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You might have heard the word ‘nit’ crop up a few times during the latest Apple event, but what are they, and do you need them?

After the announcement that the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro both have 800 nits of brightness, we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t really understand why that was a good thing.

Nits are related to the brightness of a screen and are used as a measurement when talking about TVs as well as smartphones, and other devices with a screen.

Keep scrolling to understand what a nit is, why it’s important and what else affects the brightness of your screen.

How bright is a nit?

A nit is actually measured from the brightness of a candle, if you can believe that.

To throw some more terms at you, a candela is a word for the amount of light one candle produces. If you were to imagine a cube of one square metre by one square metre with one candle in it, that would be a candela.

That amount of light that’s created over one square metre is one nit. So all the light reflected off of this cube is one nit. If you added more candles to this box, you would be adding more candela’s and more nits, since the square metre has more light in it than before.

To simplify; a candela is a light from a candle, and a nit is light from a candle per square meter. Totally understandable.

And as you would expect, more nits equal more brightness, so it’s best when your devices have a high nit count.

The average movie theatre screen sits at only 50 nits, but since it’s in such a dark room it doesn’t need to be much higher. Most smartphones have between 300 and 400 nits, and high-quality TVs can go over 1000 nits.

Why are nits important?

Now we understand what a nit is, it’s important to understand why they’re something you should consider when buying a new phone or a TV.

Essentially, more nits mean that the screen can get brighter, which is ideal if you’re in high-light environments.

For example, when it’s summertime and it’s really bright outside, it can be really hard to see what’s on your phone screen, because the screen can’t get bright enough to be visible when in direct sunlight. So, having more nits means you can see your screen in these conditions, and it allows for better and brighter colours on your screen.

How do nits impact HDR performance?

Having a higher nit count can actually improve your TVs HDR output, as HDR videos are usually mastered for a high nit count, from 1000 to 10,000 nits. Though not every device or TV will have a nit count that high, meaning you can miss out on HDR.

As we’ve said, more nits mean a brighter screen, and the ability to go brighter will make the HDR more impressive as it can get better contrast from the bright sections of the video, and the less bright.

In laymen’s terms, having more nits on your device means that your device can make better use of any HDR capabilities. Usually, to get HDR to work best, you want to aim for a TV that’s at 600 nits or higher.

You can also check out our article on HDR if you want a more in-depth look at how to get the most out of high dynamic range.

It’s not just all about nits

There are many other things that will impact display quality, it’s not just nits that make the experience. There is also black level, which is essentially nits but for darkness. A lower black level will give you better colours and contrast, as it allows for the darker parts of the display to be even darker.

Black level is also measured in nits, and in the same manner as its bright counterpart, but unlike max brightness you want a lower level for the best viewing experience. If the black level is too high the black parts of your video will look grey. In an ideal world, having both the black level at zero and the nit count high will give you the best colour contrast and range of colour on your screen.

There’s also colour temperature, which is measured in Kelvins. Colour temperature references the way the colours look; warmer temperature results in the screen looking yellower, while a cooler temperature will bring out the blues. 6500 kelvins is the ideal where colors look most natural.

You may have noticed that your phone screen goes to a more yellow tone when it’s late at night, as the yellow tones are much easier on the eyes than blue, and actually help you to sleep better. Colour temperature is important in terms of comfort when looking at a bright screen in a dark room, but also to make sure the colours on the screen don’t look too yellow or blue.

There’s also Delta E, which measures the difference between the colour on screen and the colour the human eye actually perceives. If the colour that’s being displayed differs too much from the original input content, then we will perceive the colour as different when we see it.

Delta E becomes quite technical quite fast, but you shouldn’t really notice any issues if Delta E is at three or less, but the higher it goes the less accurate the displayed colour is.

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The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have a new nostalgic ...

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OnePlus has teamed up with camera maker Hasselblad once again to develop a new camera feature for the 9 Series called XPan Mode. 

XPan Mode – which is compatible with this year’s OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro – is designed to mimic the experience of using Hasselblad’s classic XPan camera from right within your smartphone. 

The new XPan Mode joins the exisiting Hasselblad Pro shooting mode on the 9 and 9 Plus, making them feel more like actual cameras.

The original XPan was one of the first dual-frame 35mm film cameras available and gave photographers the ability to switch to a full panorama view without changing the film. 

The new XPan Mode provides OnePlus users with two focal lengths found on the Hasselblad XPan: 30mm and 45mm. Like the XPan, users are also be able to see panoramic shots in full in the camera app’s viewfinder. 

The mode shoots in the same aspect ratio as the XPan camera – 65:24. Images are cropped from the 48-megapixel main camera and the 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera ensuring you get a high-resolution photo over 20-megapixels in size. 

OnePlus XPan Mode black and white

The filters are nostalgic, too. OnePlus has added two film simulation profiles to choose from, including a realistic colour mode and a more artsy black and white option so you can decide whether you want to shoot in colour or not. 

Finally, any photos taken in the new XPan Mode will first show as negative film before developing into the image saved on your phone, giving users the full film camera experience (or as close as you can get on a modern smartphone).

“Working with Hasselblad on XPan Mode has helped us recreate their legendary experience of viewing your photographs in a 65:24 format before shooting a wide, panoramic image in 30mm and 45mm”, said Head of Imaging at OnePlus, Hsiaohua Cheng. 

“Using XPan Mode on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will let our users see the world around them through a unique lens, and we’re very excited to see how this format will be utilized by our users and photographers around the world”.

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Apple Card iPhone 13 pre-order snag leaves Apple ...

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It’s iPhone 13 pre-order day and some of Apple’s most loyal customers are reportedly suffering issues in a somewhat unlikely manner.

Those attempting to secure their new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro handset – which is released a week from today – have had problems checking out with their Apple Card, using Apple Pay or when attempting to upgrade through the iPhone Upgrade Program.

Reports are flooding in on social media from users who are having their Apple Card rejected, which is quite significant given cardholders get a 3% cash back on products from the Apple Store. On a £1,000 purchase, that’s £30!

Some people have had to use different cards in order to make the payment, which saw the transaction go through smoothly. Those seeking to checkout via Apple Pay have also experienced issues and have had to enter their card details manually.

Strangely, even some of those who are simply looking to upgrade their iPhone, under Apple’s specific program, have been bounced and unable to complete the transaction.

Apple is at least communicating with some customers who had to purchase with another card to let them know they’ll still get the 3% daily cash.

“Some Apple Card customers are temporarily unable to make iPhone Upgrade Program purchases using the Apple Card. If you’ve completed your purchase with another card, you’ll still get your 3% Daily Cash for this purchase. We’ll email you the details later,” an Apple support agent reportedly said.

Right now Apple has not commented on the issues, that may be due to issues with Apple’s banking partner Citizen One. Trusted Reviews has contacted Apple for an update on the matter.

Have you had issues with your iPhone 13 pre-order? Or was it smooth sailing? Let us know @trustedreviews on Twitter.

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iPhone 13 battery sizes revealed, here's how ...

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One of the key improvements the iPhone 13 range makes over its predecessor is a significant boost in advertised battery life.

Apple says the iPhone 13 will deliver an extra 1.5 hours of battery life compared to the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 13 Pro will deliver an extra 2.5 hours of battery life over last year’s Pro model.

On the Pro Max model, users can expect a whopping 28-hours of continuous video playback, Apple says. We will of course be putting this to the test in our extensive review of the handset.

While some of the improvements are due to added efficiency from iOS 15 and the new A15 Bionic processor, the rest come via a larger battery pack, made possible by redesigned iPhone 13 innards within the same chassis.

While Apple doesn’t reveal the battery sizes as part of its marketing, an updated submission to the Chemtrec website, unearthed by 9to5Mac, reveals the improved capacities for all four iPhone 13 models, from mini to Pro Max

  • The iPhone 13 mini 9.57 watt hour battery, an increase of 11.6% on the 8.57Wh battery within the iPhone 12 mini.
  • Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 includes a 12.41Wh battery, up 15% on the iPhone 12’s 10.78Wh cell.
  • Moving onto the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple has squeezed an 11.97Wh battery behind the display, which is a significant 11% improvement on the iPhone 12 Pro.
  • Finally, the iPhone 13 Pro Max also contains a bigger battery, a massive 16.75 watt hour battery, which beats last year by 18%.

Unlike most mobile manufacturers, Apple doesn’t advertise many key specs, like processing clock speeds, RAM, and the size of the batteries in iPhone handsets.

So, quite often we rely on tear downs from the likes of iFixit (we’re sure that one will be in in the next week or so) or spec sheets from Apple’s suppliers or submissions to regulators and external bodies, as was the case here.

Will you be upgrading to one of the new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro models? Let us know @trustedreviews on Twitter.

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Google Pixel 6 Fold may arrive before end of 2021, ...

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Google may yet reveal a Pixel Fold smartphone packing a foldable display by the end of the year, according to an analyst.

The oft-rumoured rival to the likes of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Moto Razr is possible during the final three months of the year, says David Naranjo who is a Senior Director at Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC).

That would suggest an announcement might be made during the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launch set to take place next month. However, given how little we’ve heard about the possibility of a Pixel Fold in recent months, we’d suggest this is a highly unlikely eventuality.

Pixel phones haven’t exactly been leakproof in the past, so Google will have needed to do a much better job of tightening up on the gossip if this phone really is imminent.

The newest rumour comes in a tweet from Naranjo, claiming a Pixel Fold may have a 120Hz variable refresh rate. Just yesterday we brought word from his DCCS colleague predicting the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro may also benefit from the LTPO technology.

The tweet from Naranjo lists 20 current and rumoured phones that will use those OLED panels, which enable phones to effortlessly switch between 10Hz (for basic, low powered tasks) all the way up to 120Hz for higher-end mobile gaming experiences.

Is Google even planning to launch a Pixel Fold anyway? Well, it’s been pretty quiet on that front, with the last major rumour coming from hit-and-miss leaker John Prosser who said “the Google Pixel “Fold” is a real thing” back in February.

Given Google has put a lot of work into ensuring Android plays nice with foldables, we’d be surprised if Google wasn’t at least looking into the possibility of launching a folding handset, but it arriving before the end of the year remains very much an outside bet.

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Cameo Calls offer 1-on-1 video chats with your ...

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The makers of the Cameo app, which enables fans to receive video messages from some of their favourite celebrities, is launching Cameo Calls for a more interactive experience.

The new video chat service is billed as a ‘meet and greet’ experience lasting up to 15 minutes, with the talent setting the fee and duration.

You can pop along to Cameo now (via TechCrunch) and see who is available to hop on a call, how long you’ll get, and how much it’ll cost you. All calls will take place via the Cameo app. After buying the call, you’ll get a code you can input within the app.

While Cameo videos have traditionally been purchased as presents for people to be surprised by one of their favourite personalities, this service might be better for people who think they’d just love to have a chat with a celebrity.

For example, the General Hospital actress Vanessa Marcil is about to hop on some calls this evening and is charging $225 for a ten=minute session. Participants will get to chat about anything one-on-one and also snap a photo together.

“We foresee Cameo Calls replacing meet and greets at music festivals and world tours, fan conventions, sporting events, and more,” said Cameo Co-founder & CEO Steven Galanis.

You can see how it all works in the announcement video below:

We’re hoping our initial fears aren’t true and this won’t provide the perfect opportunity for perverts to whip their wedding tackle out in front of unsuspecting and horrified reality TV stars.

As a scarred former tabloid journalist, I can also see this being used in nefarious ways to get on-the-record comments, or off-the-record stories from the personalities listed on Cameo. Not that many of them are shy of the media attention, but that’s beside the point.

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Fast Charge: The iPhone 13 Pro finally brings some ...

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Fast Charge: The iPhone 13 borrows heavily from the best of Android

OPINION: If you’re a fan of the iPhone then this has been a big week, as the latest round of flagship phones from Apple got their big reveals.

While I would probably say that the new iPad Mini 6 stood out as the Apple launch I was most excited about, there’s no denying the iPhone 13 series, notably the Pro models, offer a number of welcome upgrades.

Anyone familar with the best Android phones around will likely already be aware of some of the features Apple added to the iPhone 13 Pro.

The biggest of these is the new ProMotion tech tucked inside the display. This enables a variable refresh rate and allows the OLED panel to ramp up to 120Hz and back down again to save battery. Having this ability makes the screen faster and, as a result, smoother for scrolling and more responsive in gaming.

I am shocked it has taken Apple this long to bring ProMotion from the iPad to the iPhone

Higher refresh rate displays have been common on Android phones since the Razer Phone in 2017, and these fancier variable versions hit the mainstream earlier this year with the Galaxy S21.

Franky I am shocked it has taken Apple this long to bring ProMotion from the iPad to the iPhone, and slightly disappointed it’s not available on all iPhone 13 models. I’m also interested in how much difference it actually makes, as iOS is so well-tuned anyway that the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz might not be as obvious as it can be on Android.

One user-benefit heavily rumoured to come with the addition of ProMotion was an always-on display. This would utilise the phone’s ability to ramp down to as low as 1Hz to keep a clock always displayed even when the phone was off. There was no mention of this during the iPhone 13 launch, which is a shame.

Screen aside, the iPhone 13 Pro also has a slightly smaller notch than the previous model. Apple has stuck the same notch on its phones since the iPhone X introduced the design quirk as a way of cramming in all the sensors required for Face ID.

Apple’s introduction of the notch caused a wave of similar designs from Android competiton, however these didn’t last long and quickly moved over to the punch-hole style you’ll find on just about all our favoutite Android phones.

With the iPhone 13, Apple looks like it’s finally on the road to removing the notch completely. Leaks have already suggested the iPhone 14 might go the whole way and imply a design very similar to the Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9.

Another feature that stuck out to me as being present in some form on many Android phones is the Cinematic mode. This is sort of like an auto videographer mode; panning, blurring, zooming and giving some Hollywood pizzaz to your video.

Portrait mode blur has been available on a number of Android phones recently, though I can’t say it has ever impressed me too much. Samsung phones too have a feature called Single Take, which combines multiple video styles together.

iPhone 13 Cinematic Mode

As these smarter video shooting modes became more popular on the competition it was always going to eventaully appear in some form on the iPhone.

There are still plenty of features common on Android phones I would love to see appear on a future. Periscope zoom is one, as is faster charging (Xiaomi this week announced a phone that can charge at 120w – the iPhone 13 does it at 20w) both wired and wireless. Maybe we’ll get these next year, or maybe Apple has different plans.

The iPhone 13 series are all available to order now and will arrive on shelves from September 24.

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Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Microsoft needs to add ...

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OPINION: If you’ve purchased a Surface laptop in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed a rather large omission: there’s no Thunderbolt. 

For those unaware, Thunderbolt is a port solution that looks identical to the oval USB-C connection, but has a number of added benefits. Not only does the current generation Thunderbolt 4 standard get double the speed for data transfers compared to standard USB-C, it also allows you to hook up additional external monitors and expansion docks. 

Almost every single laptop manufacturer has adopted this technology, with the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo and even Apple pledging support. And then there’s Microsoft, which is still stubbornly refusing to use Thunderbolt on any of its Surface laptops. 

Thunderbolt cable

What’s the reason for this? A leaked engineering webinar (as reported by The Verge) indicates that Microsoft refuses to use Thunderbolt because it’s a security risk.

“No Surface device has Thunderbolt. Why not? Because that’s a direct memory access port,” a Microsoft employee reportedly explained. “If you have a well prepared stick that you can put into the direct memory access port, then you can access the full device in memory and all data that’s stored in memory. We don’t believe, at this moment, that Thunderbolt can deliver the security that’s really needed from the devices.”

However, Intel responded to this by releasing Thunderbolt 4, which features ‘VT-d based DMA protection’ that supposedly helps to prevent security threats by remapping requests from external devices and checking for proper permissions.

I’m not really in a position to say whether that’s effective enough, but with major laptop manufacturers continuing to support Thunderbolt (including the privacy-conscious Apple) then I’m inclined to assume the security is pretty tight. Yet despite the launch of Thunderbolt 4, Microsoft is still yet to launch a laptop that supports it. 

I suspect that Microsoft has an ulterior motive, as it likely wants users to be dependent on the proprietary Surface Connect port. Anyone who has owned a Surface laptop should know this is the magnetic port solution that is not only used to charge the device, but can also be used to connect up to other Microsoft accessories such as the Surface Dock 2 which costs a whopping £259.99. 

There’s nothing stopping Microsoft supporting both its own Connector port and Thunderbolt 4 simultaneously, but since the latter has far better speeds and functionality there would be less of an incentive to buy Microsoft’s own branded accessories. 

We don’t know if this really is the reason behind Microsoft’s refusal to use Thunderbolt, but if accurate it would be anti-consumer behaviour. You could even argue that it’s bad for the environment, similar to how Apple’s insistence on using the Lightning connector cable – as opposed to adopting the universal USB-C – could be generating lots of needless electronic waste.

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Surface Pro 7 lacks Thunderbolt, but successor could finally support the technology

The good news is that The Verge is suggesting Microsoft will finally announce Thunderbolt support for the Surface Pro 8 during its upcoming event on 22 September. Such an inclusion would immediately address one of my major criticisms for modern-day Surface computers, so I’m really hoping this report is accurate. 

And if Microsoft continues to snub Thunderbolt? Well I don’t believe such an omission would be a deal breaker, but it’s still a needless flaw that will give the likes of Apple, Dell and Lenovo a major advantage. Come on Microsoft, sort it out.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete is our weekly computing-focussed opinion column where we delve deeper into the world of computers, laptops, components, peripherals and more. Find it on Trusted Reviews every Saturday afternoon. 

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Get Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village for free ...

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Anyone looking for a new graphics card could get Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village for free with this new deal from AMD.

AMD has announced that anyone who buys the Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card from an eligible retailer will be treated to free access to Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village. Check out some of the participating retailers below:

Resident Evil Village is already available, so you should be able to start playing straight away, while access to Far Cry 6 should be enabled once the game becomes publicly available on 7 October.

However, it’s no secret that it’s been hard to get your hands on graphics cards this year due to the silicon shortage, and stock seems to be still thin on the ground. This means your options may be limited, so don’t expect to easily bag of the cheapest models.

But with the Radeon RX 6900 XT being the most powerful GPU in AMD’s range, you can be confident you’ll be getting a top-notch performance for your money. We gave the graphics card a 4 out of 5 rating when we reviewed it, highlighting the 4K performance and low TDP as its core strengths.

The Resident Evil Village and Far Cry 6 offer is also eligible when purchasing a gaming PC with the pairing of an AMD Ryzen 5000 or 3000 Series processor and an AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics card.

Those who like to game on the go will also be pleased to know the deal is available for eligible gaming laptops that are packing an AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series mobile processor and an AMD Radeon RX 6000M Series mobile GPU.

This AMD offer will be available from today through to the end of the year, on 31 December. The redemption period for the titles included will also end on 29 January 2022.

You can check out the full list of which retailers are participating and any regional eligibility using the links prior.

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Razer Huntsman V2 keyboard adds speed, softens ...

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Razer has launched the Huntsman V2, the second version of its handsome opto-mechanical gaming keyboard, which it is calling “the world’s fastest.”

The second generation model keeps those lightning quick switches, but cuts down on the latency significantly, while heeding the first-generation complaints about noise.

The new model adds a silicon sound dampener to reduce the “clack” of the keys when they bottom out. The sound level is kept down by “more generous lubrication” on switches and stabilizers.

Early reviews suggest the keys haven’t been silenced completely, but you’ll get more of a thud than the original’s “metallic scratching” this time around. However, Razer does say the sound-dampening tech has been added through the entire chassis.

The main premise of the keyboard remains the same. Those opto-mechanical keys use and infrared light source, which means you don’t have to press the key all the way down in order to transmit the press, unlike traditional keyboards.

Razer Huntsman V2

“The Razer 2nd Generation Linear Optical Switches use an infra-red beam of light to activate the switch signal, which completely eliminates debounce delay, the delay traditionally built into mechanical switch keyboards to ensure a contact signal is a true keypress,” the company says in a press release.

This enables Razer HyperPolling Technology to come into its own with a true polling rate of 8000Hz, which amounts to near-zero latency.

Razer says it has listened to feedback following the launch of the first-generation model in 2018. The company says Doubleshot PBT keycap will improve durability, while there’s a sturdy matte aluminium top plate that’ll ensure the keyboard remains rigid even when you’re absolutely battering it.

There’s a multi-function Digital  Dial and customisable media keys that’ll be handy for non-gaming uses. As this is Razer, there’s a load of customisable Chroma lighting options.

The Razer Huntsman V2 costs £189.99 and is available now.

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Microsoft Office 2021 lands on Windows 11 day, for ...

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Microsoft’s next standalone version of the Office productivity suite will be available on October 5, the same day the Windows 11 roll-out commences.

Office 2021 for PC and Mac is the first update in a couple of years and is somewhat of a reluctant release from the company, given it would much prefer to push users to the Microsoft 365 subscription plans.

Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is constantly updated with new features, bug fixes and security updates for the likes of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but requires users to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee.

The standalone option more or less arrives with the features it ships with, which the company hasn’t detailed in full just yet. Users will get all of the latest security updates and quality updates.

Office 2021 may mirror many of the new features promised by the Office LTSC version, which is released today. One of those features is dark mode (via The Verge), which 365 subscribers have had for a while now.

The Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel version for Windows and macOS is an Enterprise version designed for businesses who haven’t yet gotten on board with the move to the cloud, or can’t receive regular updates for security reasons.

Microsoft has previously said Office 2021 will have OneNote and Teams built in, support 32-bit and 64-bit and will be supported for five years.

“We… plan to release Office 2021 for personal and small business use later this year,” the company said in February. “Office 2021 will also be supported for five years with the traditional “one-time purchase” model. We do not plan to change the price for these products at the time of the release. We will announce more details about new features included in Office 2021 closer to general availability.”

Windows 11 is now less than a month away, while Microsoft has plenty in store on September 22, when it is hosting a Surface event to preview new homegrown hardware.

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Next Netflix experiment to put you in charge of ...

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Netflix is continuing its experimentation with storytelling formats, with a forthcoming heist-thriller encouraging viewers to watch episodes in the order of their choosing.

The streaming giant is pushing beyond its recent forays into interactive storytelling with the aptly named Jigsaw, with production currently underway.

The eight-episode run, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is designed for the first seven episodes to be watched in a non-linear fashion, prior to the finale.

If the report is accurate, the choose-your-own-progression story would lend itself to the Netflix’s drop-all business model that broke the episodic TV model of releasing one show a week.

The possibilities are quite enticing here, as we’re big fans of non-linear storytelling. However, we’ve never seen the decisions placed in the hands of the viewer rather than the director or screenwriter. With originals like Black Mirror Bandersnatch and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s  “Kimmy vs. the Reverend”, Netflix has allowed users to choose the direction of the narrative, but this is another take.

Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian), Paz Vega (Spanglish), Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle) are on board to star in the series, which will be based on a true story.

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Esposito will be the lead, which the THR report says will follow the old cliche of a career crook who just can’t give it up, while Vega is an attorney and Sewell plays a former thief now playing for the good guys as a security expert.

“Jigsaw will span 24 years as it tells the story of the largest heist ever attempted and the vengeance, scheming, loyalties, and betrayals that surround it. It’s loosely inspired by a real-life story in which $70 billion in bearer bonds on Wall Street were endangered by flood waters from Hurricane Sandy.”


There’s no news on when the series, currently filming in New York, will debut on Netflix, but the report says Ridley Scott is executive producing.

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Mystery new Switch controller may be the N64 hint ...

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Nintendo is working on a new controller for the Switch, new filings to the FCC in the United States of America have confirmed.

The appearance of a device identified as ‘BKEHAC043’ over at the US regulator has the web is an uproar, speculating about everything from a possible N64 game controller, a new Pro pad, a Gameboy-style controller, or just a new version of the Joy-Con for the Switch OLED.

So what do we know? First of all, we know whatever Nintendo is cooking up is for the Switch. The presence of ‘HAC’ in the device ID is the tell. That’s featured in all of the company’s Switch-based products to date. As Nintendo Life points out, the Switch itself is HAC-001.

There also seems to be good reason for thinking this may be an official Nintendo 64 controller designed for use with the rumoured roll out of the next-generation of retro games for the Switch Online subscription service.

The official SNES controller Nintendo rolled out last year for playing Super Nintendo games on Switch Online was codenamed ‘HAC-042’ so it’s quite feasible that the peripheral designed for the next update would carry the name ‘HAC-043’.

The FCC filing, which also revealed the controller will draw slightly more power than the original Joy-Con, came to light following more indications that N64 classics like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and GoldenEye 007 could soon arrive on Switch Online, perhaps as part of a more expensive, premium tier.

In our report earlier today, we brought word of Nintendo tipster NateDrake – who recently and correctly predicted GameBoy and GameBoy Colour games would arrive on the service – who now reckons N64 are on deck.

Speaking on his podcast, he said: “Yes – that information is accurate and one of the platforms that will be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online in the future is the revolutionary Nintendo 64”.

However, that doesn’t mean the peripheral debuting shortly, which the images tell us very little about, is definitely an N64 controller, complete with Rumble Pack and centred analogue stick. The Switch OLED is almost upon us, so some refinements may have been made to the Joy-Con that has a long history of drift issues. We wait with baited breath for Nintendo’s next move.

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For years now, the Pixel range of handsets has lagged behind the best Android phones when it comes to display tech, but that might change with the forthcoming Pixel 6 Pro.

According to a new report, Google is planning on fitting its flagship phone with an LTPO OLED display, offering a variable refresh rate of 120Hz, just like the newly announced iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Apple dubs the feature Pro Motion and says it “produces fast frame rates when you need them and preserves battery life when you don’t.”

That would also match-up to Android phones already on the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and would tick a big box for Google when staking a claim as the best Android phone out there.

The word on the Pixel 6 Pro comes from industry insider Ross Young, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (via Android Central), just weeks before the launch. Google has already confirmed a 120Hz display for the Pixel 6 Pro with a QHD+ resolution, but the addition of the LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) tech could be a real game changer.

The feature looks set to become the next must-have display feature for high-end smartphones moving forward, now we’ve hit the 120Hz refresh rate capabilities on the top devices.

It is designed to give users the ability to access the faster refresh rates (meaning how many images per second a display renders) when gaming, as well as the ability to conserve battery life with a lower refresh rate when browsing emails, for example.

That means there’s no undue power use, spawning a positive effect on battery life. Our editor Alastair Stevenson has a great explainer on the matter here.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is expected next month with Android 12 out of the box. We’ve had a soft launch from Google thus far, offering information about the cameras, the design and the new Google Tensor processor, but the main event is still to come.

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Disney+ app finally coming to Panasonic 4K TVs

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If you’re the owner of a Panasonic TV, we’ve got some good news. The Disney+ app is finally available on the Japanese manufacturer’s smart TVs.

Every time we review a TV from Panasonic we always mention it doesn’t have Disney+, and it seemed odd the app hadn’t made an appearance on Panasonic’s My Home Screen giving its popularity. Panasonic has confirmed the streaming service is now available on compatible Panasonic TVs launched from 2017 onwards.

The reference to compatible TVs are those that have the my Home Screen operating system, which indicates that Panasonic’s Android TVs (of which there are a few) and some of its cheaper sets won’t be getting the app.

The addition of Disney+ brings Disney’s trove of content, a vault that includes Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, ESPN and Star – available in territories outside of the US – that houses films and TV series from 20th Century Studios, FX and Searchlight.

And given that a number of Panasonic’s TVs – from its OLEDs down to the LCD LED TVs – support Dolby Vision, you’ll be getting the best streaming quality possible from the app, with Dolby Vision IQ support on the OLED range adapting the picture to room brightness levels, so you’ll always see the detail, contrast and luminance in an image.

How to get the Disney+ app on Panasonic TVs

Panasonic Disney plus Cruella

On compatible TVs (those with the My Home Screen OS), the Disney+ app will appear in the Application view. All you need to do is press the ‘Home’ button on your remote to bring up the row of apps, and you can download Disney+ and log-in from there.

The models that are supported with the my Home Screen OS include those with the following prefixes:

And these are the regions that will be getting the Disney+ app on their Panasonic smart TVs.

UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Latin America.

It’s been a long time coming, but we can finally stop asking question of when Disney+ is coming to Panasonic TVs.

So when’s the Apple TV app coming to Panasonic TVs then?

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Up your game with this Razer Mamba Elite gaming ...

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This is the chance to take your set-up to the next level, as the Razer Mamba Elite mouse has nearly 40% off.

Trusted seller Currys PC World is currently selling the Razer Mamba Elite gaming mouse for just £49.97, which is a whole £32.02 off from the original asking price of £81.99, making this a great deal for anyone looking to upgrade their rig on the cheap.

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Razer Mamba Elite Deal

Gain the edge over the competition with this incredible deal on the Razer Mamba Elite, which packs a high DPI for trigger finger reactions and RGB lighting for a bit of added flare during your livestreams.

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The Mamba Elite features Razer’s very own 5G advanced optical sensor with 16,000 DPI, meaning you’ll be able to move your pointer faster across the screen, which can be critical in the final minutes of a tough match.

The resolution accuracy of this mouse is also 99.4%, so no matter your skill level you should be able to stay on target.

You can also customise the Mamba Elite to suit your needs and gaming style, as there are nine programmable buttons that you can individually configure.

The Razer Mamba Elite is also a wired mouse, so you don’t ever have to worry about losing battery mid-game and waiting for it to recharge.

Plus, this can be seen as a decent investment, as Razer claims that the Mamba Elite can last for up to 50 million clicks, which is more than enough to see you through few plenty of different campaigns and multiplayer sessions.

And if you’re interested in a little decoration and colour, the Razer Chroma RBG gives you the choice of over 16.8 million colours, various patterns and in-game lighting effects, meaning you can make this mouse your own.

These lights sit tastefully on each side and on the roller, but do keep in mind you can always keep them turned off, if you prefer the matte black look.

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Razer Mamba Elite Deal

Gain the edge over the competition with this incredible deal on the Razer Mamba Elite, which packs a high DPI for trigger finger reactions and RGB lighting for a bit of added flare during your livestreams.

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  • Was £81.99
  • Now £49.97

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While we haven’t gotten out hands on the Razer Mamba Elite, we have tested the similar Razer Mamba, giving it an impressive 4.5/5 stars.

Anyone out there who’s looking for a new gaming mouse, or just wants to upgrade to something new, this is a very affordable deal, and the Razer Mamba Elite should be a welcome addition to your gaming setup.

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Huawei Watch 3 is taking on the Apple Watch 7 with ...

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HarmonyOS 2.0 is getting another update and even more features in an attempt to knock Apple off its throne as wearable’s top dog.

HarmonyOS 2.0 is Huawei’s operating system for many smart devices, including the companies smartwatches, like the Huawei Watch 3.

The Watch 3 is the first watch to have HarmonyOS 2 pre-installed, so any owners of this model will be treated to the updates pretty soon.

Keep scrolling to find out everything the new HarmonyOS update entails.

Third-party app expansion

Due to sanctions implemented, Huawei chose to develop and build its own apps and services without Google GMS.

This means that the Watch 3 supports more third-party apps, which should ensure better software scalability. The app gallery also allows for you to download apps without needing to use your paired smartphone, to make it even easier to alter your watch.

eSim support

The Watch 3 has further autonomy now, as users can make or receive a phone call and play music without needing their phone.

This will make the Watch 3 a lot more useful, especially if you’re ever stuck without your phone. Users can also share their data plans between their smartphone and smartwatch by activating the eSim service on their phones.

Hand washing

A fitting update for the time we’re living in, the Watch 3 can now detect when you’re washing your hands and teach users how to do wash their hands scientifically.

This can be turned on by going into your Settings, clicking Accessibility and then tapping on Handwashing.

Internet of Everything

Huawei has claimed that its OS uses distributed technology and covers all devices while achieving free hardware combinations, which should achieve a more consistent system experience over different devices.

This should help better link all your devices that use HarmonyOS and bring a more intelligent user experience.

The HarmonyOS update is currently being rolled out in China.

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AMD reveals it's ready to embrace Arm ...

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Arm has been on the rise in the computing world, especially since Apple announced it’s converting to the architecture for its Mac range. And now it looks like AMD wants to jump aboard the bandwagon. 

As reported by Tom’s Hardware, AMD’s CFO Devinder Kumar revealed that the company is ready to start making Arm-based processors. 

“We have a very good relationship with ARM. And we understand that our customers want to work with us with that particular product to deliver the solutions,” Devinder Kumar said. “We stand ready to go ahead and do that even though it’s not x86, although we believe x86 is a dominant strength in that area.” 

However, AMD didn’t outright confirm it’s currently working on developing any Arm-based processors, so we may still have to wait a number of years until such a chip sees the light of day. 

There’s also no guarantee that AMD would launch an Arm chip for desktop PCs or laptops, like Apple has done with the iMac and MacBook Air. Instead, it’s more likely that AMD will use Arm technology for data centres, or even develop chips for other customers like Nvidia did for the Nintendo Switch

In fact, AMD CEO Lisa Su even hinted at the possibility of making Arm chips for customers earlier this year, as she said:

“We actually consider ARM as a partner in many respects. From an AMD standpoint, we consider ourselves sort of the high-performance computing solution working with our customers, and that is certainly the way we look at this. And if it means ARM for certain customers, we would certainly consider something in that realm as well.”

Valve is one of the most recent AMD customers, with the upcoming Steam Deck using a Ryzen processor. That will be running on an x86 processor, but it’s certainly possible that AMD could be using Arm chips for similar devices in the future. 

However, there is a fly in the ointment, since Nvidia is currently in the process of acquiring Arm. If the acquisition is completed, AMD will be in the strange position of working with its fierce GPU rival in order to develop Arm-based processors. That said, Nvidia has already confirmed it’s happy to work with competitors and honour licensing commitments, so in theory, it shouldn’t impact AMD’s plans whatever they may be. 

The Trusted Take

It’s certainly big news that AMD could be developing Arm processors in the future, but it’s hardly a surprise. AMD’s already building its Ryzen processors on Intel-made x86 architecture, so it’s not that strange of a move to start working with the likes of Arm and Nvidia too. 

But of course, this doesn’t mean that we’ll start seeing Arm-based AMD chips in any desktop PC or laptop anytime soon. It’s far more likely that AMD will be sticking to data centres and fulfilling orders for other customers for the foreseeable future, even if the Arm uprising in the laptop space is inevitable at this point. 

Ryan Jones


Computing and Gaming Editor

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Why is Bluetooth not working on the Nintendo ...

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Nintendo finally rolled out Bluetooth connection for its Switch and Switch Lite, but people are finding that it doesn’t really work.

Nintendo has finally announced that Bluetooth has come to the Switch and Switch Lite through a software update.

This feature has been missing from Nintendo’s latest console since it launched in 2017, but now you can connect your Bluetooth earbuds or headset while you play.

You should also keep in mind that you will be limited to just two wireless controllers when your Bluetooth device is connected.

However, not everyone has been so happy about the news, as many people have reported that the feature doesn’t work, or that it doesn’t work well enough to actually make it worth it.

Does Bluetooth work on the Nintendo Switch?

We checked how Bluetooth connections worked on various members of staff’s Switches after readers alerted us about issues they were having. This included testing headsets, controllers in home and lab conditions. Here’s what we found.

Several members of staff do own a Switch – or the Lite – and nearly everyone had issues connecting and with lag.

One member of staff said that connecting their Switch to their headset was no issue, but audio lag on their action rhythm game “is so far out that it can’t even be tuned back in, rendering it unplayable”.

They also claimed that their audio was “about 1 second out,” which is pretty substantial, especially if the game you’re playing relies on the audio.

Another said that their game was also very laggy, making it seem like this might be a common issue for the Switch.

I was able to connect to my headset easily, however, once I loaded up a game to play, the audio immediately started to lag and even crackle on occasion, which really took me out of the experience and made the game a lot less enjoyable.

Thankfully, one member of staff was able to connect fine and claimed they has no issues with the audio. That was using a Nintendo Switch Lite, so it might be that these audio issues are more pronounced on the original console.

We’ve contacted Nintendo for comment on the issues, but at the time of publishing hadn’t heard back. We’ll update this article when we do.

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You can order the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro now

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Apple announced its new range of iPhones this week and they’re now already available to order.

Apple debuted four new phones at its California Streaming event, following the same blueprint set by the iPhone 12 series. This time we’ve got the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

All the phones are now available to order via Apple itself or carriers directly. All the major UK networks will be carrying the 5G-enabled device and it’s a similar case in the USA. Pre-orders will then start to arrive from next Friday (Sep 24). For prices see the chart below:


Unlike last year, all four of the iPhone 13 models are available at the same time so you won’t have to wait to get the Mini or the Pro Max.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are very similar devices, with the same A15 Bionic chipset that Apple claims is 50% faster than the competition, same improved 12MP dual camera array with a focus on low-light photography and the same overall design. Of course, the Mini is smaller as it packs a 5.4-inch display as opposed to a 6.1-inch version.

The iPhone 13 Pro models work in a similar way. They both have the same feature set, including updated optical zoom and ProMotion 120Hz displays, but the Max model has a larger 6.7-inch display.

For more on the iPhone 13, check out our iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12 comparison along with our iPhone 13 Mini vs iPhone 12 Mini comparison. We’ve also got a full look at the Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and iPad 9.

It’s hard to say at this stage how big these updates are, however there are certainly some things that stand out. The 120Hz ProMotion displays on the Pro model should make for smoother scrolling and gaming, while all the camera improvements are always welcome. We appreciate the 20% smaller notch too.

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How to use Philips Hue lights with Alexa

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One of the best ways to use your Philips Hue lights is with Amazon Alexa. Set it all up correctly, and you’ll find that voice is one of the best ways to get your lights to do what you want. Plus, you can use the lights in Routines, automatically triggering them to do what you want. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Add the Philips Hue Skill

Amazon Alexa only works with lights connected to the Philips Hue Bridge, not the Bluetooth lights. And, you have to turn on Out-of-home access. To do this, open the Hue app and tap Settings. If Out-of-home control says Enabled, you’re good; if not, tap this and tap Enable. You’ll need to sign in to your Hue account or, if you don’t have one, create one.

Once you’re signed in, you can open the Alexa app and go to Skills. Search for Philips Hue and then Enable the Skill – this will prompt you to log in to your Hue account, using the same details that you used to enable Out-of-home access. Once done, it will take 45 seconds for Amazon to find the Hue lights.

Enable out of home access of Hue lights

2. Basic control

Now, you can control your Hue lights with basic control. You can control bulbs individually, say, “Alexa, turn on Hue spot 1”. You can also control Hue rooms, which also appear in the Alexa app, such as “Alexa, turn on Kitchen.”

Via Alexa, you can do the usual things, including setting lights to a colour, adjusting the brightness as a percentage. You can also use any of the scenes that you’ve created for your lights. Scenes are unique per room in the app, and are turned on by using the command, “Alexa, turn on in .”

3. Create groups

As useful as the individual control is, it makes more sense to put your lights into Alexa groups. This makes them easier to find, but you get one more trick if you put an Alexa device into the same room: simpler control. Rather than having to tell an Echo speaker which light to turn on, you can just say, “Alexa, turn on light”. Alexa knows which lights it’s in the same room in, so will turn these on. You can use all the same light changing and brightness controls; note that Scenes are still controlled by the full name, as above.

My guide on how to setup and create Alexa groups tells you how to do this.

Create groups in Alexa for Philips Hue

4. Use Routines

Alexa Routines are hugely powerful. You can use them as a type of scene, say dimming the lights and turning the heating up for a movie night, or you can automate your home, say turning lights on at a certain time, or having your lights turn off if a motion sensor detects that there’s no movement.

Hue lights work fully with the system, and you can find out how to do this in my guide on how to create Alexa Routines

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