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iPhone XI trial production could kick off soon to help avoid launch delays

Although the iPhone XI probably won’t be announced until September, Apple could begin trial production of it soon, in order to prevent delays.

DigiTimes reports that trial production could begin in the second quarter of 2018 (so any time from April to June), citing ‘sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses’.

That’s apparently in order to push ahead delivery schedules and ensure there’s a high enough yield rate of 3D sensor modules.

No more delays

The iPhone X didn’t arrive in stores until a while after it was announced, with rumors of production delays for 3D sensors and other components causing the wait, so it would make sense for Apple to get a head start this year so that the iPhone XI can land in September, shortly after it’s announced.

The sources further suggest that mass production of the new iPhone range might begin early in the third quarter of 2018, which should give Apple plenty of time to build up a supply of units before September.

Of course, this is all just rumors for now, and DigiTimes has a mixed track record, but we’d imagine Apple is doing everything it can to avoid another delay.


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Hasbro sweetens the Jabba’s Sail Barge crowd funding project

Hasbro has less than two weeks left to fund its first HasLab project, and to give you some motivation it has released some new images of the finished project.

Announced at Toy Fair 2018, Hasbro has launched a crowdfunding platform called HasLab. While it may seem a tad odd that a company the size of Hasbro would need to crowdfund a project, it actually makes a lot of sense. This idea was born out of a desire to do cost prohibitive projects that would be difficult to get on to retailer shelves. With Toys R’ Us on the way out, it’s going to prove to be even more difficult in the future.

To kick off the platform, Hasbro announced it was working on Jabba’s Sail Barge – The Khetanna – from Return of the Jedi. This massive vehicle measures 49.35-inches long and 17.01-inches tall, and while impressive, what we’ve been missing is images of it with the final paint job. Now those pictures are here, along with the Vintage Collection version of  Yak Face, one of the hardest figures to find from the original Kenner line.


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The PlayStation Easter sale is underway

UPDATE: The PlayStation Easter sale is now on in Australia, with a huge number of great titles on offer at discounted prices. You can find now Aussie links and pricing alongside UK pricing below!

Like any holiday period these days, Easter means sales and discounts. It also means fun themed chocolate, but discounts are our focus for now. Game fans will be glad to know that the PlayStation Store is offering some pretty deep discounts on a range of titles this year.

From today, the PlayStation Easter sale is offering up to 60% off a selection of games which include fairly recent releases like Assassin’s Creed Origins (£32.99 / AU$54.95) and Wolfenstein 2 (£19.99 / AU$30.95), to classic must-haves like The Witcher 3 (£11.99 / AU$17.95) and the Bioshock Collection (£11.49 / AU$47.95).

Below we’ve listed some of our picks of the best deals. Skyrim is there, in case there’s a system for which you don’t yet have a copy of the game. 

These discounts are good, but remember PlayStation Plus members will see even better deals on some games and if you’re looking for a PlayStation Plus membership you’ll be glad to see those are on discount too! You can pick up a 12 month pass for just £37.49 (that’s AU$59.95 in Australia). The Easter Bunny has well and truly arrived. 

  • Many of the games on offer in this sale can be found among our picks of the best games on PS4


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Samsung’s LED 3D Cinema screen sounds like the theater screen of our dreams

We can all agree that large theater screens are great, and thanks to the rapid advancements of display technology in TVs and smartphones, these displays are about to get even better. In fact, that time is already here with Samsung’s 34-foot Cinema LED screen.

Samsung debuted its new screen technology at Arena Cinemas’ Silhcity theater in Zurich, Switzerland. It promises to deliver a 3D experience unlike anything before it.

According to Samsung, its new LED Cinema screen is capable of ten times the peak brightness of projectors. This will be possible while keeping 4K resolution and consistent picture quality. It will be done in 3D, whereas current projectors suffer from low-res quality depending on the viewing angle.

The jump from projectors to LED screens has been essentially non-existent. 2D LED screens have been available for a while now, but only in three cities in the world—Seoul, Busan and Shanghai. Zurich is the first city to boast a 3D LED screen.

Eventually the adoption rate will pick up as theaters get modernized with the latest screen technology. It’s just unfortunate we’ll have to a while to experience Samsung’s newest 3D screens.

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Best TVs for sport: catch all the action on these sports-ready televisions

We like sports and we don’t care who knows. So if you’re anything like us, you’ll want a top-tier telly that’s capable of displaying sports events at the highest quality possible.

There are many factors that come into play when choosing a sports-ready television, including size, resolution, viewing angles, color vibrance and refresh rates, to name but a few.

With the NBA playoffs and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games coming up in April, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup following shortly after in June, there’s no better time to get your home prepared for the onslaught of sporting action headed your way this year.

In this buying guide, we’ve taken the liberty of selecting some of the best TVs for sports watching that are currently available on the market. Here are our picks for the best TVs for sports in 2018.

Sony Bravia A1E OLED (Sony A1 in UK & Australia)

One of the most aesthetically gorgeous televisions ever made, Sony’s A1E OLED delivers everything you’d want from a sports-ready television, and then some. 

It’s 4K HDR Processor X Extreme is capable of upscaling SDR content to provide an HDR-like experience that offers increased color depth and brightness.

It’s also great with motion, with a native refresh rate of 120Hz lending an exceptionally smooth look to sporting events – though only when you switch on Motionflow mode. 

As with all OLED televisions, contrast is extraordinary. An infinite contrast ratio means you’ll always get deep, true blacks in whatever you’re watching (depending on the clarity of source material), which would benefit sports greatly (especially for night-time events).

Perhaps the A1 OLED’s biggest selling point, however, is its unrivalled viewing angles – seriously, no other TV we’ve reviewed comes close to what this set can accomplish. You can be sitting directly beside it and still see what’s on-screen at its full brightness and clarity. It really is astonishing in that regard. If you’re the type who regularly has buddies over to join you in your sports watching, you’ll be happy to know that all of them will have a great view of the action from wherever they’re sitting in your living room. 

Full review: Sony Bravia A1 OLED


Want to get an OLED television that won’t break your budget? LG’s 2017 entry-level OLED, the B7, features the exact the same panel and processor as the company’s highest-end TV in the same series. 

Thanks to OLED’s self-lighting pixels, this panel has an infinite contrast ratio, meaning it’s able to produce the deepest blacks possible — perfect for watching sports.

That very same processor will also keep tabs on motion, ensuring that your image is always smooth and stutter-free. It’s also got a 120Hz refresh rate that can be put to great use with the TV’s numerous TruMotion settings — we found the TruMotion Clear setting to be the best way to watch sport on the B7, hands down.

Of course, it also has a dedicated Sports mode preset, which you can easily switch on without too much tinkering in settings. Add to this some excellent color reproduction and impressive brightness, and the LG OLED B7 is highly recommended for sports fans.

Full review: LG OLED B7

Sony Bravia X900E (XE90 in the UK, X9000E in Australia)

We absolutely loved Sony’s 9-Series TVs last year, naming the 55-inch model as our favorite mid-range screen of 2018. A lot of that has to do with how well the 9-Series handles motion — something that Sony is unrivalled at right now, thanks largely to its Motionflow XR 800 functionality, with can display content at a native 100Hz signal. 

Admittedly, they’re not necessarily the brightest TVs around, but they’re capable of incredibly vibrant images. They’ve got surprisingly good audio, too, so you’ll still get a decent sound experience even if you don’t have a soundbar or hi-fi system. 

Though its remote no longer includes a dedicated ‘Football’ button like it did on the 8-Series, the Sony X900E is still an outstanding 4K HDR-ready television for watching sports. 

Full review: Sony Bravia X900E

Samsung Q7F QLED

One of the brightest TVs on the market, Samsung’s Q7F is the set to get if you want to avoid looking at dull, lackluster HD broadcasts of games — even if it is a little more pricey than others. 

Where most televisions will produce around 1,000 nits of peak brightness, Samsung’s astonishing QLED TVs nearly double that. The Q7Fs are Samsung’s entry-level QLEDs, boasting a color volume that’s able to reach 100% for truly eye-watering images of incredible vibrance. As they’re the most affordable sets in Samsung’s QLED range, you should consider them your gateway to bright, beautiful imagery worthy of a World Cup match.

We’re also pleased to note that these tellies are the flat variety (as opposed to Samsung’s many other curved sets), meaning that everyone in your TV room should be able to get a good view of the action. 

When it comes to motion, Samsung’s Q7F goes all out, with its 200Hz refresh rate providing incredibly smooth playback. This should ensure that your sports look exceptionally fluid. 

Full review: Samsung Q7F QLED

Samsung MU7000 (MU6400 in the UK)

Samsung’s QLED series is as top-tier as they come, but it’s a little pricey for the average consumer who just wants a great 4K television that does a good job of displaying sports.

With that in mind, Samsung’s MU7000 Series (MU6400 in the UK) is a terrific mid-range option — one which offers impressive visual clarity and punchy HDR+ colors. 

Some minor processing judder may hamper the watching of sports on occasion (the MU7000 has a 60Hz refresh rate), and viewing angles aren’t as great as some higher-end TVs on this list, though it should be noted that the MU7000 Series still performs better than most rivals in this price range. 

The color richness this set is capable of displaying will blow you away, with a more full-on high dynamic range experience than you’d normally get from a mid-range television. Add to this a peak brightness of around 1000 nits, and you have yourself an exceptionally vibrant viewing experience. 

Full review: Samsung MU7000

The features that matter for watching sports

So what exactly does a TV need to be good at in order to display sports at the highest quality possible? To give you a more thorough understanding of the tech that makes sports look amazing on your telly, we’ve created a guide on the features you should look out for.

Refresh rate (motion-smoothing): While we’re of the firm opinion that motion-smoothing modes can absolutely ruin the watching of movies and television shows, (applying a ghastly ‘soap opera’ effect that makes everything look sped up and overly animated), they can actually really benefit live sports watching. High refresh rates allow for smoother motion and clarity, especially during quick camera pans that track a ball’s fast movements. In fact, higher frame rates really make it feel like the action is happening right in front of you – which is exactly what you want when watching sports.

Viewing angles: This one will be most important to those who like to ‘get the whole team over’ when they’re watching sport, as wide viewing angles will make it possible for everyone in your living room to get a good view of the action. If your viewing angles are too narrow, those sitting off the the side will miss out on all the action – and we can’t have that, can we? Our advice is to take note of viewing angles when making the decision to purchase a new TV. If you’re able to look at your prospective television in-store, we suggest standing at either side of it to ensure that images are still bright and clear (and colors are still strong) from a near 90-degree angle. If the screen looks dark, you should definitely avoid it.

Peak brightness: If want your sports to look as great as possible, you’ll need a sufficiently bright television. Your TV may be capable of showing all the colors in the world, but without a high peak brightness, they can end up looking dull and muted. Most content these days targets 1,000 nits of brightness, so you’ll want a television that can reach that if you want to unlock HDR’s full potential. 

4K resolution: When buying a new television in 2018, a resolution of at least 4K (2160p) is an absolute must. Though the list of sporting events broadcast at 4K resolution is still relatively small, you’ll definitely want to future-proof your living room for when live UHD really does take off. It’s also worth noting that most 4K televisions are adept at upscaling high definition 1080p content, so regardless of the broadcast you’re watching, it should still look great. 

HDR: Like 4K, high dynamic range (HDR) is another feature that’s destined to become a huge deal in the not-too-distant future. High dynamic range video offers colors that are closer to what the human eye sees in real life, allowing for a much wider color gamut to be displayed on your television than regular SDR sets. This means brighter and more naturalistic colors when viewing HDR content. Some televisions, including the Sony A1 OLED listed above, employ HDR upscaling, which gives standard dynamic range content an HDR-like upgrade.


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Make any headphones wireless with this tiny Bluetooth receiver

Wireless headphones are great, but it’s not easy to give up your beloved pair of wired headphones that have been with you through thick and thin, and deliver the sonics you’ve grown so fond of. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver solves this problem by letting you turn your favorite pair of wired headphones wireless, and it’s on sale for just $19.99.

As the world’s smallest Bluetooth receiver, the Atech Micro offers a minimalist solution to your wired headphone woes. It connects directly to your headphones so you can keep your smartphone in your pocket where it belongs without having to worry about tangled wires. You’ll be able to control volume and music playback directly on the receiver, and it even comes with a built-in shirt clip for easy access.

Don’t sacrifice your favorite pair of wired headphones for wireless convenience. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver lets you have the best of both worlds for just $19.99—60% off its usual price.


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Top iPhone X cases: how to protect your nearly bezel-less iPhone

With a starting price of $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 the iPhone X is a phone you’ll want to keep protected more than any other, especially with the glass back and lack of bezels potentially making it more susceptible to damage than previous models.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of ways to keep it safe, with dozens if not hundreds of cases already available, suiting just about every budget, style and need.

There are a lot of good ones out there, and a lot which aren’t so great, so we’ve selected some of our favorites to get you started. These cover a wide range of prices, looks and materials, so there should be something here you’ll like.

TechRadar has yet to use any of these cases in real life, so we’ve put this collection together so you can see the different looks, features and designs of the cases on offer.

We’ll be adding more cases to this list as time goes by and as we see more options appear on the market, too.

Note: we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.

1. JETech Protective Case with Kickstand for iPhone X

Affordable and feature-packed

Colors: Black | Material: TPU

Built-in kickstand


Only comes in black


With the JETech Protective Case you’re getting a lot of case for not very much money at all. It’s a black TPU case – so far so basic, but it has a carbon fiber design, giving it a bit of flair, and a textured frame for extra grip.

This JETech case also has a built-in metal kickstand, so you can prop your iPhone X up for hands-free viewing, while air cushion technology gives you more drop defense than you might expect.

Ultimately it’s a fairly plain case, and you can get more protection elsewhere, but it looks to strike a good balance between features and price.

2. TOZO Ultra Thin Hard Case for iPhone X

The slimmest case we can find

Colors: Black, Blue, Pink, White | Material: Plastic

Very thin

Very affordable

May not provide much protection

Lacks extra features

TOZO claims this is the world’s thinnest hard-shell case for the iPhone X and while we can’t be sure whether that’s true or not, it’s certainly very slim at just 0.35mm thick.

That makes it a great choice if you don’t want to add any bulk to your fancy new phone, especially given the low price of this case, which should make it all the more appealing if your bank balance is hurting after buying the iPhone X itself.

However, while it will offer some protection against scrapes, we’re not confident that a case this thin will do much to protect your phone from drops.

3. Olixar Ultra-Thin iPhone X Gel Case

Colors: Transparent | Material: Silicone


See-through design

Won’t protect against drops

Likely won’t have premium feel

This is one of the cheapest iPhone X cases on the market right now and it should protect your phone from the odd scratch. 

We don’t think it’ll be able to do much to protect your device if you drop it though and the gel material probably won’t feel as comfortable on your palms as the glass that’s on the back of the iPhone X.

4. Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone X Case

Colors: Red, Crystal Clear, Black, Rose Crystal, Space Crystal | Material: Polycarbonate and TPU

Transparent back shows off your phone

Air cushion for protection

Dull design

Plastic build

Sometimes the simplest option is the best option, and the Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone X case is certainly simple.

It’s available in a range of colors, but they all include a transparent back, so you can see your iPhone X in full while keeping it protected.

It’s just a simple polycarbonate hard case, but it’s slim, has pronounced button covers so the buttons are easy to find and press, large cut-outs that can fit most cables, and it’s made from a non-slip material, so you’re less likely to drop your phone.

If you do still drop it though the case sports air cushioned corners, which should help keep your iPhone X in one piece.

5. ESR Marble Pattern Cover for iPhone X

Colors: Black, Blue, Grey, White | Material: TPU

Eye-catching design

Good value

Basic protection

Won’t appeal to everyone

Most of the options we’ve covered so far have been fairly plain, but the ESR Marble Pattern cover really stands out, with a marble design in black, blue, grey or white.

Beneath the surface it’s a thin and light TPU case, and there’s nothing clever going on here, so you’re only getting basic protection, but it includes a smooth, anti-scratch and anti-fingerprint finish, raised lips to protect the screen and camera, and a low price tag.

6. Desmay Slight iPhone X Case

Colors: Black, Grey, Clear, Jet Black | Material: Silicone

Thin design

Allows for wireless charging

Limited color options

Desmay claims to be selling one of the very thinnest iPhone X cases.

In fact, it’s thin enough that you’ll still be able to use wireless charging, and the company claims this case will also give you “maximum protection”, so hopefully this will protect your phone well.

7. Snakehive Walnut Wood Case for iPhone X

Colors: Walnut | Material: Wood and plastic

Uses real wood

Has a credit card slot

Not all wood

Not as protective as some

If plastic’s not doing it for you, consider the Snakehive Walnut Wood case. This uses real walnut on the back, and there are other versions available which use different types of wood, including bamboo, rosewood, maple and cherry wood.

The use of wood gives the case a stylish, high-end and slightly unusual appearance which is sure to turn more heads than the average iPhone X case.

As the case uses real wood each one is also unique, and though this isn’t a wallet case there’s a handy credit card slot hidden away on the inside.

It’s also cheaper than you might expect. The only downsides we can see is that it won’t deliver as much protection as some of the bulkier cases, and although the back is wood the sides and phone holder are plastic, but that’s almost always the case with a wooden cover.

8. Totallee Thin iPhone X Case

Colors: Frosted White, Jet White, Matte Black, Grey, Navy Blue, Jet Black, Red, Green | Material: Polypropylene

Thin design

Colors others don’t offer

Uncertain camera protection

This one may be one of the best looking cases we’ve seen for the iPhone X so far and the super thin design means the case shouldn’t make your phone much bulgier in your pocket.

It’s uncertain how protective that vertical camera cut-out will be, but here you’ll get the choice of a variety of colors including a bold blue and green. Those aren’t colors you can buy the new iPhone X in.

9. Olixar ArmourDillo iPhone X Protective Case

How to protect your iPhone X

Colors: Black | Material: Polycarbonate

Great protection


Not attractive

Limited colors

This is perhaps the most protective case we’ve seen for the iPhone X so far. It looks to have a sturdy design that will ensure if you drop your phone it won’t break.

That said, this isn’t the most attractive case as you will lose the premium glass-backed design we’ve been excited about on the iPhone X.

10. Snakehive Vintage Leather iPhone X Case

Colors: Green, Yellow, Navy, Brown, Black, Purple | Material: Leather

Premium leather

Lots of color options

Not clear if you can wirelessly charge phone

Snakehive’s premium leather iPhone X case comes in a variety of colors and uses matching stitching, which is different depending on what shade you opt for.

The listing for the Snakehive premium leather case does suggest it’ll provide access for a 3.5mm headphone port, which the iPhone X famously doesn’t have, so we’re uncertain if there will be a few unnecessary gaps in the bodywork of the case.

That said, it looks great, plus you’ll have three card slots and there’s an even larger compartment so you can use your new iPhone X case as a wallet too.

11. Tech21 Evo Tactical

Another protective choice

Colors: Black | Material: Plastic

Protective design

Allows for wireless charging

No screen protection

Unlike the choice above, the Tech21 Evo Tactical won’t protect the screen of your iPhone X, but you can always buy a screen protector to ensure you don’t scratch up that 5.8-inch bezel-less display.

The design of this case should help protect it from drops too, plus you can also use wireless charging without having to peel the case off your phone.

12. X-Doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

An unusually luxurious case

Colors: Ballistic Nylon, Black Leather, Carbon Fiber, Wood | Material: Aluminum, TPU and polycarbonate

Premium materials

Decent protection

Not the slimmest case

Not cheap

Combining style and protection, the X-Doria Defense Lux case has an anodized aluminum frame with built-in air pockets to absorb shock.

In fact, the case exceeds military drop test standards, so it should keep your iPhone X safer than most, but it also looks good, not just thanks to the aforementioned metal frame, but also because of the back, which comes in a choice of ballistic nylon, black leather, carbon fiber or wood.

That’s an interesting selection of materials, each of which will give the X-Doria Defense Lux case a quite different appearance to most other iPhone X covers.

13. Urban Armor Gear Feather-Light Rugged Case

Colors: Red, White, Ash, Carbon Fiber, Citron, Crimson, Graphite, Platinum, Dunkel, Transparent, Rust | Material: TBC

Loads of color choices

Lots of protection

Rugged design


You might understandably want to put protection first when buying an iPhone X case, and if so the Urban Armor Gear Feather-Light Rugged Case should make for a good option.

It combines a hard outer shell with a soft, impact-resistant core, plus skid pads on the back, which add up to a case that can meet military drop test standards.

It also sports a visually striking – albeit rather rugged – design, and as the name suggests it’s surprisingly light, thanks to a honeycomb structure which also aids its drop protection.

Wireless charging and contactless payments also work through the case, so you’re not losing any functionality.

14. Moshi StealthCover for iPhone X

Colors: Grey, Pink | Material: Metal

Clasp to hold screen protector

Looks great

Design won’t be for everyone

Uncertain if it allows for wireless charging

This case is slim once again, but it’s made of metal and has a magnetic clasp on the side to ensure your phone screen won’t easily get scratched up.

It also has a military-grade drop protection certificate, so you can be certain this case will protect your iPhone X the time you inevitably drop it.

15. Gear4 iPhone X Battersea Case

Colors: Black, Blue | Material: Polycarbonate

Soft touch effect

Good impact protection

Limited front protection

The Gear4 Battersea iPhone X case comes with the company’s D30 impact protection, which should allow you to drop the phone without having to worry about it smashing.

There won’t be any protection for your phone’s screen while it’s in your pocket – so you may want to buy a screen protector – but it comes with an attractive and comfortable soft touch finish on the rear and edges.

16. OtterBox Statement Series Case for iPhone X

Colors: Wine, Dark Blue, Black | Material: Plastic and leather

Uses real leather

Plenty of protection


Chunky frame

The OtterBox Statement Series Case at once wants to show your phone off and show itself off, as you can tell from the back, which is mostly transparent but has a large section of colored leather at the bottom.

This gives the case a far more distinctive, high-end look than your average transparent case, and being from OtterBox you can trust that it’s well-built. In fact, it’s passed over 24 tests lasting more than 238 hours to ensure it offers maximum protection.

17. Nodus Shell iPhone X Case

A way to protect the rear

Colors: Brown, Black, Teal, Grey | Material: Leather

Unique design

Slim look

May need to buy screen protector

This leather case won’t take away from the bold look of the iPhone X’s almost bezel-less screen, as it just sits around the back and edges of the phone.

The Nodus Collection Shell case gives easy access to the lightning port as well as the silent switch on the side, while raised leather parts will allow you to change the volume easily.

18. Ullu SnapOn Case for iPhone X

A stylish case to fit most tastes

Colors: Blue Steel, Deep Sea, Indian Pink, Smoke Up, Knight Rider, Bloody Hell, Tangerine, Cowlick, Army Woodland, Oldie, Buck | Material: Leather

Looks good

Lots of color choices

Costs a lot

Offers less protection than some

If you want a high-end case for your high-end phone you could consider an Ullu SnapOn case, as these are made from real leather and have a classy, expensive look.

This is also a case that’s available in a wide range of colors, from fairly normal blacks and browns, to pink, tangerine and even one with an army camouflage design.

Being a leather case, it doesn’t have all the high-tech drop protection of something like the Urban Armor Gear case elsewhere on this list, but it will provide some protection and look good doing it.

19. Greenwich Horo Leather Folio Case

An expensive but premium choice

Colors: Blue/Black, Brown/Gold | Material: Leather

Premium look

Slim design

Very expensive

How about one of the most premium leather iPhone X cases on the market? The Greenwich Horo leather folio case looks phenomenal, but is a very expensive choice.

If you want to protect your phone and keep the high-end look of the iPhone X, this looks like it will be one of the best options money can buy.

20. iPhone X Leather Folio Case

Colors: Cosmos Blue, Taupe, Black, Berry | Material: Leather and microfiber

Full phone protection

Premium look

Very expensive

Wallet design means it’s thicker than some cases

This official Apple case is perhaps unsurprisingly one of the most expensive, but it goes some way to justifying the price tag, as it’s crafted from French leather, and unlike the Ullu case above it covers the front of the phone as well as the back, with a wallet-like design.

That means you get more protection and Apple’s also made use of the flap on the front by adding a couple of slots, which you can use to hold cash and cards.

The case will also wake your iPhone X up when you open it, and put it to sleep when closed, and it doesn’t prevent the phone from being wirelessly charged.

21. Besiva Swivel Ring case

Colors: Black | Material: Plastic and silicone

Handy ring

Solid protection

Only one color

Given the iPhone X’s astronomic price, you want to make sure your phone is protected from falls. All the better if you never drop it. That’s where Besiva’s Swivel Ring case comes in. It has a ring on the back that you can put a finger through, making it much hard to drop. The case features multi-layer protection as well, so even if you do drop it, it should be much less prone to serious damage.

22. Spigen Neo Hybrid Herringbone case

Slick design meets solid protection

Colors: Gunmetal, Burgundy, Jet Black, Pale Dogwood, Satin Silver | Material: TPU and PC

Elegant design

Affordable protection

No premium materials

The Spigen Neo Hybrid case offers a combination of hard and soft protection to keep you iPhone X safe from nicks and falls. And, it does all that with a slick design, combining grippy PU plastic with a herringbone pattern and hard PC with a metallic paint job. It offers design and protection both at an affordable price.

23. Otterbox Defender case

Defense against serious smartphone accidents.

Colors: Black, Realtree Xtra Camo, Max 5 Camo, Big Sur, Coral Dot, Purple Nebula, Stormy Peaks | Material: Plastic and rubber

Robust protection

Handy belt clip

Bulky, inelegant design

For serious protection, the OtterBox Defender Series of cases is an excellent choice. It combines several layers of soft and hard shells to protect your iPhone X from just about day-to-day accidents you might have with it. An attachable belt clip can also double as a stand, making the case that much more functional.


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Early screenings suggest Deadpool 2 is even better than the original

When Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters this May, it’ll be under a lot of pressure. That’s because the first entry was wildly successful, praised by critics and fans alike in what was the first smash hit R-rated comic book movie. Putting it mildly, that’s a lot to live up to, but the early buzz around the sequel says it is more than up for the task.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, early test screenings for Deadpool 2 have yielded raucous responses from audiences. Anytime a screening is held, audiences are asked to give the movie a score on a scale from one to 100. Two early screenings for the Merch with Mouth’s sequel earned a 91 and a 97. Two later screenings played two different cuts: one got a 98 and the other got a 94.

For comparison, Deadpool earned a score of 91 during its test screenings.

The studio is planning on using the cut that got the 98 score as the version that hits theaters, and that bodes very well for the success of Deadpool 2. The report stated during this particular screening, the atmosphere in the theater was electric. Audiences really got into the movie and absolutely loved it. 

Recently, Deadpool 2 underwent six days of reshoots in Vancouver to add more scenes that fall in line with the screening audiences liked.

Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters May 18. 


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Micromax invests in AI-based start-up ‘One Labs’, will pre-install app on its devices

Domestic consumer electronics manufacturers, Micromax today announced that they have invested in an AI (artificial intelligence) based startup One Labs, which has developed a Google Assistant like chat bot.

This move is concentrated on providing products and services that serve solution to the ever-changing consumer needs. One Labs has developed ‘inOne’ platform, which is an all-in-one stop for services like food, shopping, travel, deals, cabs and more. 

Further, One Labs has built an AI-enabled voice/chat bot solution named One Assistant. It bundles services available on ‘inOne’ in a virtual format. It is said that the ‘inOne’ assistant will come pre-installed on upcoming Micromax products.

With the partnership, it is quite evident that Micromax wants to experiment with new services to enhance the customer experience. This is not the first time that the company is joining hands in a bid to improve customer experience; Micromax has partnered with startups like Ixigo, Healthifyme, and others in the past as well.

The inOne ecosystem is filled with over 50 apps including – Zomato, Ola, Uber, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, Nearbuy, UrbanClap and BookMyShow. 


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PUBG is now available for iOS and Android

You can now take your obsession with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) anywhere thanks to a surprise launch on iOS and Android. The release comes just a few days after Fortnite: Battle Royale became available for iPhones everywhere.

According to the app’s listing, PUBG Mobile is an authentic port of the PC version, dropping 100 players onto a map filled with guns, vehicles, and body armor. PUBG fans will be happy to learn the map is Erangel, which is what the game launched with in Early access last year.

Players can play in squad, duo, or solo, just like the PC version. During our short time with the game, PUBG Mobile really does feel like an authentic port of the PC title; the controls can take some getting used to but the experience is surprisingly solid.

What’s said is PUBG Mobile is more enjoyable than the version currently available for the Xbox One, which is often so laggy it’s unplayable.

PUBG Mobile requires iOS 9.0 and an iPhones 5s or later, which covers a very large user base. Android users need Android 4.3 and up, the Google Play listing says. With Fortnite and PUBG fighting for battle royale supremacy, launching on mobile is a big deal.

Now, when is Fortnite and PUBG coming to the Nintendo Switch?


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