iOS 14 leak reveals wallpaper and widget customizations for your Home screen



WWDC 2020 might be online only this year for obvious reasons, but we’re still expecting Apple to unveil its iOS 14 update on schedule in June, with a full roll out in September. A couple of new leaks hint that extra Home screen customizations are on the way with the new software.

Some digging into early iOS 14 code by 9to5Mac has revealed that Apple is at least experimenting with the idea of Home screen widgets – not just a side panel as in iPadOS, but fully fledged widgets that can be repositioned as required.

Android phones have offered widgets for years of course, and in recent software updates Apple has shown some willingness to move away from the uniform rows and columns of icons on iPhones and iPads.

9to5Mac says the feature is still in testing and might be scrapped, so don’t get your hopes up too much just yet. Extra augmented reality features and a new app switcher are also being tipped for iOS 14.

We’ve also got an early look at a revamped wallpaper picker for iOS 14, as revealed by @DongleBookPro on Twitter (a leaker with a fairly respectable track record when it comes to Apple reveals).

As well as showing off some new wallpaper designs for iOS 14, this time split up into separate categories for more straightforward browsing, the pictures also reveal more options for how wallpapers are applied.

You’ll be able to set wallpapers as dynamic, or as flat, or as a gradient, according to the screenshots. You’ll also be able to dim wallpapers when your phone’s in dark mode, something you can already do in iOS 13.

Apple hasn’t announced specific dates for WWDC 2020, or said exactly how the online format will work, but the event usually takes place in early June. As well as news on iOS 14, we should also hear about software updates to all Apple’s other products too.





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Best fitness games 2020: top exercise games to make you break a sweat


Exercise can be boring, so sometimes it’s nice to spice up your workout with a fitness game. The best fitness games have you breaking a sweat and feeling the burn, but most importantly they’re fun. 

Fitness games allow you to marry your gaming hobby with something that’s good for your health – which you may need to remind yourself when you’re in a sweaty pile on the floor afterwards.

So here are the best fitness games – old and new – that will get your heart rate up, improve your flexibility, help with strength training and even get you dancing like no one is watching.

Ring Fit Adventure

Ring Fit Adventure

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Ring Fit Adventure is marketed as a game first and exercise second, but it’ll certainly put you through your paces. 

The action-RPG game sees you squatting, crunching and downward-dogging your way to success, as you set out on a quest to defeat a hench, bodybuilding dragon called Dragaux. And that’s just the story mode, there are also plenty of mini-games and individual workouts to focus on specific parts of your body.

In order to play Ring Fit Adventure, you need the Ring Fit device (like a pilates ring), but this handily comes packaged with the game.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Peripherals needed: Ring Fit

Fitness Boxing

Nintendo Fitness Boxing

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If you don’t want to shell out for Ring Fit Adventure then Nintendo Fitness Boxing could be a good alternative. The Switch game offers you workouts overseen by a virtual trainer, where you use your Joy-Con motion controllers to perform punches and dodging maneuvers, with the difficulty increasing gradually over time. 

The game uses your weight and height to estimate your fitness age and calorie burn, setting the routine, length and intensity of these workouts based on this, however these can be adjusted if you’re not happy. It’s a great workout for those who want a fairly-straightforward boxing workout without all the bells and whistles.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Peripherals needed: None

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Beat Saber

Beat Saber

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Beat Saber isn’t marketed as a fitness game – but it sure should be. The VR rhythm game sees you ducking and dodging while swinging your arms to slice the blocks flying your way – all to some amazing tunes. It’s one of the best VR games on the market for a reason.

The beauty of Beat Saber is that you don’t really notice the physical exertion you’re putting into it because it’s so much fun – but you’ll certainly feel it tomorrow.

Platforms: PS4 and PC

Peripherals needed: Supported VR headset required. Tracked Motion Controllers also required – these depend on platform you’re playing on.

Zumba: Burn It Up

Zumba: Burn It Up

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Yet another fitness game offering from Nintendo, Zumba: Burn It Up is the newest addition to the Zumba video game series. Burn It Up essentially offers you a private Zumba lesson in your home, with 30 high-energy classes to get your heart-pumping and some great tunes for you to shake your hips to.

It’s an official Zumba product that features real-life instructors, so you know it’s legit. Plus, you can get up to three friends to join you for the tortur- sorry, fun. 

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Peripherals needed: None

Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus

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Now, we know what you’re going to say: “Wii Fit is old”. Well, actually, we’ve included some older fitness games on this list because you may want to drag your old consoles out of the closet, brush off the dust and get your fill of exercise – without having to pay out for the latest game and its peripherals. 

Wii Fit Plus is the enhanced version of Wii Fit, offering Wii Fit’s original games alongside a bunch of ‘new’ games that help you work on aerobics, strength, balance and yoga. You can play these games, create your own fitness regimes or take part in specialized routines – and what’s more, there are some multiplayer activities that allow you to play (and workout) with friends.

Wii Fit Plus is a classic and, even if you don’t already have one, you can pick up a Wii Fit Balance Board for pretty cheap nowadays. 

Platforms: Wii

Peripherals needed: Wii Balance Board



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How to watch the Queen’s Coronavirus speech online for free: stream from UK or abroad


At this time of national (and, of course, international) crisis, it’s only natural that the Queen should speak to the people in a special address. It’s only the fourth such time that she has done so in almost 70 years on the throne. Want to watch the Queen’s Coronavirus speech online? Read on to find out everything you’ll need to know.

Watch the Queen’s speech online: when’s it on?

The date and time of the Queen’s Coronavirus address is 8pm BST on Sunday, April 5. So that’s 3pm ET, midday PT and 5am AEST in the early hours of Monday Down Under.

As for where to watch it in the UK, you have some choice. As well as television and radio, it will also be streamed on the Royal Family’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Drastic times call for drastic measures, and the words of the 93-year old head of state will no doubt be of comfort to many. Whether it will be in the form of morale-boosting encouragement for key workers and the NHS, or as a stern warning for every member of the public to play their part in flattening the curve of the outbreak, the Queen’s address will likely have a committed global audience – much like her annual Christmas speech.

The address will be a recorded broadcast from Windsor Castle where the Queen has been residing since March 19. It’s the first ad-hoc speech of this kind since the Queen Mother’s death in 2002. She also gave similar addresses in light of Princess Diana’s tragic death and during the first Gulf War.

Want to tune in? We’ve listed everything you need to know to watch the Queen’s Coronavirus speech online below – no matter where in the world you are.


How to watch the Queen’s speech online for free in the UK:

The pre-recorded Queen’s Speech will be broadcast on Sunday, April 5. The time to watch is 8pm, with the speech likely to last no more than about 10 minutes.

You have a few choices for which channel to head to. It will air simultaneously on multiple TV channels. Rather watch it online? It will be available on the TVPlayer service, which hosts all of the UK’s Freeview channels in one place.

And because of the magnitude of this address, it is also to be made available on each of the Royal Family’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. So it should be really easy to see, as long as you have a TV signal, radio or the internet. 


Stream Queen’s speech from anywhere else in the world

If you happen to be somewhere in the world at the moment that won’t be showing the speech, and blocks the above social media services, then you’re a little bit stuck. The only option we can think of is to use a VPN, which allows you to alter your IP address to somewhere in another location (like the UK) and make it look like you’re watching from there.

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. So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and if you click here you can get 49% off and 3 months free, too.

Once installed, simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select anywhere in the UK – it’s super easy to do. Then head on over to the TVPlayer.com service or one of the Royal Family social media pages, the best free and legal way to stream the whole speech.





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iOS 14 release date, devices and rumors



Even if the iOS 14 release date is still very far off given we’re still enjoying the last big iPhone operating system update, iOS 13, the next one is coming later this year – and we’re very curious what iOS 14 features are headed our way. 

True, Apple hasn’t released anything remotely official that’s come out about iOS 14. But given what was left out this time around – and what new technology could be coming in the iPhone 12 – we can make some educated guesses about what’s coming in the next big iOS update.

Some of these are obvious, like support for 5G should Apple finally decide to release a 5G iPhone that works with the next-gen phone networks. If there’s somehow an Apple foldable, well, iOS 14 will have software to make that work, too.

Other iOS 14 features take a little bit of speculative leaps to imagine which tweaks Apple might make in its continual improvements on its iPhone operating system. 

Update: The latest rumor suggests that iOS 14 will have a redesigned app switcher and Home screen widgets. Plus, we’ve also heard that iOS 14 may be compatible with every iPhone that can currently run iOS 13 – in other words, the iPhone 6S or iPhone SE and newer.

iOS 14 release date and beta schedule

Given last year’s big iOS updates came out on September 19, one day before this year’s new iPhone line, we’re guessing that iOS 14 will launch in late September 2020. That will be just in time for the launch of the iPhone 12, which will be the first phones to get the next iOS. 

Assuming Apple follows prior years, it will likely unveil iOS 14 at its annual WWDC conference – WWDC 2020 will likely be in early May – and open the initial developer beta the same day. The first public beta will follow later in the month, and will accordingly get new betas after the developer versions.

iOS 14 compatibility

While Apple didn’t leave any phones behind when it introduced iOS 12, the most recent jump to iOS 13 made up for it by stranding two generations of iPhone handsets – anything older than the iPhone 6S or iPhone SE. It’s unclear what kind of new features require Apple to raise the threshold for which iOS phones will be able to download the new version of iOS, so it’s all speculation whether a generation of older iPhones won’t be able to install iOS 14. 

We’ll almost surely know which iPhones won’t be able to upgrade when Apple launches the first iOS 14 betas. For now, our best guess is that the iPhone 7 will be the cut-off point, with the big question being: will iPhone SE get the iOS 14 update? 

All the hubbub of an iPhone SE 2 launching in March 2020 lead us to think it won’t, but another rumor suggests Apple is thinking of keeping support for the iPhone 6S and SE or newer. It’s always possible that Apple changes its mind in the next few months, of course.

iOS 14: rumors and predictions

iOS 14 could usher in the 5G iPhone era

This might be the easiest feature to guess Apple will bring to the operating system in 2020. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with other 5G phones, this feature can’t be retroactively applied to older iPhones – hooking up to 5G networks requires a particular type of modem and compatible processors. Only the newest phones with the latest top-tier chipsets and modems have been capable of harnessing 5G.

iOS 14 could spill support for Apple AR glasses

Apple is planning to release AR glasses sometime in 2020 alongside a 5G iPhone, according to a Bloomberg report. These would initially serve as an iPhone accessory running through iOS to display text messages and map directions, though that could grow over time to run their own proprietary apps from a dedicated AR glasses store – and perhaps become a standalone successor to the iPhone itself.

Before that happens, though, Apple’s AR glasses would need a killer app as its raison d’etre – or rather, reason for buying, as the lukewarm reception to Google Glasses and even Snapchat Spectacles 2 can tell us. Heck, even Amazon is couching its new Amazon Echo Frames behind an experimental product line to soften any hype. 

But given the years of experience developers have had with Apple’s ARKit, it wouldn’t be surprising if 2020 was the year we see Apple branch out to smart spectacles – and iOS 14 could support it. 

iOS and iPadOS support widgets up to a point, but based on early code snippets it looks like you might be able to add widgets to your Home screens in iOS 14 as well. At the moment though, sources say the feature could be still be scrapped.

Other leaks suggest that more wallpaper options will be added in iOS 14 as well, so you’ll be able to add dynamic, flat and gradient options. We’ve also seen a sneak peek at what some of the new wallpapers in iOS 14 will look like.

iOS 14 could have a new app switcher

A leaked video (below) supposedly shows an internal build of iOS 14, and as you can see it sports a new app switcher layout that’s similar to the one on iPadOS.

Rather than the current switcher that fans apps out like a deck of cards, this one shows four per screen with a smaller image of each. There’s also (as part of the leak but not in the video) the suggestion that users might be able to choose between these two layouts, among others.

However, we’d take all of this with a pinch of salt. The leak might not be genuine and even if it is, the presence of a feature in an internal build doesn’t mean it will be available in the finished version – Apple might just be trying it out.

iOS 14 what we want to see

Smart composition

These days, everyone’s doing business on their phones, including sending emails at all hours. So why can’t we insert links into text in iOS’ Mail client? Or in third-party mail clients like Gmail?

This isn’t just a convenience issue – inserting links just looks more professional. When responding to clients or simply wanting to save space it would be great to give the impression that we’re responding from desks – and not filling our messages with eyesores like full links. 

Smarter spam calls filter

While iOS 13 introduced the capability to detect and block spam phone calls, it isn’t too smart. Silence Unknown Callers, as it’s termed, does exactly that – completely blocking any number not from your contact list and sending it straight to voicemail. That’s a good start, but a bit of a strong measure that isn’t too useful for folks with incoming calls from new business contacts or Tinder dates.

Instead, it would be great to see smarter alerts that indicate probable spam calls, as some carriers have started doing and some third-party App Store apps do – for a price. Then it would be nice to have different levels of filtering – light blocking for only the most obvious spam numbers all the way up to aggressive filtering of any call that even has a chance of being a scam.

Foldables support

This is a bit of a stretch since we haven’t heard anything about a foldable iPhone. Oh, Apple is almost surely experimenting with the tech deep in its R&D labs, but without a planned model in the works, it’s unlikely iOS 14 will go to the effort of supporting foldables.

This is in stark contrast with Android, which introduced foldables support with Android 10 just in time for the Samsung Galaxy Fold public release. Apple is on its own timeline, and there’s no rush to add the capability in its operating system before they have a model on the way.



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Best fitness tracker 2020: the top 10 activity bands on the planet


If you’re after the best fitness tracker as we enter a fresh new year, then you’re in luck: we’ve got all the best fitness wearables rounded up here, all of them able to help you get the data you need to stick to your resolutions.

Think of these options like an electronic watchdog for your health, putting a finger on your pulse, constantly measuring your vitals, checking your quality of sleep, counting your steps and (most of the time) even more. 

Some folks even call them smart bracelets, mostly because activity bands now look as good as traditional jewelry, but they’re also so light you’ll barely notice them on your wrist.

Before you go any further, know that we aren’t evaluating all the highest-end tech wristwear in this list. For that you’ll want our best smartwatch guide, which includes top-end products like the Apple Watch 5, Fossil Sport and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. 

You also won’t find the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Versa or Fitbit Versa Lite here either, which, despite their brand name, are all smartwatches and are priced accordingly – although they do feature on our best Fitbit guide.

Right now this guide is designed to show you the best of the best that your money will get you. We’ll show you how each ranks in terms of stand-out features, specs, price, design, the quality of the software you’ll be using on your phone and much more.  

Fitbit Charge 3

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1. Fitbit Charge 3

Take charge of your fitness with the best tracker

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: Six days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Light design

Big screen

No onboard GPS

Not a color screen

More refined than the Fitbit Charge 2, the Charge 3 is one of the company’s most accomplished devices. It has a more lightweight design than the last-gen, and it looks better on your wrist. It’s our number one all-round fitness tracker since the price has dropped slightly recently, and it offers a lot of insight into your overall health.

The display is bigger and clearer than a lot of other fitness trackers on this list, but it’s still a black and white screen.

There’s no onboard GPS, like some other trackers on this list have, but it’s waterproof and offers a full fitness suite including a heart rate tracker. You can track GPS by pairing your phone with the tracker too.

You have to spend a bit extra on this than other fitness trackers you can buy in this same list, but if you enjoy the whole Fitbit app and experience and would also like access to notifications and Fitbit’s fantastic sleep tracking, you’ll want to opt for this as it’s one of the company’s best trackers ever.

Read our Fitbit Charge 3 review

Garmin Vivosmart 4

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2. Garmin Vivosmart 4

It tells you how much energy you do (or don’t) have

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Slim design

Long-lasting battery

Small screen

No GPS

Our highest ranked Garmin product in the best fitness tracker list is also one of the most accomplished in its range of health bands.

This device isn’t made for serious athletes like a variety of other products from the Garmin brand, but instead this is for those who want to be able to track the odd bit of exercise and have an attractive band to do it.

The screen is bigger on this version than other Garmin products, and it has a battery that should last you around a week depending on how much exercise you’ll be doing.

There’s also an innovative feature called body battery that helps you learn when exactly is the best time to exercise depending on how much energy you have. This is great for those who are just as interested in their recovery and general wellbeing as they are clocking up the miles. 

Read the full Garmin Vivosmart 4 review

Huawei Band 3 Pro

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3. Huawei Band 3 Pro

Both style and substance on a budget

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 14 days standby | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Great battery life

Good looking color screen

GPS can be slow to lock

No ‘breathing’ feature

Taking over from the Huawei Band 2 Pro is the Huawei Band 3 Pro. This is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy if you’re on a strict budget, and it has some amazing features considering how much it costs.

The Band 3 Pro comes with GPS onboard, it has a water resistant design (which means you can take it swimming) and there’s a 0.95-inch color screen to display all of your stats on your wrist.

We’ve found the heart rate monitor to be accurate, and while the GPS could be quicker at locking on we also found it to be precise. If you’re looking for an affordable entry-level device for your first foray into the world of fitness tracking, this is a great place to start.

Read our Huawei Band 3 Pro review

Fitbit Inspire HR

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4. Fitbit Inspire HR

Inspiration to get off the sofa

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Premium design

Lots of tracked metrics

Lacks swim tracking

No contactless payments

This isn’t the most capable fitness tracker in our best of list, but it does a lot considering its price and you’ll get access to all of Fitbit’s top-end services. 

The Fitbit Inspire HR unsurprisingly offers a heart rate tracker alongside a variety of other fitness tracking capabilities. 

It isn’t as capable as the Fitbit Charge 3 as it lacks swim tracking or Fitbit Pay integration, but that’s understandable as this is much cheaper.

It features a slimmer and more comfortable design than a lot of other trackers you can buy, so if you’re after a Fitbit that won’t be heavy on your wrist you may want to consider the Inspire HR as your next fitness band.

Read the full Fitbit Inspire HR review

Garmin Vivosport

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5. Garmin Vivosport

Screen: Yes, color touchscreen | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Water-resistant | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Small for GPS tracker

Good battery life

Bland design

No swim modes

It’s not as stylish as most of the Fitbit products, but there’s a reason the Garmin Vivosport appears in this list before products from the latter company. 

This is cheaper than most Fitbit products and it comes with GPS built-in too. We found the Vivosport offers a solid seven days battery life from a single charge, even when using the GPS features.

Although it’s waterproof, it won’t track your swimming easily but the Vivosport excels for other kinds of workouts and is great for tracking your jogging and cycling. Plus we found the heart rate tracker to be accurate too.

Read our full Garmin Vivosport review

Honor Band 5

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6. Honor Band 5

One of the cheapest options on the list

Screen: Yes, color touchscreen | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Decent sleep tracking

Affordable price

Notifications temperamental

Screen sometimes unresponsive

The Honor Band 5 was a serious step up from the Band 4, with improved fitness features in many areas, as well as a color touchscreen to view all your information on.

One of the most useful features is the sleep tracking, that gives you advice to maximise your sleep time, as well as simply monitoring it like many other fitness trackers do.

The Honor Band 5 is also one of the most affordable fitness trackers on the market, so if you want an exercise monitor or sleep counter that isn’t also a bank-breaker, this is where to look.

Read our full Honor Band 5 review

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

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7. Xiaomi Mi Band 4

Xiaomi’s budget fitness tracker

Screen: Yes, color touchscreen | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Connected GPS | Battery life: 20 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Very cheap

Slimline design

Doesn’t auto-stop tracking

Only connected GPS

The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is run-of-the-mill affordable fitness tracker, in that it has a slimline design, a smallish color screen with a capacitive button, and a selection of workouts to track. 

It has a few great perks for fitness buffs though, like its 20-day battery life, useful heart rate monitor and easy-to-view screen, so if you’re looking for a new heart rate monitor there are far worse devices you can buy.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review

Amazfit Bip

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8. Amazfit Bip

Looks like a smartwatch, but it’s more fitness tracker

Screen: Yes, black and white | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 1 month | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Stylish design

Excellent companion app

Auto-pause feature doesn’t work

Finicky UI

This may look more like a smartwatch than any of the other devices on this list, but as it runs its own software and has a very big focus on fitness we’ve decided to include it in our list of the best fitness trackers.

The Amazfit Bip design has been influenced by the Apple Watch (there’s no denying that) and it comes packed with tons of features including GPS, an accurate heart rate tracker, multi-sport tracking, sleep tracking and VO2 Max features too.

If you’re looking for a more watch-like design than everything else on this list, the Bip will be up your street. It’s lightweight too and other highlights include the always-on display and strong battery life that should last around a month depending on your usage. 

Read the full Amazfit Bip review

Garmin Vivofit 4

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9. Garmin Vivofit 4

Screen: Yes, color LCD | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: Water-resistant | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 1 year | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Super-long battery life

Small but color display

No GPS or heart rate

No phone notifications

The Garmin Vivofit 4 is one of the best fitness trackers the company has ever created, and that now means it sits in this prestigious list alongside some other fantastic tracking products.

We particularly like the super-long battery life of the Vivofit 4, which means you won’t need to recharge your device for a whole year. That means you can wear it all day, then all night for sleep tracking and not have to worry about recharging it.

You’ll miss out on phone notifications by buying this tracker, but you do get the benefit of an always-on color display, accurate fitness tracking features – just note these are more limited than some other trackers on this list – as well as access to an in-depth app to break down your stats on your smartphone.

Read the full Garmin Vivofit 4 review

Honor Band 5 Sport

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10. Honor Band 5 Sport

Screen: Yes, black and white | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 14 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Granular running data

Long battery life

Basic screen

No heart rate tracking or GPS

You’ve read about the Honor Band 5 above in this list, but this version of the tracker is even cheaper than the device above. It comes with a slightly cheaper looking design and missing a few features to make up for it.

There’s no heart rate tracking or GPS tech here, but it’s far cheaper than a lot of the other trackers you’ll find on this list.

We found the running data to be useful on this tracker, plus the battery life can last for up to two weeks from a single charge allowing you to pump it up once and forget all about it.

Read our full Honor Band 5 Sport review

Best fitness tracker at a glance

  1. Fitbit Charge
  2. Garmin Vivosmart 4
  3. Huawei Band 4 Pro
  4. Fitbit Inspire HR
  5. Garmin Vivosport
  6. Honor Band 5
  7. Xiaomi Mi Band 4
  8. Amazfit Bip
  9. Garmin Vivofit 4
  10. Honor Band 5 Sport



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Best TV 2020: the 8 best flatscreen televisions from the past year


The best TVs of 2020 are truly a sight to behold. Offering the best picture processing, connectivity, smart platforms, format support, build and design, these are the sets that were unrivalled throughout the past year – or, rivalled only by each other.

There are a huge number of televisions entering the market each year, all of them vying for your attention, and your cash. That’s why we’ve brought together our pick of the best TVs for 2020, for a range of panel technologies like QLED and OLED, and the best affordable models among the truly high-range displays out there.

We realise 2020 is still getting underway, and there will no doubt be sets in the near future replacing some of the models on this list – still largely from 2019 – so make sure you check back in the coming weeks to see what else knocks this big-hitting televisions from their perch. CES 2020 will certainly have surprises for us, too.

The most important thing to remember is that all of these sets were elevated by their impressive performance, but that not all of them may be the best TV for your own home. Making sure you’re buying a set with the right sizing for your home, and capabilities for your needs, is the next step after landing on this guide.

If you’re feeling confused, our guide to the best TVs available will help you separate bargain-buy panels from the best 4K screens, and which sets are worth connecting to that 4K Blu-ray player you’ve been eyeing up. We’ll help you find an awesome flatscreen without wasting hours of research comparing spec sheets.

You can also check out our best 4K TVs guide, or just the cheapest 4K TV prices for a truly bargain deal. But, if you’re looking for the best-of-the-best TV out there today without limits or stipulations, this is the place for you. 

“So, should I buy a TV now or wait it out?”

This is a question we’re asked a lot. Like most technology, TVs are getting incrementally better all the time – which means, yes, if you wait a year there will probably be a bigger, flashier TV out there for less money. 

But, that said, there has recently been a huge flurry of progress as manufacturers have rushed to embrace new display standards including Ultra HD, Wide Colour Gamut and HDR. 

The majority of smart TV manufacturers now support these next generation of features, but you’ll have to check the small print in a few cases. 

So long as your next TV purchase supports these technologies (looking for an Ultra HD Premium certification is a good way to go), we reckon you won’t be kicking yourself in six months’ time when the next batch of sets arrive.

If you do want to future-proof against the next wave of hardware specifications, though, the new HDMI 2.1 standard is going to prove crucial for serious gaming setups: allowing support for 8K resolution at 60 frames per second, 4K at 120, alongside a range of new gaming features that will be supported over HDMI. But unless you’re seriously into your gaming then we reckon you’re safe making a purchase now.

  • Want better audio? Check out our guide to the best soundbars available.
  • Once you’ve decided on a panel, make sure you read our guide on to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

The best TVs of 2020

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1. LG C9 OLED Series (2019)

The smartest TV on the planet?

55-inch: LG OLED55C8 | 65-inch: LG OLED65C8

Dolby Vision and Atmos

AI-enhanced smart platform

Lacks brightness vs LCD

Weaker speakers compared to higher end LG OLEDs

Replacing the LG C8 model from last year, the LG C9 OLED is a stunning evolution of the TV-maker’s OLED technology. 

Combining a stunning display with an immense amount of features and formats – with LG’s brilliant webOS smart platform – this is undoubtedly one of the best 4K TVs ever made. There aren’t huge differences with last year’s model, but the addition of the 2nd Gen a9 processor means the picture processing is truly top-notch.

While it’s not as bright as an LCD TV, those deep blacks make a huge difference to the dynamic range of the image. It’s also capable of vibrant and gorgeous colours, not to mention an astounding level of detail with native 4K content.

There are more expensive LG models in the range: notable the W9 and E9 OLEDs, though you’re mainly paying for the fancier form factor and bigger audio output. For an OLED TV this year – or any TV, really – that performs for the price, you should really be considering the C9.

Read the full review: LG C9 OLED (OLED55C9, OLED65C9, OLED77C9)

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2. Samsung Q900R QLED TV (2019)

An 8K LCD-LED TV for the history books

65-inch: Samsung QE65Q900RATXXU | 75-inch: Samsung QE75Q900RATXXU | 85-inch: Samsung QE85Q900RATXXU

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3. Samsung QLED Q9F (2017)

Getting the hots for metal Quantum Dots

75-inch: Samsung QE75Q9F | 65-inch: Samsung QE65Q9F

Unprecedented colour levels

Ultra high brightness

Occasional backlight clouding

Limited viewing angles

It looks like someone on Samsung’s TV design team has been watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 65-inch Q9 is a ringer for that film’s mysterious black monolith thanks to the way both its front and back sides are completely flat and feature ultra-robust, polished finishes. Ultra HD HDR playback is what the Q9F was created to do and, given Samsung’s potent HDR track record, it’s no surprise to find that it does it supremely well. Even though the Q9F has 4K HDR optimisation in its DNA, it’s capable of looking seriously good with high definition standard dynamic range content too.

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4. Sony XBR-X930E Series (2017)

Sony turns to the bright side using its Slim Backlight Drive

65-inch: Sony XBR-65X930E | 55-inch: Sony XBR-55X930E

Blisteringly bright HDR images

Stunningly rich colors

Android TV is cumbersome

Runs sluggishly at times

The X930E Series builds on last year’s X930D series in a few important ways, the first of which is by including one of Sony’s new X1 Extreme chipsets. These are around 40% more powerful than the original X1 chips, and introduce separate databases to help the TV analyze noise and upscale sub-4K sources to the screen’s native 4K resolution. Add in an apparently much-improved sound system and Sony’s Triluminos technology for delivering today’s wider color ranges and the X930E series seems to tick all the right boxes. 

Unfortunately, though, even an improved version of Sony’s Slim Backlight Drive can’t completely hide the fact that with current edge LED technology there’s always a backlight-based price to pay for all that HDR-sating brightness. 

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5. Samsung Q90 QLED TV (2019)

The best TV ever? Could be!

6. Sony Bravia A1 OLED

Sony’s brand-new TV for 2017 is returning to OLED

65-inch: Sony Bravia 65A1E | 55-inch: Sony Bravia 55A1E



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Xiaomi Mi 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S20


The Xiaomi Mi 10 is a more affordable flagship than the Samsung Galaxy S20, but it has many similar features. In fact, in some ways it’s even gunning for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

But as impressive as it is in many ways, it doesn’t match the Galaxy S20 in all areas. So to help you get to grips with how these two 2020 flagships compare, we’ve put them head-to-head.



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Intel Core i9-10900K, Core i7-10700K and Core i5-10600K marketing slides surface online

In brief: Intel’s upcoming 10th generation Comet Lake-S CPUs are reportedly coming at the end of this month, and judging by several leaked promotional slides, they should be the best Skylake refinement the company can make before moving on to a new architecture step on its desktop CPUs.

This past week Intel unveiled the 10th generation, Comet Lake H-series CPUs for high-end laptops, sparking gamers and creators’ enthusiasm with potent silicon that breaks the 5 GHz speed barrier inside a 45 W thermal envelope.

Of course, people have also been waiting for a while now to see the desktop variants in all their glory. After all, these will require new motherboards with LGA 1200 sockets, so everyone wants to know if they’re worth upgrading to.

The new processors are reportedly slated for an April 30 announcement, and the marketing materials have already leaked online.

As expected, the i9-10900K seems to be a 10-core processor with a base clock of 3.7 Ghz and the ability to boost up to 5.3 Ghz using Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) technology. This appears to be an exclusive feature of all 10th generation i9 variants. The i9-10900K is expected to have a TDP of 125W, and TVB will only kick in for short, burst workloads, and only when temperature and power budget allow for it.

Based on various benchmarks that have surfaced over the last few months, the i9-10900K is expected to be quite a bit faster than an i9-9900K (up to 30% in some scenarios). Leaks hint that it could be faster than AMD’s Ryzen 3700X but also a tad slower than an R9 3900X.

Power efficiency won’t be a strong point for the i9-10900K (which remains a 14nm part), which means Intel will have to play with pricing to get a winning formula against losing more market share to AMD. The latter is expected to unveil its Zen 3 CPU lineup in the second half of this year, and those will be improvements on 7nm, Zen 2 CPUs, which are already proving to be a better deal.

The i7-10700K will be an 8-core CPU with a base frequency of 3.8 GHz that will only go up to 5.1 GHz, but it won’t support Thermal Velocity Boost. Contrast that with mobile Comet Lake i7 parts which do get support for TVB, and you’d think that Intel forgot to add that in for the desktop part. However, even on high-end laptops that will feature the best possible cooling solution, the desktop i7-10700K with the standard, Turbo Boost 3.0 will likely be able to sustain all-core boost clocks for much longer than say, the i7-10875H with TVB.

The i5-10600K will be a 6-core CPU with a moderately higher base clock of 4.1 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 4.8 Ghz. All three Comet Lake-S unlocked CPUs will come in two versions, one with a recycled Intel UHD 620 iGPU (rebranded to UHD 630 and running at slightly higher clocks), and a KF series without an iGPU.

At this point, pricing is everyone’s guess, and so is Intel’s ability to deliver these parts as originally planned, considering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on supply chains worldwide.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy Buds redesign ditches the earbud stems


A new leak suggests Samsung is busy working on some new earbuds to follow the Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Buds Plus – and based on the 3D renderings that have appeared, there are going to be big changes in the design.

The news and images come courtesy of WinFuture, and it seems the small stems on the current Galaxy Buds Plus are ditched in favor of a bean-like shape – and indeed the codename for the earbuds is rumored to be “Beans”.

WinFuture’s sources say the new Beans buds are 2.8 cm (1.1 inches) in length, so they should fit snugly in most ears. There are no silicone tips though, so any noise canceling tech might suffer as a result.

These earbuds are being tipped to come with two tiny loudspeakers embedded in them, which will produce better audio across the board. Microphones will again be included so you can make calls, get chatty with Bixby, and so on.

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No word yet on battery life, but WinFuture says the earbuds are at the first Engineering Validation Testing (EVT1) stage, and it’s apparently possible that they could appear alongside the Galaxy Note 20 later this year.

No word on pricing yet – the most recent Galaxy Buds Plus went on sale in March for $149.99 / £159 / AU$299, so expect something similar when the next earbuds arrive.

The truly wireless earbud market continues to get more and more competitive: it’s less than four years ago that the original Apple AirPods appeared on the scene, and since then we’ve seen an avalanche of similar products.

The next to appear could well be the upgraded Pixel Buds from Google, which are expected to be launched in the first half of 2020. It may well be Samsung’s new earbuds that win the award for most innovative design of the year, though.

Here’s our verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus



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Good news for Nvidia as gamers embrace RTX graphics cards according to Steam hardware survey



Nvidia’s GeForce RTX graphics cards appear to be benefiting from some serious fresh momentum, at least going by the results of the latest Steam hardware survey.

Valve’s survey shows that the top three graphics cards which made the most upward movement in terms of gaining market share for March 2020 were RTX models, led by the GeForce RTX 2060.

As you’re probably aware, that’s the most budget-friendly RTX graphics card, aimed at those who want dedicated ray tracing cores with a minimum of damage to their wallet. And in March, RTX 2060 adoption moved up to 2.71% according to Steam’s figures, representing a healthy increase of 0.53% on the previous month.

The second-biggest gainer was the RTX 2070 which moved up 0.33% to reach a 2.01% share of the GPU market, and that was followed by the newer RTX 2070 Super, the pepped-up version of the graphics card which increased adoption by 0.28% to reach 1.21%.

While those adoption figures might sound relatively small, we have to bear in mind that the GPU market is quite fragmented across a large number of different models, and in fact the RTX 2060 hitting 2.71% means it’s now the fifth most popular graphics card overall among the Steam gamers surveyed. It’s also more popular than any of the cheaper GTX Turing models (without ray tracing hardware acceleration) which are led by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in seventh place on 2.48%.

The most popular cards remain Nvidia’s previous-generation 10-series offerings, holding the top four spots, and being led by the GeForce GTX 1060 which is still used by 12.67% of Steam gamers (it was down a fraction – dropping 0.01% – in March). Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti is in second place on 8.81% (down a quarter of a percentage point), followed by the GTX 1050 on 5.42%, and then the GTX 1070 on 4.23%. The RTX 2060 is next in line.

No great surprise

Is this RTX success to be expected, though? Nvidia is clearly all-in on ray tracing, with next-gen RTX 3000 cards expected to make big advancements on this front, and they are expected to launch later in 2020, with price adjustments of existing RTX cards to doubtless follow.

Hopefully more affordable and better ray tracing should help push adoption even further, and of course there’s the small matter of the next-gen games consoles – the PS5 and Xbox Series X – also supporting ray-traced graphics. And of course AMD’s getting on board with its next Big Navi graphics cards powered by RDNA 2 also coming with hardware accelerated ray tracing.

So in short, the industry is clearly headed this way, so Nvidia’s current RTX cards gaining momentum really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Particularly as the RTX 2060 has already become more affordable…

As to AMD’s current performance in the Steam survey for March, the best placed Radeon graphics card doesn’t make the cut for the top 10. AMD’s Radeon RX 580 is in eleventh place with a 1.95% share, and you have to drop to nineteenth place to find the next AMD card, the RX 570 on 1.13%.

Valve’s gaming platform certainly paints a picture of Nvidia domination, although again that’s no surprise, as this has been echoed by figures we’ve been seeing from other sources including analyst firms for a good long time. For example, stats from Jon Peddie Research have recently shown Nvidia having a 73% market share when it comes to discrete GPUs (with AMD holding the remaining 27%, of course).

Via Notebookcheck.net



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