for two years.”
For its part, RootMetrics believes its tests are scientific and reflective of the actual experience and the mobile operators are among its customers.
It doesn’t matter how good the customer service is if the network isn’t there and O2 recognises this. It has been testing small cell technology in Aberdeen and London as it looks to see how it can roll out LTE-Advanced and 5G.
The customer focus extends to its 5G plans, with The O2 becoming a testbed for next generation networks later this year. It wants to see how people actually use the network so it can tailor its services accordingly.
“Just building a 5G capabie network won’t drive adoption,” added COO Derek McManus.
“Our customers will get a hands-on experience of what 5G actually is. Real customer participation in these trials will help us understand the standards and the use cases for consumers, businesses and the public sector.
“We can start to understand how we can effectively and rapidly deploy 5G when the time comes.”
But to start the trial, O2 needs some spectrum and the upcoming auction of 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz will be an opportunity to gain some. It was a critic of delays to the process caused be EE and Three, but it believes that if the UK is to harness the full potential of mobile, there needs to be more collaboration – and less red tape.
McManus said he had seen this approach first hand during his trips to Asia.
“What really struck me was how local government, operators and partners are all working together with one aim: better network connectivity,” he said. We need to do more of that in the UK.”
Planning permissions and local councils looking to monetise their assets rather than take a long view of the value to the wider economy are two issues McManus cited, while access to fibre is another.
Evans said that more fibre in the UK was essential to 5G. Openreach has pledged to connect three million properties to a fibre to the premise (FTTP) network, while Virgin Media also has plans for a limited rollout and TalkTalk is seeking funds to build its own infrastructure. Meanwhile Vodafone has partnered with CityFibre.
“The key for me is not the ownership [of Openreach], it’s the operating model that allows the rollout of fibre,” Evans replied when TechRadar Pro asked him about the current Openreach structure
“If our ambition is 3 million then we’re in trouble … If there’s no competition, there’s no incentive to roll out.”
Evans noted that if the mobile sector could support four operators building networks independently of each other then it should be possible to create the same conditions for broadband.
But would O2 ever get involved in the costly and resource intensive business of fixed infrastructure itself?
“Never say never,” he responded.
Just when the world was starting to get used to the idea of smart speakers, along come smart displays and upset the market. Essentially a smart speaker with a screen, the smart display is already establishing itself as an essential part of the smart home setup.
The first major smart display to hit the market was Amazon’s Echo Show, and even with no YouTube it’s still proving to be a big hit. So it was with bated breath that tech fans waited to see what Google’s answer was going to be.
In an interesting move, Google doesn’t seem to be producing its own smart display, not yet anyway. Instead, it is leaving the job up to third-party manufacturers like JBL and Lenovo. We saw the first wave of these Google Assistant speakers at CES earlier in the year.
Now we’re starting to see a next wave, and Archos’ Hello smart display shows just what we’ve got in store. It’s got all the things you’d expect, a screen, a speaker, a microphone array.
What’s unusual about the Hello is the fact that it’s running on the Android Oreo operating system. Google has created a platform specifically for smart displays (video below) built on top of Android Things, the platform for internet of things (IoT) products, but Archos has decided to use the version of Android designed for mobile phones and tablets.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that Archos has chosen to favour the mobile OS, given its background with mobile devices.
Inside it’s got 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which is less than you’d expect from even a mid-range phone, and the touchscreen comes in either a 7-inch or 8.4-inch variant. The design looks slimmer and sleeker than the other Google Assistant speakers we’ve seen so far, and you’ve got the option to place it either horizontally or vertically.
Archos is planning for the Hello to be available mid-2018 for €129.99 (about $160, £115, AU$200) for the 7-inch variant and €179.99 EUR (about $220, £160, AU$280) for the 8.4-inch model.
Noted leakster Evan Blass shed light on the codenames of the upcoming Moto phones earlier today. According to his Twitter post, the G6 Play is called “Ashley”, the G6 is called “Blaine” and the superior G6 Plus is codenamed “Teller”.
In another interesting leak, Android Headlines managed to get their hands on render of the upcoming Moto G6 Plus. The image shows all the colour variants of the phone, and also confirms the design of the phone, which we’ve seen in leaks prior to this.
Although Android Headlines mentions five colours from the render, we found six colours of the Moto G6 Plus— Silver, Gold, White, Black, Cyan and Blue. The built of the device looks a lot like the Moto X4 from the back. It has the a similar metal and glass back panel with curved sides and a round camera design. There’s a dual camera module on the back, and a dual LED that sits right below the lenses.
The big difference seems to be on the front of the phone, as it now has an 18:9 display with rounded corners and thinner bezels. The fingerprint sensor resides on the same location as the Moto G5 Plus, but it’s reshaped.
It remains to be seen if Lenovo has plans to surprise us with the new phone this MWC or not.
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Advances in 4K monitor and mobile display technology ensure that reading notes from a device is just as good as a notebook, while a new wave of applications can make you more organised and productive, handle rich content.
What’s more, there’s no scrambling for a pen or running out of paper, and the rise of cloud services and superfast mobile networks mean you can access your data anywhere you like on the device of your choice.
Whether you’re looking for an app that’s suitable for sharing information with other people, is a good fit for storing research or merely offers a more pleasant writing environment than your current word processor, these are our picks of the lot.
No list of best note-taking apps is complete without Evernote, which is one of the oldest and most fully-featured. Evernote lets you create both simple and complex workflows using a combination of notebooks, notes and tags to keep everything organized.
One of its best features for gathering research is the Web Clipper extension (supported in Chrome, Firefox and Safari), which lets you save entire webpages – including text, images and PDFs – with a single click. Notes can be accessed on laptops, mobile devices and the web, so you’re rarely left with a situation where you can’t retrieve what you’ve saved. Other features include the ability to set reminders, present notes PowerPoint-style, and merge them together.
Recent additions include new tables and a Siri integration for those using the iOS edition.
Like Evernote, OneNote lets you sync notes across various devices. While a free version is available on the Mac, the app is particularly useful on Windows 10-powered hybrid devices due to the interface’s close resembling of an actual notepad.
Unlike Evernote however – which works more like a traditional word processor – OneNote lets you scribble on ruled pages with your device’s stylus, and you can position text boxes, images and tables anywhere on the page. It also has a few features you’re unlikely to find in other note-taking apps, such as the ability to record video and embed it in notes and embedding Excel spreadsheets and other Microsoft Office files. In fact, OneNote plays nicely with all of Microsoft’s Office suite, so it’s ideal if you’re already invested in it.
Ulysses has been around for a while now, and it’s one of the most polished note-taking apps on Apple’s computing platform. (One that’s perfectly equipped for long-form writing, too.) Notes are written and stored in the app’s proprietary Markdown style, which allows for inventive (and colorful) use of headings.
Added to that, images can be embedded in the form of links within documents; rather than displaying them in the body text, you can double click the links to preview image thumbnails. Ulysses also positions images in a sidebar that can also display a word count, mini notes and other information at a glance.
Of course, you need to be invested in the Apple ecosystem to benefit as there’s no Windows or Android version available.
Google Keep is the simplest note-taking app on our list, both visually and how it operates. Think of Keep as your place for storing digital post-it notes, with each note dotted around the interface as if they were laid on a table in front of you.
Notes can be given labels, pinned to the top, given a color, paired with reminders and collaborated on in real time. It’s much more minimal than other writing apps, which either works for or against it depending on your viewpoint. If you want to break away from your operating system’s notes app, but don’t want all of the features that come with other apps on our list, Google Keep is an, ahem, keeper.
A relative newcomer to the note-taking app scene, Bear lies somewhere in-between Evernote and Ulysses, allowing you to create notes and sync them across various Apple devices through its subscription-based cloud service (a free trial is available too).
Using a Slack-like three-pane interface, you can arrange notes by applying hashtags, which allows a subfolder style system. Bear uses rich Markdown for editing, so you can insert links into documents without having to display the full URLs in a similar manner to Ulysses. However, Bear, which is pretty easy on the eye, and one of the few polished Markdown apps that allow you to insert images directly into notes, which could make it a far more valuable app overall if images are a big part of your workflow.
Bear 1.4 added Tag autocomplete, one of the most requested features for the app, so it’s even better.
Something of a left-field choice, Atom is primarily an app used for coding, but its sheer range of customization options means that you can mould it into a useful text editor too. Because it’s based on common web standards, you can hack its CSS stylesheet to create just about any visual theme you can think of. Want to make it look and feel like Word 2016 with a Smooth Typing Animation-style effect? No problem.
Want to write in Markdown with a solarized color scheme? Then download the Markdown Writer extension and choose from one of the hundreds of community-generated themes.
Atom is far from perfect as a text editor due to its lack of one or two standard features – such as an automatic grammar changer – that have been standard in other note-taking apps for years. But it’s certainly one of the most interesting and capable when in the right hands.
Simplenote’s selling point is its clear, simple user interface, making it easy to keep track of notes. It is available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and Linux, with data synced automatically. There’s also a web app if a client can’t be downloaded.
Tagging and search tools ensure users can find what they’re looking for and notes can be shared or published to others working in the same team or on a project. Simplenote backs up previous versions of documents so it’s always possible to revert to an earlier one.
Simplenote doesn’t have many advanced features, but is an ideal candidate for simple note taking. And best, of all, it’s free.
Dropbox Paper launched in August 2016 and works across the cloud platform’s suite of PC and mobile applications. What separates Paper apart is its focus on collaboration, allowing teams to share their ideas, images and videos for projects.
There are integrations with productivity apps such as Google Calendar and Slack as well as some more surprising tools like Spotify.
Recent additions include new organisation tools such as the ability to create mobile folders on the go as well as improved delete and archive features. Dropbox also redesigned the Paper homepage which brings users Paper docs and Dropbox files together.
Its enterprise features make it an ideal note taking app for businesses, but it goes without saying that you get the most out of it if you are already a Dropbox customer.