Best video editing computer 2020: the top PCs for editors and producers

Take a look at our picks for the best video editing computers 2020 has to offer. If you're a video editor or producer, then you’ll need one of these PCs, as they’re capable of handling large files and editing (and viewing) high-resolution videos.

Due to the intensive nature of video editing, there are a few essential things you’ll need in a computer you’re going to be editing videos on. You'll want a PC that comes with a discrete graphics card for rendering and converting raw footage. Plenty of RAM is also necessary, as well as a multi-core processor, for making the video editing process as quick as possible.

A PC that's capable of professional video editing won't be cheap, but we've rounded up the very best video editing computers for a range of budgets. With our built-in price comparison tool to ensure you get the best deals on these impressive PCs, you’ll find one that gets the best value for your money.

iMac Pro price

The iMac Pro is easily the best video editing computer money can buy right now. (Image credit: Apple)

The Apple iMac Pro is one of the most powerful PCs that Apple has ever made, and it's easily the best video editing computer money can buy right now. Speaking of money, you'll need quite a bit of it, as this is a very expensive machine. However, for the price you get sublime build quality, plus some of the most cutting-edge components on the market today. The Intel Xeon processor and AMD Verga 64 graphics card will make editing videos fast and smooth, and there's enough horsepower here to be able to preview your edits on the fly. Apple's software is also incredibly popular with creatives and video editors, as it's fast and reliable.

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

The Surface Studio 2 is a lot more powerful than the original. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Packed with a Kaby Lake mobile processor and Nvidia Pascal graphics, the Surface Studio 2 is a lot more powerful than the original, and is a brilliantly-capable video editing computer. It features a stunning PixelSense display with Surface Pen support, which gives you a whole new way to interact and edit your video. It runs Windows 10, so software support is fantastic, and the 2TB SSD lets you store plenty of video footage in a speedly solid-state drive.

Corsair One Pro i180

Corsair One Pro i180 boasts some seriously impressive and cutting-edge hardware for video editing. (Image credit: TechRadar)

The Corsair One Pro i180 is one of the most powerful PCs out there, which makes it one of the best video editing computers you can buy in 2020. It comes with an Intel Core i9-9920X, Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 920GB NVMe M.2 SSD and 2TB hard drive. That’s some seriously impressive and cutting-edge hardware for video editing. Unlike the iMac Pro and the Surface Studio 2 above, the Corsair One Pro i180 lets you upgrade certain components yourself, making this a future-proof PC. It's also got an amazingly compact design that means it can easily sit on or under a desk. It's very expensive, though.

Mac Mini 2018

The fact that you can add an external graphics card to the Mac mini makes it an ideal video editing PC. (Image credit: Apple)

The Mac mini 2018 has been refreshed with modern hardware, bring Apple’s tiniest Mac into the modern age. It comes with an 8th-generation desktop processor, plenty of RAM and some of the fastest SSDs we’ve seen – all while keeping the same beloved compact form factor. What makes it an ideal video editing PC is that you can add an external graphics card to the Mac mini for added graphical prowess. You can also chain several Mac minis together and offload tasks onto each machine. This means you can use one Mac mini to render your video, while using another to complete other tasks. It's incredibly versatile, and good value as well.

iMac (27-inch, 2019)

If you’re looking for an all-in-one Mac, the new 27-inch iMac is your best bet. (Image credit: Apple)

Yes, another Mac computer on this list. However, Apple really does make some of the best video editing computers in the world, and this latest refresh of its iconic all-in-one iMac is worthy of inclusion on this list. It's packed with 8th- and 9th-generation desktop-class processors this time around with up to 8-cores for multitasking – essential if you're video editing. If you’re looking for an all-in-one Mac, the new 27-inch iMac is your best bet, at least if you’re not looking to spend huge amounts of money on the iMac Pro. 

Apple Mac Pro (2019)

One look at the Apple Mac Pro (2019)'s specs, and you’ll see that this is a creative professional’s ultimate tool.

Apple has made the Apple Mac Pro (2019) one of its most modular computers yet. Combined with its raw power, it’s not just one of the best video editing computers 2020 has to offer, but also extremely future-proof, which is only right since you’re spending good money for it. Apple is ushering in that cheese grater look that we’ve come to love since its unveiling, thanks to its unique cooling system that maximizes airflow and keeps the noise down. That’s not all; one look at its specs, and you’ll see that this is a creative professional’s ultimate tool. Video editors will have a hard time throwing a task at this workstation that will slow it down.

Lenovo Yoga A940

The Lenovo Yoga A940 has a few aces up its sleeves, including 100% Adobe RGB support and Dolby Vision.

Lenovo’s latest all-in-one offering may not be as powerful as the latest Mac Pro or even Apple’s premium AIO, the iMac Pro. At this point, the 8th-generation chips and Radeon RX 560 graphics are a bit dated. However, it is still plenty powerful to meet the needs of creative professionals out there who are not entirely impressed by Apple’s pricey machines. On top of that, the Lenovo Yoga A940 has a few aces up its sleeves, including 100% Adobe RGB support and Dolby Vision, a set of Dolby Atmos speakers, a port offering that’s more generous than Apple’s all-in-one, and a stylus included in the box.

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Best workgroup printer 2020: the top printers for busy offices

The best workgroup printers in this list are ideal for busy offices with lots of network-connected PCs. These printers will allow any computer connected to the network to print, and are best used for offices with 10 or more employees.

The best workgroup printers need to be fast and powerful, then, to cope with demand. That means they should have plenty of on-board memory to store jobs, while having RAM and processors that allow them to keep up with the workload.

They also need to be capable of printing out high numbers of documents a month. So, not only do they need to be fast, but they should also be economical with ink without compromising on image quality.

Because of the high number of printouts the best workgroup printers have to handle, they should also have high-capacity paper trays – so you don't have to keep filling it up with more paper throughout the workday. 

Of course, all the best workgroup printers will have network connections, either wired via Ethernet or Wi-Fi (or preferably both for maximum flexibility).

So, read on for our pick of the best workgroup printers, and let our built-in price comparison tool help find you the best deals as well.

Xerox VersaLink B600DN


With a print speed of 55 pages per minute and room for a whole ream of paper on board, this compact device can keep a large work group printing continuously. While the initial outlay for this monochrome device is high, its running costs are impressively low, so you should find you save money in the long run. Although it only prints in black and white, the print quality is superb.

Brother HL-L5100DN


Who says a workgroup printer has to be big and bulky? The Brother HL-L5100DN is a compact printer, but don't be put off – this little workgroup printer can handle plenty of jobs, with a high print speed and large paper capacity. It does lack some features, however, such as Wi-Fi, so you'll need to make sure you can plug it in to your wired network. But for small offices where space is a premium, this is one of the best workgroup printers you can buy – and it's pretty cheap to run as well!

Xerox VersaLink C400DN


It might seem expensive for a desktop device, but this colour laser printer comes with impressive specifications and a slick smartphone-style interface. It already has a huge capacity for paper thanks to the 550-sheet tray, but you can double that by adding a second tray. Xerox includes a generous amount of toner too, enough for 2,000 colour or 3,000 mono pages. The five-inch touchscreen makes setup and operation simple and while Wi-Fi is not fitted as standard, it’s a simple £50 upgrade. Most importantly, the print quality is excellent with the Pantone-approved colours really making your documents stand out.

Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn


Kyocera’s printer comes with a capacity for 500 sheets of paper and large toner cartridges, which makes it suitable for a big workgroup or a busy home office. It prints quickly in duplex mode and runs very quietly too. If you're expecting your office to go through a lot of printouts every month, then the fact that the Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn is built to handle large volumes without you having to restock either paper or toner makes this one of the best workgroup printers money can buy.

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw


The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw is a brilliant multifunction device that's one of the best workgroup printers for small and medium-sized businesses. It boasts excellent print quality and very fast print speeds, plus the 300 sheet paper capacity should mean even the busiest of offices shouldn't have to keep refilling the printer too often. It only prints in mono, however, and it's not the fastest laser printer in the world, but it offers a good selection of features for the price.

Canon i-Sensys MF735Cx


Canon’s multifunction laser printer has great build quality, a stylish design (as far as printers are go, anyway), and offers plenty of features for printing securely in a large workgroup. You can also scan, copy and fax wirelessly from this device as well. The large touchscreen control panel makes it easy to set up and use, and while it is quite noisey, the print speeds are nice and fast. Though the initial cost is high, it comes with enough toner for up to 6,300 mono, or 5,000 colour pages. This means you shouldn't have to refill for a while.

Lexmark B2236dw


This unassuming square box provides an affordable means of churning out monochrome pages in a busy small office atmosphere. It can hold 250 sheets of paper and a toner cartridge capable of delivering up to 6,000 printed pages, which makes it one of the best workgroup printers around, especially for smaller offices where you don't want to spend a fortune on a printer. The included starter cartridge can manage only 700 pages, but by including all of the key features, such a Wi-Fi, duplex printing and robust security at a competitive price, we can strongly recommend it.  

Ricoh SP C261DNw


Ricoh’s colour printer comes with the essential features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, duplex mode and secure printing built in, which makes it an ideal workgroup printer. Speed isn't the fastest, nor is the 250 sheet capacity the largest, but print quality if fantastic – and don't forget this printer will print in both mono and color.

Lexmark MB2236adw

If you need an all-in-one device to serve a small workgroup in a small office, this inexpensive laser printer makes a lot of sense. If it looks a little top-heavy, that’s because the impressively small footprint isn’t much larger than a sheet of A4. But that doesn’t stop it from swallowing 250 sheets of paper and offering an automatic document feeder that can hold 50 more. Lexmark includes enough black toner for a somewhat stingy 700 monochrome prints, but high capacity replacements are available that can print 6,000 pages. With duplex printing, Wi-Fi and security features included, it can do nearly everything a much more expensive MFD can.

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Best portable monitor 2020: the top USB-connected screens

Buying the best portable monitor your budget allows is a great way of easily expanding your workspace – especially if you use a laptop.

Rather than having to plug in a big and unwieldy monitor, which often need their own stands and power supplies, the best portable monitors can quickly and easily plug into your laptop or PC using a USB cable, quickly and easily giving you more room to work on.

This gives you the benefit of having a secondary monitor, and can really improve your productivity. Having more desktop to work on means you can have more windows and apps open at once. 

You could also use one monitor to display a single program full screen, like your email client.

No matter if you're writing, doing graphic design work, coding or working as a call center assistant, having a secondary monitor can let your desktop have some breathing room, spreading apps out in a more natural way. 

The best portable monitors also allow you to take this multi-screen setup out and about with you, and many monitor manufacturers are putting out thin and light models that are just as good as their full-sized brethren. Apple even lets you use an iPad as a portable monitor these days. 

So, we went ahead and picked out the best portable monitors on the market right now, all using the latest display technology. And, because we've included our exclusive price comparison tool, you can find the best deal quick, because we know it's a busy world out there. 

Packed Pixels is a wingmirror-style monitor that can be fixed to the left and right sides of your laptop’s screen to give you two extra displays. While they can be used at their native 2,048 x 1,536 resolution for maximum screen real-estate, these 9.7-inch panels are best used in ‘Retina’ mode and with a single app maximised to fill the space in each.

Essentially, it’s like bolting an iPad Air 2 onto your laptop, and any app that you drag onto it – from Atom to Microsoft Word and Google Docs, Slack and Skype (you get the idea) – is rendered in crisp detail.

Because Packed Pixels uses DisplayPort (for video - USB-C also works using a converter) and a USB connection (for power), it’s completely free of any noticeable lag and serves up a buttery smooth experience. Slim, light, bright and supremely portable, it also comes with a soft carrying case for transportation.

The Asus ZenScreen MB16A Portable Monitor is one of the nicest-looking USB monitors we’ve seen, and it comes with a number of features and design considerations that make it an incredibly handy device, and one of the best portable monitors of 2019. However, it comes at a price, with the ZenScreen proving to be more expensive than many of the other portable monitors on this list. However, the build and image quality of this screen makes it well worth the extra money. Fans of Asus' ZenBook laptops should be particularly interested in this device, as it has a design that compliments Asus' high-end laptops nicely.

The Asus MB169C+ isn’t quite as portable as Packed Pixels, but its 15.6-inch size makes using it feel more like using a regular monitor. It has a healthy pixel-resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which is perfect for streaming full HD video, working with two applications side-by-side and even gaming if you have a sufficiently powerful laptop.

The MB169C+ is incredibly simple to use thanks to its USB-C connection, which uses a single cable to transmit video, sound and power. It also comes in a handy protective sleeve that doubles up as a carrying case. Asus’ portable monitor uses an in-plane switching (IPS) display, which brings decent viewing angles making it perfect for watching video with a friend.

Aimed at photographers who need a monitor to take on shoots, the Gechic 1101P features an IPS display like the Asus MB169C+. However, this one is smaller at 11.6 inches and more portable, allowing to be easily attached to a tripod or SLR camera while out in the field.

This full HD display supports 16.7 million colors which can easily be tweaked using the monitor’s onboard color temperature settings, allowing you to get it as close to your camera’s display as possible

The 1101P is also well-connected, featuring support for VGA, micro HDMI and mini DisplayPort. These make it suitable for a number of different use cases – from previewing photos and videos shot on a camera to being used as a normal portable monitor with your laptop.

If you like the sound of the Asus MB169C+ but don’t have a laptop with a USB-C connection, then the Asus MB169B+ is what you need.

This one also connects to your laptop with a single cable, except it uses a regular USB-A port instead. It works with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, though you’ll experience noticeably more latency with the former due to its slower data transfer rate.

Still, it features the same alluring slim and lightweight design. Thanks to Asus EzLink tech, which offloads the graphics processing from the PC to dedicated hardware in the monitor, you can even hook up five of them if your laptop has enough USB ports.

This portable monitor from AOC isn’t going to beat either of the Asus models on our list due to its comparatively lower pixel-resolution of 1,600 x 900.

However, its lower resolution means that it’s going to be less taxing on your laptop’s battery life. Taking that into account, and the fact that it’s the largest portable monitor on our list at 17.3 inches, and the E1759Fwu suddenly becomes an interesting option if you’re into streaming video on the move.

And, because it’s a few years old, you’ll pick it up for much less than competing portable monitors. With its thin and light dimensions and glossy black frame, it doesn’t exactly look archaic – it just isn’t as multi-talented as newer and flashier alternatives.

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Best PDF reader for Mac of 2019

While it's easy to open PDF's these days, with most browsers and even office suites offering some form of built-in PDF reader, often it's not enough to simply be able to read a PDF.

The Portable Document Forum (PDF) was originally developed by Adobe in the early 1990's, as a way to share documents between users with different operating systems. Additionally, because it couldn't be edited, that meant the document's integrity could be preserved.

The problem for users nowadays is that PDF's now commonly form user agreements which require signing. On top of this, collaborative working means that having to convert PDF files into native documents for editing and then back again just isn't practical.

Therefore it helps to have a PDF reader that has extended features for editing and e-signing. 

However, the prevalence of Windows PCs means that sometimes Apple Macs can seem left behind, especially with the continued development of macOS as an app platform.

We've therefore highlighted the best in PDF readers for the Mac, not least where additional features will allow macOS users to do more with the PDF files they have.

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Available to download directly from the Mac App Store, PDF Reader Premium from Kdan Software is one of the most powerful and popular PDF management tools for Apple computers. It functions as a file manager, file converter and page editor.

With the software, you can easily edit PDF files by adding freehand writing, text boxes, sticky notes, hyperlinks and annotations. And to ensure that important documents don’t get mixed up, you’re able to label them by adding tags and color-coding. What’s more, to keep track of all your saved files, you can make use of an import history feature.

The app works with iCloud, too, meaning you can back up and access saved documents on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. There’s even compatibility with Dropbox, so you can easily import documents from devices that run on other operating systems.

Overall, you should find the app smooth and quick to use. It’s powered by a proprietary rendering engine, which aims to ensure that large files are processed and loaded without any lag. Currently, the app costs $59.99 (£42), although there is a free version that you can try before you purchase.

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Apple Books is more than just an app for reading novels-at the heart of Apple Books is the ability to read and organize PDF files. The only stipulations is that they must be DRM-free, which makes it somewhat limited by comparison to some of the more dedicated readers featured here.

However, as a simple PDF reader Apple Books-formerly iBooks-does the job exactly as it needs to. Better still, it's bundled for free with iOS 12 so if you're already up to date with the upgrade cycle then the chances are you already have it but perhaps didn't know it can be used to read PDFs as well as novels and a range of document formats.

The one limitation Apple Books has that some of the other apps here don't have is that it can't be used for editing, anotating, or creating PDF files. However, as we're only focused on PDF readers in this piece Apple Books is still a wworthy and necessary inclusion. Even still, there are other apps available in the App Store that can provide expanded functions for manipulating PDF files, if required.

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Adobe not only invented the trusty PDF document in the first place, but the company has also created some top-notch apps to manage them. Acrobat Pro DC is a great example, and it supports both Windows and Mac devices. The software allows you to create, edit and convert PDF files with ease.

Whether you happen to be using a desktop PC, laptop or tablet, Acrobat lets you turn any paper document into a PDF file. You just have to snap a photo of the piece of paper and upload it to Adobe’s platform, then you can subsequently edit it. Acrobat also lets you convert PDFs into any Microsoft Office file format, preserving all fonts and formatting.

Thanks to integration with Excel, you can even edit data in scanned tables, making it easier to edit and analyze financial data. Just like Kdan Software’s PDF Reader Premium, you can keep track of the changes you and your colleagues make to PDF documents.

Acrobat is capable of detecting the differences between two versions of the same PDF, too. You can sign up for a business plan for £15.17 a month, which gives you the option to add more team members in the future. 

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PDF Expert is a robust and easy-to-use solution for managing business documents. And with a four-and-a-half star rating in the Mac App Store, it seems to be one of the most popular options out there for Mac users. The software gives you the ability to read, edit and annotate PDF documents from a central dashboard.

One of the great things about PDF Expert is that it’s fast and slick to use. Thanks to smooth scrolling and a fast search function, you can quickly find what you’re looking for across multiple PDF files.

This app lets you edit images, text and links, plus the software can automatically detect fonts, size and opacity of writing. Plus, if you happen to own an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, you can add annotations and notes to documents on-the-go. Like most PDF apps out there, PDF Expert comes with a free download option, but the app for iPad/iPhone costs $9.99 and includes in-app purchases, while the version for Mac costs around $100 for 3 Macs.

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Wondershare has developed a Mac version of the popular PDFelement app, which is positioned as an easy way to edit PDF documents. It gives you the tools to add text, images, links, backgrounds, watermarks, headers and footers to PDF documents.

The software provides an extensive selection of PDF editing options. Not only can you add text to documents, but you can also tweak the font type, size and style. There’s the ability to rotate, extract, replace and crop images too.

PDFelement is a great option for teams in particular, with powerful collaborative capabilities, letting you add sticky notes, comments, text boxes and more. And you can use the tool to fill out business documents such as contracts and tax forms. PDFelement retails at $49.95 for the standard package, but for all features you will need the Professional package priced at $79.99.

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Google Stadia is forgetting one key market: mobile gamers

When Google Stadia was launched, it seemed like it could transform mobile gaming from a realm of basic puzzle games and mixed ports, to a genuine competitor to console gaming – but perhaps we should have waited for more information before getting our hopes up.

in the run-up to E3 2019, Google filled us in on the games list and pricing structure of  the Stadia platform, and we found out the extent of Google Stadia’s smartphone and tablet plan – or, more accurately, the lack thereof. 

The fact remains that there are a few big problems Google Stadia faces before it can become the king of mobile gaming we thought it could be.

The Pixel problem

When it comes to portable devices, Google Stadia will only be available on Pixel phones – that’s the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, as well as the recent affordable alternatives the 3a and 3a XL. Presumably when the Pixel 4 and 4 XL launch in late 2019 they’ll be added to the roster too, so that’s six phones that’ll run Stadia.

Stadia will run on other phones at some point, but at the moment we’ve no idea when that mysterious date is. Google told us that they’d come “in the near future” but that’s all we’ve got.

The Google Pixel 3 is not a huge phone. Image credit: TechRadar

Here’s the problem: Pixel phones aren’t ideal for complicated smartphone gaming, as they’re too small. Even though you’ll use the Stadia controller to play games, so your hands aren’t all over the screen obscuring your view, you’re looking at a tiny display which means all your information will be crammed into a small space, not ideal for playing intensive games.

The Pixel 3 XL has the biggest display of the four (although it’s possible the Pixel 4 XL will trump it) with its 6.3-inch display – there are many phones with much bigger screens, like the Huawei Mate 20 X, as its 7.2-inch screen is a whopping 0.9 inches bigger.

However that’s nothing like the huge screens you’ll be using if you play Google Stadia on your TV or computer.

Smartphones are growing ever bigger, and while it’s fine that the Pixel phones largely reject that trend, when you play games that aren’t designed for phones, it’s important to have as big a display as possible.

On top of that, there’s the question of 5G. In theory, cloud gaming is the perfect proving grounds for 5G, as it’ll let people stream intense games while out and about.

The Stadia controller is bigger than a smartphone. Image credit: TechRadar

However Google doesn’t have a 5G phone yet, and we’ve no reason to believe that it’ll launch one with the Pixel 4 line – these things are usually rumored way ahead of time. Unless Google surprises us with a Pixel 4 5G (which definitely doesn’t have a ring to it), we might not be able to play Stadia over data for quite some time, which would cause the platform to miss some of its most important functionality.

When we asked Google if it had plans for a 5G phone, or if it would allow Stadia to run on competitors’ 5G handsets, a spokesperson told us, “We are working to expand to more phones in the near future.”

At the moment it doesn’t feel like the Pixel phones are the right hardware for Google Stadia, and unless the Pixel 4 is a large departure from the Pixel 3, it may be worth waiting until Stadia expands before looking to it as a viable mobile gaming platform.

Tab-letting go

If you’re a tablet gamer, you’ll know how great these massive devices are for portable gameplay.

However the Google Stadia launch lineup doesn’t exactly have a breadth of game genres available – they’re nearly all action or shooter games, with a few wildcards thrown in too. There are no strategy, city builder, 4X games – in short, nothing that would be particularly suited to tablet gaming.

On top of that if, like phones, you need the Stadia Controller to play games on a tablet, the whole touchscreen element of the slates are lost, actually making these games harder to play on tablets – as ports of games that rely on console controllers are often more fiddly and annoying than when on their native PCs.

Google Stadia will run Assassin's Creed Odyssey, among other games. Image credit: TechRadar

When we asked Google about the limited games list it’s bringing to Stadia on launch, a spokesperson said: “We shared the first set of games coming to our launch window and will have more content to announce later this summer. After that we will continue to work with publishers on announcing and bringing new content to Stadia.

“Furthermore, we will have more game-related news to share at Gamescom [and] more titles will be added to our launch lineup as publishers announce them in the future. We are committed to bringing all of your favorite games to the Stadia platform and will announce new titles on a rolling basis.” 

It’s possible in the future that all your favorite non-action games, like Total War, Civilization, Anno and more will be playable on tablets, but it doesn’t look like they will be at launch. Instead the lineup consists of games that play better on consoles, which won’t be enough to sway gamers who like these games away from the PCs they play them on.

Tablets make the perfect screen for portable gaming. Image credit: TechRadar

You won’t even be able to use many tablets as remote Stadia stations at launch, as Google told us "Stadia will also work on Chrome OS tablets including Google Pixel Slate", so tablets running on Android and iOS, of which the majority are, will be forgotten for the beginning of Stadia’s life.

That makes sense – Google cancelled its tablet lineup recently, so clearly slates aren’t as important to it as its mobile lineup, but it’s still a shame for the hardcore mobile gamers who use tablets for their gaming needs.

Does this mean you should avoid Google Stadia?

The limited smartphone and tablet functionality for Google Stadia doesn’t mean the platform would be a bad purchase if you love playing games on the go – it just means it won’t necessarily be great at launch for mobile gaming.

As more smartphones and tablets become compatible, and particularly if touch controls become available instead of the Stadia Controller being necessary, they’ll be a more enticing option for your portable gaming.

Until things change, though, we think we’re going to stick to playing mobile games on our phones, and trying Google Stadia on a nice, big TV.

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Apple reportedly promises publishers improvements to its News Plus service

Apple News Plus, which you can pay $10 a month for in the US, is a big part of Apple's push into digital services, but a new report suggests that publishers aren't too enamoured with the platform so far – and that Apple is promising improvements.

According to Business Insider, publishers aren't getting anywhere near the levels of revenue that Apple suggested they might before the service launched in March.

Although initial uptake was apparently brisk, it would seem not many of those users have kept on their News Plus subscription beyond the initial free trial. It's difficult to know for sure, as Apple hasn't revealed a full breakdown of subscriber numbers.

One of the issues with the service, Business Insider's sources say, is that readers are confused about what is and isn't included for free as part of Apple News: a small News Plus icon is usually the only difference.

Publisher problems

Publishers are concerned that the News Plus experience feels "unfinished" and want to see a "more intuitive" way for users to get around the app, apparently.

If the sources speaking to Business Insider are to be believed, magazines and newspapers also want Apple to make it easier for them to convert their digital content into a format that works inside the Apple News app.

For its part, Apple is listening to publisher concerns and wants to make improvements to the News Plus service in the various areas we've already mentioned.

Apple hasn't responded to the report publicly but will know it needs to keep publishers happy for News Plus to be a success. Later this year it's also launching Apple Arcade, a mobile games bundle subscription.

Via 9to5Mac

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Oppo pushes mobile photography to new extremes with Reno 10x Zoom

Recent years have seen mobile photography pushed to new extremes. While mobile phones have all but replaced standard point and shoot cameras, they are now aiming at higher-end cameras with features such as bokeh effect, low-light photography and higher optical zoom ranges. 

Oppo was the first mobile phone manufacturer to showcase prism-based camera technology, that allowed for much larger optical zooming than the 2x zoom found on most phones. The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom features a hybrid zooming mechanism that get you a 10x lossless zoom. If you really want to stretch it out, it can go as high as 60X digital zoom which is unheard of in a smartphone.


The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom is a flagship phone with top specs, such as the latest Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It looks gorgeous with a full screen design on the front and Oppo’s ingenious shark-fin slider that hides the front facing camera. The phone is absolutely gorgeous and feels very premium in your hands. We especially recommend the Ocean Green color if you want to stand out.

One of our favorite features is the O-dot placed below the camera, that helps prevent the camera lenses from getting scratched. It’s a tiny design detail that not only looks good but serves a much needed function. 

Let’s come back to the camera system consisting of a 48MP Sony sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 13MP telephoto lens. This setup allows the Oppo Reno 10X zoom to take highly detailed pictures in daytime, naturally lit pictures at night, and very creative shots using the wide-angle lens or the very impressive zoom range.

While the camera is the highlighting feature, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom is a flagship product from every other angle as well. It’s a phone that truly pushes the boundaries of what mobile phones are capable of. 

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HTC sees mixed reality as the next “disruptive technology” after smartphones

HTC expects mixed reality, the combination of virtual reality and augmented reality, to become the next “disruptive technology” after smartphones.

“There are some technical hurdles now such as resolution and tracking the ability to move forward but we want to overcome that. Vive Reality is the ability for us to switch between real life, mixed reality and full virtual reality,” Graham Wheeler, president for HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa, told TechRadar Middle East after announcing the winners of the “VR & Beyond” competition held in collaboration with Burj Khalifa, HTC Vive and Dubai Future Accelerators.

The competition, themed around the Burj Khalifa, was initiated in November 2018 and received 115 virtual reality submissions globally. The winner – Game Cooks from the US - and runner-up estudiofuture from Spain, were honoured on Thursday.

With 5G and artificial intelligence coming into the picture, Wheeler said that the Vive Reality experience is going to change dramatically. “It is not because of the speed of 5G but because of the latency. We use machine learning in some of the development techniques, which I cannot elaborate on now, but the combination of 5G and AI will put VR as the next entertainment medium,” he said.

Moreover, he said that HTC’s to-be-launched premium PC VR headset Cosmos, has a halo design and has taken some of the feedback “we learned from our previous headsets”. “We believe that Cosmos is an exciting step in VR and opens it up to new audiences,” he said but did not reveal more details about the headset. According to HTC’s website, Cosmos has an LCD display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,700 pixels, an increase of 88% over the original Vive, and 40% better lens clarity over the original model.

Foreseeing the future of VR

Wheeler said that the VR market is growing at a rapid rate. “The growth curve is brilliant for us and nothing is a success overnight. With governments, venture capitals and companies coming to the forefront of investing in the content, the market has a bright future down the lane,” he said.

HTC’s Viveport has more than 3,000 apps, with more local content developers set to be added in. Wheeler noted that many companies are turning to VR to drive education, training, design and retail sales.

According to research firm International Data Corporation, worldwide spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) is forecast to reach $160 billion in 2023, up from the $16.8 billion in 2019. The research firm said that the worldwide shipments of AR/VR headsets are forecasted to reach 8.9 million units in 2019. 

By 2023, virtual reality headsets are expected to reach 36.7 million units while the AR headset market forecast to reach 31.9 million units in 2023.

Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's Mobile Device Trackers, said that new headsets from brands such as Oculus, HTC, Microsoft and others will help fuel the growth in 2019 and beyond.

However, he said that it's not only the new headsets that will drive the AR/VR market forward but also the latest chipsets from Qualcomm.

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Best task management apps of 2019

Whether you're running your own business, a department, or a team, or even just working for yourself, it can be difficult to manage all of the tasks on your to-do list.

This is especially the case where you might have multiple deadlines to work with, and managing the priorities for these tasks can become a challenge as your workload increases.

Luckily there are a number of software packages available that are dedicated toward task management, making it easy to prioritize, organize deadlines, and generally ensure a much smoother workflow.

The result is the improved ability to manage complex tasks, especially for individual projects with multiple needs and requirements, as well as for dealing with multiple projects that each have their own demands.

Here we'll therefore look at the best in task management apps and software, to help make it easier to manage your workload.

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If you’ve got lots of things happening in your work and personal life at the same time, you should definitely check out Centrallo. Described as a simple and elegant organization app, its main aim is to ‘catch everything life throws at you’.

That may sound like an ambitious goal, but the software certainly has a good crack at achieving this. With Centrallo, you can create as many notes and checklists as you want, and share these private or publicly.

You can also add photos, videos links and voice notes to the lists you create and store in the app, as well as due dates so you never miss a deadline. There’s also the ability to collaborate with team members on tasks within the app. What’s more, you can edit lists from a smartphone or tablet while on-the-go. That way, you should never fall behind with your work (hopefully).

Centrallo offers a free version of the app, but it comes with restrictions: you’re limited to a maximum of 100 notes, small attachments, and only a relatively small amount of cloud storage. That said, you may find 1GB of storage is enough – at least for personal usage. However, if you plan on using this throughout your company, it’s likely you’ll need the premium option. It costs $4.99 monthly or $44.99 annually.

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Easynote is another easy-to-use task management tool which is nicely affordable. It provides you with the tools to create, assign and track tasks. Targeted at both everyday users and businesses, the app can be used to organize everything from shopping lists to multi-platform projects.

In terms of features, the software allows you to collaborate on tasks, and share files. You can also set deadlines, task dependencies, alarms and reminders, as well as providing feedback to colleagues, and asking for amendments on tasks. What’s more, if you plan on using the software in your business, you don’t need any training. It works straight out-of-the-box.

Easynote claims that the app is used by tens of thousands of people and companies across the globe, including the likes of Samsung, Yamaha, Siemens, Barclays, Unicef and Pfizer.

Just like Centrallo, there’s a free option of the app available, but you only get 1GB of storage and a limit of 10MB when it comes to file uploads. To expand both of these limits, and get better customer support, you can upgrade to the Business plan which offers 5GB of storage and 50MB of file upload for $5 per month, or the Extended product which gives you 10GB/100MB for $10 monthly.

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When it comes to business productivity software, Trello is no doubt one of the most popular and widely known offerings on the market. Available on both desktop and mobile devices, the app lets you organize personal and professional tasks. The company lists homework, shopping lists and work projects as a few examples.

The user interface is very friendly and based largely on boards that you create to organize the things you’re working on. You can categorize these based on different topics and tasks, and invite co-workers, friends and family members to collaborate on tasks. Similarly to Centrallo, the app makes use of checklists and to-do cards.

Once you’ve created a board, you can create tasks and assign them to different people. From here, you can comment or receive feedback to ensure you’re on-track with everything. You also have the option to add photos, videos and files to cards, and to look at your lists in a calendar view to monitor deadlines.

Trello is a cloud-based platform that works across a range of platforms and devices, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The app is free to use, and you can create as many boards and lists as you’d like with the free version. However, there are premium products with more features and the ability to attach bigger files, with a Business Class plan costing $9.99 per month and an Enterprise offering running to $20.83 monthly.

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Should you want a task management tool that’s geared more towards business teams, Monday.com is vying for your attention. It’s a more visually-oriented piece of productivity software that lets project managers delegate tasks and keep an eye on the steps their team members are taking to complete tasks successfully.

Using the app, you can generate comprehensive task and to-do lists, share files and communicate with colleagues. The software provides a great deal of insight into projects, letting you add details such as owner status, prioritization and timelines. What’s more, there’s a built-in chat function which allows you to discuss tasks and updates with individual team members and groups.

Taking design cues from Trello, this tool comes with a calendar function as well. This puts all your tasks and deadlines into one place. And to ensure crucial business information doesn’t get into the wrong hands, all data stored in the app is encrypted. Other security features include two-factor authentication, single sign-on and audit logs. For a five-member team and 5GB of storage, you’ll need to pay $25 monthly.

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Marketed as an automation system for businesses, Accelo is a cloud-based platform that lets you manage all your client work from one place. It combines all aspects of a business – such as sales and project management – within a single piece of software.

You can make use of drag-and-drop charts to manage projects, and there’s a project tracking feature that considers outcomes, resources and budgets. You also get a team scheduling tool to delegate tasks among appropriately skilled employees, along with mobile timers and automated timesheets.

Other goodies include an invoicing function that automatically syncs to Xero and QuickBooks, and automated notifications. Accelo offers a free trial so you can test out the service, and the base plan starts from $34 per month billed annually.

Other task management apps to consider

We've only featured five platforms for task management, but there are plenty of other options to consider. This is not least because different software will do things differently and you need to find the one that does this right for your team. Below we'll suggest some alternatives to the ones above, to see if they can help you manage your tasks better instead:

Slack is probably the first to add to this list. Built primarily as a collaboration hub for work, Slack works as a general communication platform. A particular advantage is that as a web app it's accessible from any device regardless of operating system, and its especially geared to use on mobile platforms. This means if organizing your team and bringing them together better can help you get the job done better, then Slack is a definite contender. 

Xenforo is a messageboard platform, which may initially seem a little old hat by comparison to more modern apps. However, Xenforo comes with a lot of features installed by default, not least Push Notifications, plus the ability to create separate areas viewable only by staff with the relevant permissions. There are also a wide range of customizations available in terms of looks and functionality, so it's easy to create a center for task management.

Samepage is another good option to consider if you're looking at collaboration to improve efficiency and task management. Centralizing communications in one place, it aims to bring all chat, comments, and coworkers together into manageable teams for whatever projects you need to handle. You can also invite guests into the discussions, as well have walled private areas.

Basecamp aims to go even further than that, providing a range of additional tools such as communications, task schedules, documents & file storage. The aim is to keep everything not just in one place but streamlined as well. By highlighting due dates, upcoming deadlines are easier to find and manage to ensure that multiple projects are completed on time. 

Asana is another platform that aims to bring all workflows together in a simple and easy manner to get tasks done. This is helped by the really simple and easy to use GUI which makes it easy to see what needs doing and organize it. As a work management platform it works very well with teams, and allows for the easy scheduling of goals and projects.

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Public testing is underway for Halo: Reach but it’s very exclusive

343 Industries has confirmed that the first public beta test for Halo: Reach, part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, is underway but it’s currently only accessible to fewer than 1000 Halo Insiders.

343 Industries has taken to the Halo Insider forums to announce that this first test is “just the beginning” and that it’s being kept “very small”, so if you did sign up for the Halo: Reach flighting tests and didn’t get an invite, you’re not the only one. 

“We’ve had a massive amount of opt-ins to the Insider program which is awesome,” 343 explains, “but it’s way more people than we can comfortably accommodate in our first flight out the door.”

Taking flight

The first flight is running from June 28 until July 1 and includes the Halo: Reach campaign mission Tip of the Spear, which is an updated build of the demo shown at E3 this year.

Given it’s still a work-in-progress, the build is apparently missing a few features and has several known issues. The main aim for 343 Industries for this first flight is to test the best way to launch more builds on Steam at a larger scale and get some player feedback on the mouse and keyboard controls.

Despite the invite-only status of the build, it has been reported that pirated versions of the build are being leaked online. 343 Industries and Microsoft have stated that they are aware of the issue and are cracking down on anyone that distributes or plays any illegal copies. 

In a tweet, Community Support and Engagement Coordinator at 343 Industries, Tyler Davis, said that those who do play the illegal beta will have all of their associated accounts banned and will be removed from any “all current or future 343 programs”. 

Given the beta only includes one mission and isn’t at optimal playing condition, playing a pirated version hardly seems like a worthwhile risk to take for fans of the franchise. 

It’s been promised that over time, there will be more test flights on both PC and Xbox with a larger number of people and a wider range of content from not just Reach, but more games that will be in the Master Chief Collection. 

In the meantime, 343 Industries has released 15 minutes of 4K gameplay footage for fans to pore over, no piracy needed. You can watch that for yourself below.

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OnePlus 7 Pro vs Huawei P30: the ultimate camera test

Any smartphone can take a picture, but only the best handsets can take a great picture, and the OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei P30 are two of the most high-end devices for photography.

Each has three rear snappers – one standard, one ultra-wide, and one for long distance pictures – and they also come with an AI scene optimization tool to take the very best pictures possible.

But which is the absolute best? It's a hard question to answer, so instead of picking a phone, we took them both out on a few adventures, so we can compare pictures taken with each of the devices.

These are the results of the test. The images you see below are of the OnePlus 7 Pro – click on the arrow on each image to see the Huawei P30 equivalent.

A word on the cameras

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 48MP main camera, joined by a 16MP ultra-wide snapper and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens that supports up to 3x optical zoom.

The Huawei P30 only has a 40MP main sensor, and like the OnePlus phone it has a 16MP ultra-wide lens and 8MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom.

The main difference between the two cameras is this first sensor, as the OnePlus 7 Pro has a slightly better megapixel count, but you won't necessarily notice that in many pictures taken – and it's really the scene optimization software that does a lot of the work too. 

'Normal' photos

There wasn't a huge amount of difference between 'normal' pictures taken – by that we mean, at 1x zoom with no effects or filters.

The OnePlus 7 Pro photo was a tiny bit darker, but in general the pictures were very similar, both in terms of color range and quality, and the actual field of view and depth.

Zoomed photos

When we took pictures at 3x zoom, which is the optical zoom limit for both phones, the Huawei P30's had more vibrant colors and a bigger contrast between the dark subject and light background – but that's perhaps not the greatest thing, as details and complexity was lost.

Of course if you want insane levels of zoom the P30 is the best answer though, as its 30x zoom will get you as much pixellated glory as you want.

Ultra-wide photos

The Huawei P30's ultra-wide photo is shocking – look at all that blue sky! Not only is it unprecedented for London, it's quiet a change from the limited blue-ness of the zoomed pictures.

The OnePlus 7 Pro's photo is a little paler, both in terms of the sky and the bridge, but that means, like the zoomed picture, you get a lot more detail.

Both handsets have roughly the same field of view in these shots though, so are neck-and-neck in that regard.

Macro photos

These pictures are fairly similar looking, if we're being honest. The background is blurred appropriately for how far away it is, the textures are captured well, and color tones are easy to differentiate between.

The main difference is in how we actually took the pictures – the Huawei P30 felt a tiny bit slower in focusing on the rock than the OnePlus 7 Pro, so it was quicker to take the picture on the latter phone.

Night sight

The Huawei P30 has a RYYB sensor, as opposed to the RGB in the OnePlus 7 Pro and most other smartphones. This means it picks up on red-yellow-yellow-blue, instead of red-green-blue, and for the purposes of this camera test, that means it 'sees' light a lot better.

You can tell in the night-sight test, as the Huawei P30's picture has a noticeable amount more detail, and it's brighter all around. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro's contrast between light and dark is certainly artistic, but you can't see half of it.

Color perception

For a phone that's meant to have amazing color perception, the Huawei P30 let us down – that's because the scene optimization tool wanted to capture the panoramic shot of the umbrellas as much as it did the fruit, and it couldn't tell what the focus of the picture was. 

Because of that the fruit is darker, compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro's pictures, with a lighter and brighter dish. The Pro also knew to apply appropriate background blur, to emphasize this shot.

Capturing greenery

What do you want in a picture – natural and realistic looks, or something a little – ahem – spruced up? (Yes, we know this isn't a spruce.)

The Huawei P30's image has a distinct yellow tone, thanks to the RYYB sensor, which make the whole picture look exciting and vibrant. However that's not how the bush actually looked in real life.

The OnePlus 7 Pro photo is a little dull and lifeless, which is exactly how the bush looked in real life, and while it won't win any 'Bush Photograph of the Year' awards, it's an accurate depiction of the boring bush.

Verdict

The camera test was a mixed bag, and after spending time with the two devices, we really don't have a distinct winner – even over the course of writing up this comparison, and analyzing the picture, our preference kept shifting.

The OnePlus 7 Pro took detailed pictures, that were sometimes a little simplistic, but they benefited from that. They were often a little pale though, compared to the competitor.

The Huawei P30's photos like to toy with color and brightness quite a bit – sometimes that works, and makes vibrant pictures, and other times it robs detail from its subjects.

So there's no 'better' camera phone, and for once we wouldn't actually say 'pick a phone that has features that suit you better'. Instead, it's better to choose a handset whose disadvantages are you can overlook more easily.

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Huawei will soon be allowed to buy some of its tech from US suppliers again

There are signs of a thaw in the ongoing US vs Huawei saga, with President Trump announcing that Huawei will once again be able to buy technology from US suppliers – with certain limits.

"US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei," Bloomberg reports Trump as saying at a G20 news conference. "We're talking about equipment where there's no great national security problem with it."

It would appear the US and Chinese governments are prepared to press pause on the ongoing trade war happening between the countries, which should give companies on both sides of the Pacific some breathing space.

As yet it's not clear exactly what the change in policy will mean: Huawei remains on the Commerce Department's Entities List, which means any deals will need approval from the US authorities. Further talks are planned this week.

Details to follow

It would appear the US is prepared to give Huawei some concessions when it comes to developing smartphone and laptop devices, while still keeping the Chinese company out of its 5G infrastructure.

Whether or not the deal means Huawei can carry on developing phones as normal, Android and all, hasn't yet been established. The fine print is still being discussed, and we should hear more this week.

Huawei has been scrambling to respond to the threat of having its US software and hardware suppliers cut off – even going as far as developing its own Android replacement in the event that it can't use Google software any more.

The full effects of the ban weren't due to come into effect until August anyway, so with President Trump's announcement at the G20 conference, it could now be business as usual for Huawei – at least for some of its products.

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England vs India live stream: how to watch Cricket World Cup 2019 from anywhere

England need something special from the remainder of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The brief today is simple for Eoin Morgan's men, who entered the tournament as favourites - nothing less than a win against India will do. Luckily, watching all the World Cup action is a much easier task and you can use our England vs India live stream guide from this crucial clash no matter where you are in the world.

Having lost their last two games on the spin, England's confidence looks shot, with thier batting order looking particularly jittery.

They can at least take encouragement from the fact that they beat their opponents today 2-1 in their last bilateral series at home. However, with a large contingent of India fans expected in the stands to cheer on their side and pile as much pressure on the hosts as possible, there's never been a better time for this England side to show they can hold their nerve.

While question marks remain about India's middle-order batting, the table doesn't lie - they've been superb and now very much look like the team to beat in the tournament. With a win ensuring a spot in the semis, expect not a slither of mercy to be shown to the hosts today from the Men In Blue.

You’ll be able to watch all the action from this with ease from anywhere in the world if you follow our England vs India live stream guide below - somehow, it's free to watch in some places, but not in either of the competing countries.  

Watch a Cricket World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your country

If you're in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US or India and looking to find out how to watch the match, we've got all the details about the broadcaster in your region below. 

If you're away from home country and looking to tune in you'll likely to find you won't be able to thanks to geo-blocking. Thankfully there's a way to alleviate that frustration. By using a VPN you'll be able to watch the game safely without having to take a chance on an illegal feed from a website that's likely infested with malware.

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Andrade vs Sulecki live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

Ring that bell. The undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade must defend his title against Maciej Sulecki if he wants a shot at the undisputed title. Who will walk away with the belt tonight? You can live stream the Andrade vs Sulecki fight to find out, using this guide.

While Andrade (27-0 17 KOs) has an impressive record, and is coming from a twelfth round TKO of Arthur Akavov in January, he's going to be challenged by world rank number 10 Sulecki (28-1 11 KOs) who beat Gabriel Rosado in March.

Selecki will be entering the ring in his first ever world title challenge fight so expect the Polish boxer to be at his best. But Andrade, on home turf, knows this is an obstacle he must go beyond to take on Saul Canelo Alvarez for the undisputed champion title. 

There's a lot to fight for on both sides and each boxer is fighting at a high level right now meaning this should be a clash well worth watching, no matter what time you need to be up where you are in the world. The rest of the card is looking strong, too, with Joseph Parker taking Alex Leapai in the heavyweight division.

Read on to find out how to live stream Andrade vs Sulecki boxing from absolutely anywhere.

Live stream Andrade vs Sulecki from outside your country 

In the US, Canada (where DAZN has you sorted) or UK tonight? Then scroll just a little further down this page and we'll tell you who's broadcasting the boxing from where you are.

But if you're abroad this weekend then you'll need another way to watch and avoid possible geo-blocking. That's where using a VPN comes in.

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