The Last of Us 2 release date, news, and rumors

Updated: Though it remains a tough watch, fans of The Last of Us part 2 have been poring over the recent Paris Games Week trailer to uncover some hints about where the game might be set

Previously, it was suggested that the game could be set in Seattle, Washington, after some real-life locations were spotted in concept art. Once again, signs continue to point towards this. Highlighting a rusting road sign and a police car that looks like those of the Seattle PD, fans believe that the most recent trailer takes place on the I-5 highway. This is just over a mile from the locations suggested by the game’s concept art. 

All of this is, of course, complete speculation and the game’s location is yet to be confirmed.

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Despite its fairly finite name, it turns out The Last of Us wasn’t the last we’d see of The Last of Us. Considering the first game has been continually hailed as a masterpiece thanks to its excellent, emotional story and engaging read more

Best VPN for streaming: Our 5 top choices

When it comes to viewing streaming content in other countries, be it a sports event or your favourite TV show, using one of the best VPN services makes the process a whole lot easier. This allows you to bypass restrictions and access geo-blocked material, and on top of this, a VPN provides an additional layer of security with minimal loss of performance – or even improved speeds in some cases.

That’s the theory anyway, but not every VPN service is made equal, so there’s some serious picking and choosing to be done.

How to choose the best VPN service for streaming

In this case, your number one priority is clearly performance, as a fast and reliable connection is obviously good for consistent streaming with none of the dreaded buffering. A high server count is also a major boon in terms of finding a good connection.

You’ll also want user-friendly native clients – ideally optimised for streaming – with wide support for various devices, as you may well be viewing content across multiple bits of hardware, from phones to computers. read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: what we want to see

Updated: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is apparently called ‘Crown’ and Samsung might have a prototype of it ready before long.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the biggest phones Samsung’s ever made, not to mention one of the best, and there’s no doubt that the company will follow it up next year with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

In fact, we’re already hearing the first rumors about that phone, and they suggest it could be even more futuristic than the iPhone X.

You’ll find everything we’ve heard about the Note 9 below, along with our own analysis and a selection of the features and improvements we most want to see.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung’s next flagship phablet
  • When is it out? Possibly August 2018
  • What will it cost? Probably at least $929 / £869 / AU$1,499

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23 and released in September, while the short-lived Samsung Galaxy Note 7 followed a similar schedule the previous year.

So there’s a good chance that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be announced in late August 2018, before hitting stores possibly in mid to late September.

However, according to read more

Meet your new NHS GP: a 24/7 video-calling app that’s set to cut waiting times

The National Health Service has officially launched a smartphone service that allows you to see a GP 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Called GP at Hand, the service allows patients to make a video call with an NHS GP on their smartphone, saving the need to go to an actual doctor’s surgery. 

What’s more, the service looks to slash waiting times, with many getting an appointment often minutes after booking, a stark difference to the weeks that some GP appointments can take to book in. 

After your consultation, your doctor can send any prescriptions to a pharmacy of your choosing, where you can then pick up your medicines at a time to suit you. 

The service has recently been trialled in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and following that successful trial, is being rolled out to the rest of London. According to the press release, a rollout for the rest of the country is coming in the near future. 

Swift and efficient

We tried out GP at Hand during the trial period and were very impressed with the read more

Here’s why the Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first handset with a dual-camera setup

The rear camera is one of the most hotly-contested (and ruthlessly-promoted) features in today’s premium smartphones — a fact driven home by the constant jousting for top spot in DxOMark’s renowned best mobile camera rankings. The competition has become so close that, even when vendors like Apple, Google, Samsung or Sony launch a new phone that takes out first place, that ‘winner’ often has to share the lead position — and ultimately, almost all of them have their short reigns overthrown within a few months, or less.

Over the last couple of years, dual rear cameras have slowly become the norm for flagship smartphones, but this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus bucked that trend by sticking with the same 12-megapixel, single-sensor camera spec that was used in their 2016 predecessors, with just a few enhancements to boost overall read more

The best Xbox One X games: what to play on the world’s most powerful console

Xbox One X Games demonstrating the power of the 4K console

Xbox One X Games: demonstrating the power of the 4K console

BBC releases its first Alexa-powered interactive audio drama

The BBC has a rich history in radio, after having been founded as a wireless broadcaster back in the 1920s. 

But now, the corporation is embracing the world of interactive audio stories with the release of The Inspection Chamber, a sci-fi comedy drama that you use your voice to participate in. 

The experience can be downloaded from the Alexa Skill Store or the BBC Taster website, at which point you’ll be able to play along as a fourth character. 

Interactive audio

The experience has been developed by the BBC’s R&D department alongside Rosina Sound. The BBC’s department has been embracing new technologies for years, including co-developing the first broadcast-ready HDR standard Hybrid Log Gamma, and investing heavily in VR experiences

The Inspection Chamber is not the first interactive story released for Alexa with the likes of Runescape: One Piercing Note, but the corporation’s history in radio makes this release an especially interesting proposition. 

This isn’t the read more

The best web hosting for WordPress in 2017

WordPress turned 10 this year. Primarily created as a blogging platform, it has since been developed into a feature-rich content management system that can be used to power websites of all types. The platform can be downloaded for free from wordpress.org and powers millions of sites across the web.

For many businesses, the beauty of WordPress is in its simplicity. Its benefits are clear, it’s easy to setup and it’s straightforward to manage. Choosing a hosting provider for a WordPress site can be more of a task, however, especially for those without expert knowledge or experience of the market.

Reliability, support and, of course, price are the big three factors when choosing website hosting for a business. Where WordPress is concerned though, many hosting providers also offer automated installation, so speed and simplicity of setup are also factors to consider.

To help with your decision-making, this article brings together a selection of cheap WordPress hosting options for read more

10 best free web hosting providers 2017

The costs of setting up and maintaining a website can add up quickly. Designing, developing and maintaining a site all need outlay of one sort or other and so it’s important for businesses to minimise expenditure where they can.

  • If you think we’ve missed any major free web hosting company or if anyone listed no longer operates, drop us a line in the comments below.

Web hosting is one area in which costs can easily accumulate, as hosting packages are generally sold with monthly billing. There are a number of providers that offer free web hosting, however, and whilst such packages will not be suitable for some businesses, others have a great opportunity to make quick and easy savings.

Free web hosting comes with a number of limitations of course. Server space, site speed, traffic, uptime guarantees and backup provision are all features that are often curtailed, but that’s not to say that good cheap hosting isn’t available.

Bear in mind that free web hosting exists because it allows companies to upsell more expensive web hosting to those who may need it.

As such, free web hosting should be seen as a marketing read more

The best business broadband deals for November 2017

You can’t imagine any business, in this day and age, being totally offline. And that’s regardless of the size and line of business, . 

For the best business broadband services, reliability, speed and support are as important, if not more than just price.

When applying for new business broadband deals, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most business broadband contracts are 24-month terms.

Features may change over time, all prices are VAT exclusive, speeds will vary, fibre broadband is not available in all post codes and the cost of line rental is often left out (although that is changing from some providers).

The best business broadband deals

Here are the three best business broadband deals we’ve found this month and beyond that the best business broadband deals for each of the main broadband providers in the country. 

We opted for fibre broadband rather than copper lines because, frankly, the cost between the two is minimal given the performance read more