New national statistics report shows over 5m fraud and computer misuse offences in 2016

UK statistics cyber crime

New figures from the Office of National Statistic’s ‘Crime in England and Wales: year ending Sept 2016’ report, showed an estimated 6.2 million incidents of crime in 2016.

In addition to covering a wide variety of crimes, such as burglary and theft of vehicles, new for the 2016 results is the inclusion of statistics on fraud and computer misuse.

There were 3.6 million fraud and 2.0 million computer misuse offences for the first full year in which such questions have been included in the CSEW.

“The inclusion of these new offences yields a new headline estimate of 11.8 million incidents of crime covered by the survey, but it will be another year before a comparable time series is available,” the report stated.

“The new fraud and computer misuse estimation of 5.6 million offences highlights the challenge forces face to be better equipped to fight cyber enabled crime and the need for all of us to better protect ourselves,” said Andy Lea, Head of Policing at KPMG. “These figures also show the difficult decisions forces will need to make when prioritising their use of resources.”

Fraud and computer misuse details

The survey results show that adults aged 16 and over experienced an estimated 3.6 million incidents of fraud, with just over half of these (53%; 1.9 million incidents) being cyber-related.

The CSEW classifies a crime as being ‘cyber-related’ when the internet or any type of online activity was related to any aspect of the offence.

Key findings include:

  • The most common types of fraud experienced were “Bank and credit account” fraud (2.5 million incidents; 68% of the total).
  • “Non-investment” fraud – such as fraud related to online shopping or fraudulent computer service calls (0.9 million incidents; 26% of the total) was the second highest.
  • There were an estimated 2.0 million computer misuse incidents reported.
  • Around two-thirds (66%; 1.3 million incidents) of the computer misuse incidents were computer virus-related and around one-third (34%; 0.7 million incidents) were related to unauthorised access to personal information (including hacking).
cybercrime statistics
CSEW fraud and computer misuse – numbers of incidents for year ending September 2016 (Experimental Statistics).

Financial losses to victims

The report shows that, although a high number of cyber crimes were reported, in just under two-thirds of incidents resulting in financial loss, the victim lost less than £250 (61%).

Two-thirds of fraud incidents involved initial loss of money or goods to the victim (66%), independent of any reimbursement received. This equates to an estimated 2.4 million offences, compared with 1.2 million incidents of fraud involving no loss.

Incidents of bank and credit account fraud were more likely to result in initial loss to the victim (73%, equivalent to 1.8 million) than other types of fraud.

In the majority of these incidents, the victim received a full reimbursement, typically from their financial services provider (83%).

Traditional crime blurs into virtual crime

“We see a blurring between traditional, real world crime and virtual crime; criminals are happy to blend their techniques across the two and so ‘cyber’ can no longer be seen as a separate compartment of crime,” said David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

“It is important to note that an accurate year-on-year comparison from the ONS, to demonstrate the growth of fraudulent cybercrime, will not be possible until January 2018. However, we agree that bank and credit account fraud is one of the most problematic areas with the continuing rise of e-commerce,” Emm continued.

 

[Source:- softwaretestingnews]

 

No Man’s Sky Was One of Steam’s Best Selling Games of 2016

No Man’s Sky Was One of Steam’s Best Selling Games of 2016

Steam reveals its best selling games of 2016, with No Man’s Sky reaching the highest tier and beating out many of the year’s other top titles, despite its challenges.

As we enter the New Year, it’s fun to look back and think about our favorite games of the past year, and reminisce on the entertainment and enjoyment that accompanied those games. It’s also useful to consider the games that were most disappointing, especially those that garnered massive hype, only to let players down in a big way.

Interestingly, games from both ends of the spectrum in terms of quality and reception can find massive financial success. This is perfectly displayed in Steam’s best selling games list of 2016. Over on Steam’s Top 100 Best Sellers of 2016, players will see some of the year’s biggest titles, including Rocket League, Tom Clancy’s The Division, No Man’s Sky, DOOM, and many others.

One game that stands out due to its placement on the list is No Man’s Sky. The space exploration title was one of the most highly-anticipated titles for years while gamers anxiously awaited the game’s release. Unfortunately, No Man’s Sky became one of the most disappointing games in recent history, sparking a massive rush for refund requests and leading the game to receive an “Overwhelmingly Negative” status on Steam.

Yet despite its failings, it seems No Man’s Sky is still a commercial success for developer Hello Games, at least according to Steam’s list of best sellers. That said, many gamers will look to No Man’s Sky as a clear example for an argument against pre-ordering video games. All the hype and excitement around the game helped drive incredible pre-order and first-day sales, which is likely how the game made the “Platinum” level of best sellers on Steam.

Once players got a chance to try the game and discover it was severely lacking many features that were touted for the space sim, sales plummeted, and haven’t recovered. So while No Man’s Skymade strong initial sales, its shortcomings will undoubtedly affect any future sales, as well as upcoming titles from Hello Games.

Interestingly, many of the year’s hottest titles don’t rank very high on Steam’s best sellers list. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare barely scraped its way into the Bronze class, despite its position as a top selling game in November and December. Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Skyrim all made the Silver class, while DOOM and Stardew Valley both achieved Gold. Rocket League broke into the Platinum tier alongside No Man’s Sky.

The Division also reached the Platinum tier, despite its own challenges after launch. While the Ubisoft title experienced a boost toward the end of the year thanks to some much-needed updates and the release of a well-received expansion, it suffered months of player hemorrhaging over the summer, and currently sits at a “Mixed” position with player reviews on Steam.

It’ll be interesting to see how well this year’s lineup of games perform, especially 2017’s most highly-anticipated titles. Will players continue to pre-order, instead of wait to receive game reviews, or will they blindly move forward based on hype and marketing?

 

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

What’s moved money, oil and shares in 2016?

Pound sterling

Massive political events have made 2016 a standout year – what impact have these had on the pound, shares and the price of oil?

The pound

Sterling’s move this year has been dominated by the impact of the referendum.

Against the dollar it is down more than 15%.

Yes, there have been other factors at play. There always are many strands to what happens to financial market process. But the currency fell very sharply in the early hours of 24 June as it became clear which way the vote had gone.

Why a weaker currency? It’s partly about the Bank of England and its policies. The Bank’s governor Mark Carney had signalled strongly that he expected leaving the EU to lead to weaker economic growth.

The markets took that as meaning that there would be cuts in interest rates and perhaps a resumption of the Bank’s “quantitative easing” programme – buying financial assets with newly created money. The Bank duly met the market’s expectation in August.

Lower interest rates mean lower returns for investors in the currency where rates are reduced so its value tends to fall. QE has the same effect, partly because it also tends to drive down interest rates across the economy.

The decline against the dollar also reflects expectations about the US Central Bank moving in the opposite direction.

All year financial markets have been wondering when will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates again – after last year’s move, the first since 2008 at the depths of the financial crisis.

The Fed did eventually take action in December.

The EU referendum has also created uncertainty about the outlook for the British economy, though the most pessimistic expectations about the immediate aftermath of a no vote have been proved wrong. The uncertainty may also have contributed to the decline in the value of sterling.

Top 100 company shares

It has certainly helped the London stock market that the British economy has continued to grow reasonably well this year.

But the fall in sterling was also an important factor supporting shares. It does make it easier for exporters to compete internationally.

For some, the biggest companies on the market there is another advantage. Many of them – miners and oil producers for example – earn a lot of revenue in foreign currency especially dollars.

The fall in sterling means that is worth more when converted into pounds, boosting both the profits and share price of the companies concerned.

So we had a strong gain, 14%, in the FTSE 100 share index. The less international 250 index – gained a more modest 3%.

Oil

The price of crude oil is now about double the low it reached in January. The market has been driven to a large extent by the rather laborious return to the stage of OPEC, group that includes most of the leading oil exporters.

Often in the past a fall in the price of oil led to an OPEC attempt to reverse the development by agreeing to cut production – though it’s another question how effectively the member countries would implement any such deal.

The fall that began in mid-2014 met no immediate response. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest player, was thought to welcome the pressure that falling prices put on shale oil producers in the United States.

The Saudis also wanted a bigger contribution from other OPEC countries, notably Iran. Eventually though, the response came.

In September the group agreed in principle to act and then in November a new production ceiling was agreed with some non-OPEC members agreeing to take part.

The result: oil prices are still around half the June 2014 level, but a lot healthier for oil exporters than there were a few months ago.

Gold, still golden?

The precious metal is ending the year with a price rise of about 9%.

But it was a lot higher mid-year – more than a third higher than at the start of 2016.

Earlier in the year, things in the US looked rather different.

Expectations of an interest rate rise receded and some even wondered if the Fed might join the European and Japanese move towards negative rates.

The prospect that investors might have had to pay to keep money on deposit made gold look more attractive.

As the US economy gathered some strength later in the year that concern receded and the gold price turned down.

Far from going down, US rates were eventually increased.

Traditionally gold has been seen as an investment offering protection against inflation.

Since Donald Trump won the US Presidential election markets have thought there might be more inflation coming as he seeks to boost the economy with tax cuts and perhaps spending on infrastructure.

The gold price has moved up moderately in the last couple of weeks, though if it was a response to the election it was a delayed one.

In any event inflation in many developed economies is gradually picking up a little from very low levels.

So perhaps that suggests there is more room for gold to gain too if some investors think they want an anti-inflation hedge.

 

 
[Source:- BBC]

Browser Election 2016: Chrome leads by landslide

Google Chrome, photo by Isaac Bowen [ HOLD - CW August 2016 ]

Chrome reached a major milestone last month when it was used by more than half of those browsing from a personal computer, data published Monday showed.

According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, Chrome’s user share grew by more than 2 percentage points in July, the fourth time in the last six months that its gains were of that size, to end the month at 51%.

In the last 12 months, Chrome has added 23.1 percentage points to its user share, starting that stretch with less than 30% and ending by owning a majority of the worldwide desktop browser market. Only two browsers have controlled more than half of the global browser share this century: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), which held a majority until December 2015, and now Chrome.

As throughout 2016, most of Chrome’s July gains came at the expense of Microsoft’s browsers. IE and the newer Edge collectively lost 2.1 percentage points, dropping to 34.7%, a record low. Apple’s Safari shed one-tenth of a point, falling to 4.5%, its lowest level since November 2015.

Mozilla’s Firefox recovered a small slice of the user share it has lost in the past year, climbing one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.1% during July. Firefox fell under 10% in May and has not seen that mark since.

But the browser story for July was the continued ascent of Chrome.

Since the beginning of the year, Chrome has added 18.6 percentage points of user share. The boost was essentially a gift from Microsoft, which in January demanded that IE users upgrade to the newest version available for their edition of Windows, and at the same time dropped all client-OS support for 2009’s IE8 and 2012’s IE10. The mandate required most customers to upgrade to IE11.

Faced with Microsoft’s requirement, many rethought their choice of browsers instead. The unexpected result: Millions abandoned IE and switched to Chrome.

Although Microsoft may have expected Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, to collect users as they migrated to the new operating system, that has not happened. July’s data from Net Applications showed that only 24% of all Windows 10 users ran Edge, a decline from 36% the year before.

 
[Source: CW]

Apple Q3 2016 financial results | Apple earnings report: iPhone and Mac sales fall, overall revenue down, but Tim Cook talks up ‘encouraging signs’

Apple announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (the three months ended 25 June 2016) on Tuesday 26 July. Here, you’ll find out how many iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches Apple sold during the past few months, how to listen again to Apple’s earnings call, and what the numbers mean – for you, for Apple’s product portfolio, and for Apple’s corporate health

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Summary

For Q3 2016, the quarter ended June 2016, Apple reports:

  • Quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion, compared to revenue of $49.6 billion in the equivalent quarter a year ago.
  • Quarterly net income (profit) of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared to profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share a year ago
  • Gross margin of 38 percent, compared to 39.7 percent a year ago
  • International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
  • Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.57 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on 11 August.

Not brilliant numbers, in other words, even though (as we’ll see in the next section) Apple predicted this a while ago. And Tim Cook said the results were “way better than we expected from so many different points of view”.

Cook went on to argue that there were “encouraging signs” and offered some explanations for the dip in revenues overall and in many key product areas, including the economic slowdown in China, a key growth market for Apple.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Podcast discussion

The UK Tech Weekly Podcast team discuss Apple’s latest financial results – among other things – in their 25th episode, embedded below. The Apple earnings section starts at the 26-minute mark.

The UK Tech Weekly Podcast comes out every Friday. Follow them on Twitter for links to new episodes.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How does this compare with Apple’s predictions?

It’s about what was expected. While posting Apple’s Q2 results back in April, Tim Cook offered the following guidance for Q3:

  • Revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion
  • Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent
  • Operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion
  • Other income (expense) of $300 million
  • Tax rate of 25.5 percent

In other words, as Cook pointed out in this quarter’s earnings call, Apple performed near the top of its expectations.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many iPhones did Apple sell?

Apple sold 40.4 million iPhone units in Q3, generating revenue of $24bn. That compares to 47.5 million units in Q3 last year for a revenue of $31.4bn: the iPhone’s performance is down 14.9 percent in terms of unit sales and down 23.6 percent in terms of revenue.

Apple financial results: How many iPhones did Apple sell?

The iPhone is by far the most important and valuable product in Apple’s portfolio, and it’s worrying for Apple shareholders that the meteoric rise in iPhone sales appears to have peaked. Particularly worrying since these lower numbers take into account the launch of a new iPhone (the iPhone SE), while Q3 2015 did not.

But Tim Cook was keen to emphasise that the iPhone SE is doing well, and that customers who are new to the iPhone ecosystem account for a very high proportion of buyers: Apple has added millions of first-time smartphone buyers to its ecosystem, Cook stated. “Switchers accounted for the highest percentage of quarterly iPhone buyers we’ve ever measured,” he said.

Cook added that the active iPhone install base “is up, double digits, year over year”.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many iPads did Apple sell?

iPads sales have looked stagnant in recent years, but Q3 was a little brighter for Apple’s tablet division. Cook called it “our best iPad compare in 10 quarters”.

Apple sold 10 million iPad units in Q3. That’s a drop of 9 percent compared to Q3 2015 – when Apple shifted 10.9 million iPads – but because of the higher unit price of the new iPad Pro, Apple actually made more money this time round. iPad revenue in Q3 was $4.9bn, up 7.4 percent on the $4.5bn made by the iPad department a year ago.

Cook said that roughly half of iPad Pro purchasers are buying them for work, which bodes well for its future as a business device and laptop replacement.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many Macs did Apple sell?

Apple sold 4.3 million Macs in Q3, generating revenue of $5.2bn. That compares unfavourably to 4.8 million units in Q3 last year for a revenue of $6bn.

Apple financial results: How many Macs did Apple sell?

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: How many Apple Watches did Apple sell?

We don’t know for sure, since Apple continues to fold Apple Watch sales into its Other Products category, which we report on in a later section. (Of course, this does tell us that the absolute maximum revenue Apple can have made from the Apple Watch this quarter is a pretty minor $2.2bn, and that the true figure is presumably considerably lower than this.)

According to research from IDC, Apple sold 1.6 million units of the Apple Watch in Q2 2016, which corresponds to Apple’s fiscal Q3. That would generate revenue of at least $478m, based on the cheapest available model.

Tim Cook put a positive gloss on all this by pointing out that “Apple Watch continues to be the best-selling smartwatch in the world”, but that isn’t saying much right now. The same piece of IDC research cited above suggests the smartwatch market is in a bit of a slump, with shipments down 32 percent year on year.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Services

Apple’s Services division, which includes iTunes and the App Store, Apple Pay, and the AppleCare warranty and repairs division, continues to perform well. Services revenue for Q3 2016 was $6bn, up from $5bn a year ago. This is down to a 37 percent revenue jump from the App Store and “strong increases” in Music, iCloud and AppleCare revenue.

Cook said that for the past 12 months, services revenue is up almost $4bn year on year to $23.1bn.

Services earnings pale in comparison with the iPhone, admittedly, but this is still an excellent showing from Apple’s up-and-coming division. Tim Cook boasted that the company expects Services to be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year.

Apple earnings report Q3 2016: Other Products

Apple reported Q3 revenue of $2.2bn for Other Products (which includes the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as iPods, mice and keyboards, routers, accessories and the like). That’s a drop of 16 percent compared to Q3 2015, which saw Other Products revenue of $2.6bn.

 

[Source: Macworld]

The best Windows 10 deals in August 2016

The best Windows 10 deals in August 2016

Windows 10 is free for anyone who wants to upgrade an existing PC or laptop from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Simply download from the Microsoft site and off you go!

However, if you’re building a brand new system or want to install Windows 10 on a device that doesn’t already have Windows 7 or 8.1 already installed, you’re going to need to buy a copy. Don’t worry though, because we check the prices of Windows 10 every day to make sure you get the best deals. Deals below are for DVD copies windows 10 – no dodgy third party codes here!

Windows 10 Home deals

The perfect version of Windows for home users

Windows 10 Home is the version that most people will need. It’s for home use and includes game streaming from Xbox One and other consumer features like Cortana, as well as Windows Hello for logging into your PC via a fingerprint scanner or your face. If Windows 8 was the steepest learning curve imaginable, Windows 10 is like meeting a great friend you once knew again – it’s just that they’ve bought some new clothes of which you really do approve.

Windows 10 Pro deals

Go Pro if you think it’s worth paying more for the Pro features

Windows 10 Pro comes with security and management improvements over the Home version above. It includes Hyper-V for virtualisation, BitLocker whole disk encryption, enterprise mode IE, Remote Desktop, a version of the Windows Store for your own business and assigned access (which locks a PC to running only one modern application, to use like a kiosk). Network admins can also schedule updates so they don’t happen at important times

Windows 7 deals

Buy Windows 7 for cheap and upgrade to Windows 10 for free!

What’s this? Windows 7 deals on a page that advertises Windows 10? This is probably the cheapest way to get Windows 10 on your system right now. Remember, anyone with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. So if you can pick up a cheapo copy of Windows 7, you can then upgrade to Windows 10 without paying more. It will be slightly more hassle, but that’s the fun right?

 
[Source: Techrader]

New fifth-gen Apple TV 2016 release date & features rumours: ‘Something bigger’ on the way for Apple TV, says Tim Cook | Apple TV 5 launch rumoured for late 2016

New Apple TV release date & new features rumours

When will Apple release the next Apple TV – the fifth-generation Apple TV – in the UK? And what new features, tech specs and design changes should we expect from the new 5G Apple TV for 2016 or 2017?

The fourth-gen Apple TV – the first Apple TV device to allow users to install apps – was unveiled by Apple at the iPhone 6s launch event on 9 September 2015, and went onsale weeks later. Nearly a year later, we’re looking ahead to the launch of the next, fifth-gen (5G) Apple TV. Indeed, there are already rumours that a next-generation Apple TV might arrive in late 2016, although Apple could also be waiting until next year to release a special 10th-anniversary model.

In this article we gather all the evidence related to the fifth-gen Apple TV’s launch date, as well as reporting on all the rumours and clues about the 2016 Apple TV’s new features, tech specs and design changes. However, if you’re (understandably) still interested in the Apple TV that’s available right now, we’ve got plenty of information about the 2015 Apple TV, including pricing and the best places to buy.

Updated, 27 July 2016, to discuss Tim Cook’s enigmatic comments about the future of the Apple TV at Apple’s Q3 financial results call.

New Apple TV 2016 release date rumours: When will Apple release the 5th-gen Apple TV?

Our money is on autumn 2016, although Apple may choose to hold it back until the start of 2017 and make more of the product’s 10th anniversary.

Here’s when the four generations of Apple TV launched:

  • 1st-gen Apple TV: January 2007
  • 2nd-gen Apple TV: September 2010
  • 3rd-gen Apple TV: March 2012
  • 4th-gen Apple TV: September 2015

Evidently, Apple updates its Apple TV less often than its iPhones, iPads and Macs: there was a three-and-a-half-year wait between the first and second models, and between the third and fourth. Based on that, it would be reasonable to expect the 5G Apple TV to appear in 2018 or even 2019, and we certainly don’t have firm evidence to dispute that.

But our instincts tell us that the Apple TV’s position and status in the company’s portfolio of products has changed. It used to be a sideline and a hobby, but with the growing importance of streaming media and smart-home applications, and with the arrival on the platform of games and its own App Store, Apple TV is moving to centre stage.

And we’re not the only ones to think Apple is likely to start updating the TV more frequently from now on.

A report (link for subscribers only) in DigiTimes last year predicted that the fifth-generation Apple TV would go into trial production as early as December 2015, with volume production starting in the first quarter of 2016. Changes were said to include a dramatically improved hardware performance and new functions “to help it no longer serve only as a set-top box”.

Q3 2016 earnings call comments: ‘Something bigger’ on the way

Tim Cook made some non-specific but intriguing comments about the future of the Apple TV at Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings conference call. He made it very clear that Apple has big plans for its TV division, and plans to build “something bigger” with the product and surrounding ecosystem.

Near the end of the hour-long call, a question was posed by Kulbinder Garcha, the managing director of Credit Suisse:

“I think about some of the comments you’ve made about the TV market and how it’s been stuck in the sixties and seventies, and the experience hasn’t changed,” Garcha said. “I understand that you’ve got the Apple TV box out, but in terms of driving actual video-on-demand services, is that something Apple wants to do themselves, do you want to partner, could you even build content? How do you think about that as an actual business opportunity, as opposed to, here’s an Apple box and we sell some units but it’s not that meaningful to the overall company in terms of size?”

Tim Cook’s reply was enigmatic.

“The introduction of Apple TV and tvOS in last October and the subsequent OS releases and what’s coming out this fall… think of that as building the foundation for what we believe can be a broader business over time,” he said.

“I don’t want to be more precise than that but you shouldn’t look at what’s there today and think we’ve done what we want to do. We’ve built a foundation that we can do something bigger off of.”

New Apple TV release date: WWDC 2016 and tvOS 10

Back in spring we argued that the 5G Apple TV was unlikely to be launched at WWDC 2016, since the event came round less than a year after Apple rolled out the fourth-gen model and none of the previous Apple TVs had launched in summer. Indeed, Apple launched no new hardware at the event whatsoever. But the new version of the Apple TV’s operating system, tvOS 10, got considerable stage time. As we often observe when discussing new iPhones and iPads, many of the most significant updates come not from new hardware but from free software updates.

Siri gets some big improvements in tvOS’s new update: it can now search the Apple TV’s movie and TV database with more complex queries. It can search YouTube, too, and any live streaming channels can be launched by saying “watch” and then the name of the channel. There’s a new dark mode for Apple TV, which makes the background black instead of the bright white we’re used to. And the Apple TV Remote app has been redesigned; it now offers all the Siri remote features and can be used for Siri queries using the built-in mic.

(Speaking of the Remote app, did you know that there’s a SiriMote app that’s been designed to let you control your Mac with an Apple TV Siri Remote? You’ll be able to use the app and Siri Remote together to control playback on your Mac, but accordingto Apple Insider the setup is difficult. The app is free and works with El Capitan. You can download it from Eternal Storms at eternalstorms.at.)

One last thing Apple didn’t mention, but has since come to light in Apple support documents, is that the requirement for Siri Remote compatibility for Apple TV games has been relaxed. That means they can focus on MFi game controllers, which are much more game-friendly than the Siri remote. See: Best Apple TV game controllers.

Read our Complete guide to tvOS’s new features for more information on the software update.

New Apple TV release date: 10th-anniversary Apple TV

Looking again at those launch dates above, we feel like the looming tenth anniversary of the Apple TV might be a tempting occasion for a big update. Apple tends to dislike historical wallowing – famously refusing to build a museum in its new headquarters because “we’re focused on the future, not the past” – but there is a precendent for an anniversary product in the form of the Twentieth Anniversary Mac (number 4 in our article The 5 weirdest Macs of all time).

 

[Source: Macworld]

New Apple Watch 2 release date, UK price and specs rumours: Front-facing camera | Built-in GPS | Cellular connectivity | September 2016 release | Thinner with better battery life

When will the Apple Watch 2 launch in the UK? What new features and specs should we expect from the new Apple Watch?

When Apple announced its much-anticipated Apple Watch back in September 2014, people got very excited about the concept of an Apple-designed smartwatch. Fast-forward 21 months: the Apple Watch has been on sale for well over a year and people are wondering about the next-generation Apple Watch 2. When will the Apple Watch 2 launch, and what new features can we expect?

The Apple Watch 2 didn’t get a mention at Apple’s 21 March press event(although the Apple Watch did get some love at that event, in the form of new straps – more on that below). Then in June, the Apple Watch 2 wasn’t announced at WWDC 2016, but there was lots of news about watchOS 3 and what that means for your Apple Watch.

In this article, we round up all the rumours we’ve heard regarding the so far unannounced Apple Watch 2: when it’s going to launch, the specs and new features to expect, and likely design decisions. And we list the features and tech specs we’re hoping Apple will include in the second Apple Watch – particularly anARM Cortex A32 processor – and why they’re essential to improving users’ experience.

When will the Apple Watch 2 launch in the UK? What new features and specs should we expect from the new Apple Watch?

When Apple announced its much-anticipated Apple Watch back in September 2014, people got very excited about the concept of an Apple-designed smartwatch. Fast-forward 21 months: the Apple Watch has been on sale for well over a year and people are wondering about the next-generation Apple Watch 2. When will the Apple Watch 2 launch, and what new features can we expect?

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Release date

Update 20 June 2016: Digitimes reckons a recent increase in supply of Apple Watch components is a sign that the launch of the next watch will be in September 2016, alongside the next iPhone. This is based on analysis of Apple’s famously complex hardware supply chain and can’t be taken as gospel – but we hope these rumours are true.

Although there is no solid release date for the second-generation Apple Watch 2, we now expect it to be announced in September 2016. We had hoped that we would get our first glimpse at the second-generation Apple Watch at the March 2016 event, but instead Apple used it to show off new watch straps as a ‘Spring’ collection, and surprised us with an Apple Watch price drop. (We also saw a new Phone SE and a9.7in iPad Pro.)

You can find out more about the new Apple Watch straps and pricing in our Apple Watch buying guide, or continue reading for all of the Apple Watch 2 rumours we’ve seen so far.

Another rumour regarding the release date of the Apple Watch 2 comes from China – more specifically, the chairman of Quanta, Barry Lam. Quanta manufactured the first-generation Apple Watch, and we expect it’ll also be the manufacturer of the second-generation device, so when the chairman announced a general release date window at an investors meeting, people paid attention.

According to reports, Lam claims that we’ll be seeing limited stock of the Apple Watch 2 near the end of Q2 2016, with more stock becoming available in Q3 2016. Based on this, it looks like the Apple Watch 2 will have a possible June 2016 release date, which falls in line with the analyst claims above.

Apple launches new Apple Watch straps at 21 March event

Although the Apple Watch 2 didn’t get a mention at Apple’s March 2016 event, but the smartwatch didn’t go entirely unnoticed. Apple announced that the Apple Watch was the number one selling smartwatch in the world, and that people loved the fact that changing the strap changed the look of the watch. With that being said, Apple announced a flurry of new Apple Watch bands including £39 nylon bands available in seven colours, some of which can be seen below.

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Design and build

We’ve got an idea of when to expect the Apple Watch 2, then. But what will it look like?

New design(s)

Update 1 August: Current rumours suggest that the Watch 2 will be thinner than its predecessor. This comes from TPK Holding informing Digitimes that Apple are moving away from a glass-on-glass panel to a ‘One Glass Solution’. This would allow for a small amount of space to be increased within the watch’s frame. Some are even suggesting that it can be up to 40% thinner. However, we’re doubtful its size will be drastically cut, as it will be used to accommodate a bigger battery.

Apple is said to be exploring more variations of the Apple Watch, beyond the Sports, Steel and Edition tiers available with the first-gen Apple Watch. It’s said that the company is planning to introduce new models that should sit between the most expensive steel Apple Watch (£949) and the cheapest Apple Watch Edition (£8,000).

The gap between the top of the middle price band and the bottom of the top price band has always looked rather wide, and Apple seems to be looking to attract customers willing to pay between £1,000 and £8,000 for an Apple Watch: which is potentially quite a lot of people.

However, it’s unclear how the new tiers will differ from current models. It’s been suggested that the new tier could feature more advanced bands or new materials including tungsten, palladium, titanium or even platinum.

Despite what’s been said about potential new models, according to reports in April 2016 from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Apple Watch 2 might not actually adopt a new design, with only the internals getting some love from Apple. We’ve come to expect incremental specs improvements to hardware from the company in iPhones and iPads of recent years, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility that this is the option Apple will go with.

Apple Watch 2 design rumours: Third-party battery straps

We’d all also had our eyes on a cool company called Reserve Strap. Its clever design made use of the Apple Watch’s accessory port in a strap with a battery that allowed the watch to, it’s claimed, hold a charge for up to a week. However, the companyannounced its disappointment recently that in a change to the Apple External Accessory Protocol in Apple’s watchOS 2.0.1 update, the accessory port will no longer support the Reserve Strap’s functionality.

For those who had pre-ordered the strap, the company advises that if you don’t upgrade your OS, you’ll be OK – but for all those who will no doubt want to it seems, for now, the battery boost idea will have to go back to the drawing board.

[Source: Macworld]

 

Recreation Rant Open discussion: June 24, 2016

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on this week’s game Rant Open dialogue, we’re discussing The department, death Stranding, the Nintendo NX, Mortal Kombat, and greater!

It’s officially summer, and this Friday has already borne the fruit of a sparkly new game Rant Open dialogue!

This weekly publish we could our readers discuss anything takes place to be on their mind, although it doesn’t pertain to the world of videogames. game enthusiasts interested by becoming a member of the communication can achieve this by means of clicking the comments button at the bottom of this article, with some of this week’s largest speaking points to get the communique started.

The closing seven days has had game enthusiasts speakme about a number of factors: a dramatic update poised for The division; thrilling news about Mortal Kombat; Nintendo; or even Kojima’s mysterious new name, demise Stranding.

without similarly ado, here’s a number of this week’s highlights:
Ubisoft large had informed fans to expect masses of weapon rebalancing in the approaching 1.three update, even though few could have predicted maximum of the fan-preferred guns would all be getting universally nerfed. Ubisoft showed the information in a blog publish yesterday, in which the studio found out the complete SMG class of weapons could be getting a stat reduction. The Vector and the AUG are hit hardest, with every getting a hefty 10% lower in damage, and all of the SMGs will now switch a base critical hit risk stat for a crucial hit harm stat.

The patch will release along the Underground expansion on June 28 (or beforehand of it for PS4 game enthusiasts, who get the growth greater than a month later), and need to do well to keep most of the SMGs along the same line in terms of strength. This should assist the darkish zones of The department emerge as a bit more health facility to beginners, particularly with Ubisoft massive throwing out bans to the cheaters and hackers who arrived in abudance considering that the game’s launch in March.

Tom Clancy’s The department is presently available for laptop, Xbox One, and PS4.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update roadmap suggests July 2016 release

Last month, before Microsoft announced the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 (codename Redstone), we revealed that this big update would be made available in July.

Spotted in a recent document regarding the Universal Windows Platform and Xbox, Microsoft references Windows 10 “Version 1607,” which follows the same versioning scheme as the last two Windows 10 releases, version 1511 and version 1507. This versioning means Microsoft is planning to launch Redstone 1 (Anniversary Update) in July rather than June, which would have been version 1606 instead.

If you take a look at the Windows 10 features roadmap site, Microsoft mentions “July 2016” when referring to new features arriving to Cortana:

Cortana is also the best digital assistant at reminders, letting you set them in more ways including by pen, and [coming in July 2016] pulling reminder-relevant info from emails so you have the details at hand. And you can instantly capture your ideas by voice just by telling Cortana to take a note

It is often that release dates slip and slide up until the very last minute, so it isn’t all that surprising to see the update launching a month later than scheduled. Originally it was supposed to be June, now it appears to be July. Either way, it will be worth the wait, considering Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings several cool new features to the operating system.

[Source:- Winbeta]