Moto Edge Plus may start Motorola’s comeback story on April 22

Motorola will finally reveal a new flagship phone at an event on April 22, according to an official tweet – and there’s a big chance it’ll be the Motorola Edge Plus we’ve heard about for months.

Details about the phone have leaked since February, when it was allegedly slated to be unveiled at MWC 2020 before that show was cancelled due to coronavirus. But rumors pointed to a revised launch date in April, and it seems Motorola is gearing up to unveil its new flagship phone. 

We’re not too surprised that Motorola waited this long, as other phonemakers have delayed their own announcements and reveals – we suspect the LG V60 was also slated to be revealed at MWC 2020 – and the Motorola Z4 had launched in May 2019.

And while we’ve heard a lot about the Motorola Edge Plus, the April 22 launch event could include the Motorola Edge, a version that may be smaller and lower-spec, much like the standard versions in other flagships.

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A new flagship…but not the Z-series?

Judging by all the leaks and rumors, the Motorola Edge Plus will be very unlike the Moto Z-series phones that came before. Instead of a smaller, more affordable handset with lower specs, the Edge Plus seems to be going full flagship. 

Sadly, it’s not compatible with Moto Mods, but it looks advanced in every other aspect: the display is somewhere between 6.5 inches and 6.8 inches with a 90Hz refresh rate, the triple rear camera includes a 108MP main shooter, and be 5G capable. It’ll also have a 3.5mm jack, if leaked renders are true.

In any case, the rumored Edge Plus suggests Motorola is getting into the flagship game with a strong contender to rival the Samsung Galaxy S20 and potential OnePlus 8 phones.


Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 launch likely on track as it could soon enter production

While Covid-19 has put a lot of smartphone launch dates in doubt, one that’s still seemingly on schedule is the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, as Samsung will reportedly start mass producing parts for the phone as soon as the middle of May.

That’s according to ‘industry sources’ speaking to ETNews (a South Korean site), who add that mass production of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 itself will start in June or July, ready for a launch in August – where we’re likely to see it land alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

As normal, we would take these claims with a pinch of salt, and even if mass production of parts is about to start, that doesn’t guarantee there won’t be delays further down the line. But another recent report also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 was on track for an August launch, so there’s a good chance we will see it then.

Larger and lighter

The industry sources contributing to this latest report also claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 has a similar design to the original Samsung Galaxy Fold, but with a larger main screen of around 8 inches (up from 7.3 inches), and a potentially reduced weight.

We’ve heard that screen size rumored before, and fully expect the Fold 2 to have a similar design to the original Galaxy Fold – especially since there’s now the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip for those who want a different foldable design. So these claims could well be accurate too.

We’re unlikely to know anything for certain for a good few months yet, but TechRadar will be sure to bring you all the credible leaks and rumors in the meantime.

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How to watch Killing Eve online: stream season 3 from anywhere

It’s back! Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve returns for a third season and its stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are still in the midst of their endless cat-and-mouse game. Ready to jump right back in? Here’s how to watch Killing Eve online and stream season 3 no matter where you are in the world.

Killing Eve season 3 cheat sheet

Killing Eve premiered in 2018 on the BBC and has already been renewed for a fourth season – so fans can rest assured that 2020 isn’t the last they’ll see of Eve and Villanelle…or could it be? Those keen to jump ahead in the plot can always look to the Villanelle novel series, by author Luke Jennings, which serves as the basis for Killing Eve as adapted and produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

It’s safe to say that Killing Eve was a critical hit when it was first released, one that was praised for the way to cleverly moulded classic elements of suspense with quirky dark humour – the latter being one of Waller-Bridge’s specialities. 

Prime example, when you see that the new episode of a BAFTA-winning TV show is called ‘Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey’ – who else could it really be?

Killing Eve season 3 reviews have been more mixed, but anyone who has gotten this far into the show will no doubt want to see what it’s like for themselves – and given the current circumstances in many countries around the world, what’s to stop you? 

In the US, it can still comfortably rival most of the best Hulu shows around – so follow our guide as we explain all the easiest ways to watch Killing Eve season 3 and stream the show online from anywhere in the world.

Watch Killing Eve online from outside your country

The coronavirus may have put old paradigms like holidays and work trips to bed temporarily, but the fact is international travel will one day resume in full – and you may even be stuck outside your country of origin, for whatever reason. If and when that’s the case, you could be forgiven for wanting a taste of home comforts, especially now. 

If that means streaming the services you normally would, geo-blocking can prove to be a major obstacle – but fortunately there’s an easy solution. Using a little handy trick, you can get around these pesky digital borders using a VPN. This will allow you to gain access to Killing Eve as it happens by changing your IP to your nation of residence. But which VPN is best for you? 

After extensive testing, our personal favourite is ExpressVPN, which lets you change your IP address on pretty much whatever device you have, be it laptop, mobile, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, games console, etc, so that it thinks it is in a different location.

We consider ExpressVPN to be the best because it’s so easy and straightforward. It also has very fast connections and watertight security. You can try it with a 30-day money back guarantee, or go for a much better value annual plan where there’s a massive 49% off and an extra 3 months free.

Once you have it, go ahead and open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ to virtually transport yourself home – it’s super easy to do. Once you’ve changed to an appropriate region, you just need to go to your home broadcaster and then you’re ready to watch all the Killing Eve action.

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How to watch Killing Eve season 3 online for free in the UK

The BBC is doubling-down on its digital credentials with Killing Eve season 3, airing the hit spy thriller on iPlayer before dropping it on terrestrial TV.

This means that in the UK you’ll be able to watch the first episode of Killing Eve season 3 online via the Beeb’s streaming service on Monday, April 13 – it should be uploaded by around 6am BST, we’re told, and subsequent episodes are expected to get the same release date and time.

It also means that a large number of people can watch Killing Eve for free – as all you need to stream iPlayer is a valid UK TV license. For more analogue types, Killing Eve season 3, episode 1 will be aired on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday, April 19.

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How to watch Killing Eve season 3 online in the US

The US has it even better than UK when it comes to watching Killing Eve season 3 online. That’s because the Beeb has given first dibs to its BBC America off-shoot – where the Killing Eve season 3, episode 1 release date is slated for 9pm ET / 8pm CT on Sunday, April 12. The only catch is you can also watch it on AMC at the same time.

The good news is that many cable packages offer these channels as part of their bundles – consult your local provider for details. But for cord-cutting types, the best option may be Hulu, which offers both!

The popular over-the-top streaming service offers packages starting from just $5.99 a month – and they include BBC America and AMC. Better still, you can take advantage of a FREE Hulu trial period to see if it’s right for you.

And remember, if you’ve mismatched a holiday or just so happen to be out of the US when you want to watch it – you can always use a VPN.

How to watch Killing Eve online in Australia

Aussies have it pretty sweet when it comes to where to watch Killing Eve – ABC’s iview streaming service promises the season premiere will be live for streaming on Monday, April 13 at 12pm local time.

And as ever, anyone who normally resides Down Under but finds themselves out of the country during this particularly difficult time can use a VPN to reconnect to the services and platforms they would normally use at home.

How to watch Killing Eve online: free streaming guide for seasons 1 and 2 

If you’re new to Killing Eve, then there are worse things to do during a global pandemic than watch the first two seasons of the hit show.

Anyone in the UK or the US has it good, as the BBC show is available on a number of convenient streaming services.

In the US, simply check out a FREE Hulu trial and you’ll get the first two seasons of Killing Eve. But do note that you’ll need its higher-end Hulu + Live TV package, which normally costs $54.99 a month but gives you on-demand and live access to loads of shows including Killing Eve – get a free Hulu + Live TV trial here

Although BBC America does also offer its own option for a free season 2 Killing Eve stream – as does AMC to the best of our knowledge.

In the UK, it’s all gratis provided you hold a valid TV license in the country – in which case just tune into BBC iPlayer and watch Killing Eve seasons 1 and 2 for free online.

If you’re in Australia, you can watch Killing Eve season 1 on Stan – but beyond that you’re looking at paying to buy the show via a platform like iTunes.


Ring updates its all-in-one security alarm system

A couple of years after the original Ring Alarm appeared, there’s a 2nd-gen edition on the way: it brings a sleeker, more streamlined design, and a one-button panic button to put you in touch with the emergency services.

Generally the new package is very much similar to the old one. It’ll detect motion, smoke, carbon monoxide and leaks for you, pinging your phone if it thinks there’s a problem and giving you peace of mind while you’re out.

Some of the functionality – including the emergency response shortcut – requires a Plus subscription plan on top of the hardware, which will set you back $10/£8 a month or $100/£80 a year.

As with the 1st-gen model, the 2nd-gen Ring Alarm lets you arm and disarm the system from your phone, can work with Alexa, and is compatible with any other bits of Ring kit you’ve got (like the Ring security cameras).

Safer, easier, more convenient

While existing owners of a Ring Alarm don’t really need to rush out and upgrade, the newer edition does have smaller motion detection and contact sensors that Ring says are easier to install.

“Now, more than ever, we expect technology to make our lives safer, easier, and more convenient, at an affordable price,”  says Ring in an announcement blog post. “At Ring, we believe your home’s smart security system should be no exception.”

Preorders for the system are open now, with shipping on April 29, and prices start at $199 for the 5-piece package. We can’t see the 2nd-gen system in the UK yet, but when it does arrive it’ll probably cost the same £199 and up that the current edition does. So far, the Ring Alarm isn’t on sale at all in Australia.

All-in-one security systems are growing in popularity, giving you everything you need to keep your home safe, but Ring isn’t your only option: the likes of Yale, SimpliSafe and several others will happily sell you a system too.


The DualSense PS5 controller is packed with fancy features – but they won’t get used

In a blog post that came seemingly out of nowhere, Sony finally revealed the new DualSense PS5 controller. It marks a radical departure from the DualShock 4, but the redesigned pad will share one thing in common with its predecessor – developers will continue to ignore almost all of its unique features. 

And that’s a shame, as the DualSense is stuffed full of exciting and potentially game-changing technology. Sony wants to tingle your fingertips and massage your palms in a variety of interesting ways using haptic feedback and adaptive triggers – and I’m all for it.

We’ve seen the tech used effectively in VR controllers, but if you’re new to haptic feedback it basically means you’ll feel more of what you see on screen – the sludginess as you drive a car through mud or the tension of pulling back a bow string as you shoot an arrow, for example.  

The problem is – and I hate to admit this – that these features will largely be ignored by everyone but Sony’s first-party studios. History has shown us time and time again that even if you design a console entirely around a distinctive input device (hello, Nintendo Wii), third-party developers will still find a way to ignore 95% of a controller’s special qualities.

Ignored and underused

Let’s take a look at the DualShock 4 as our primary suspect. It’s got a lovely light bar which can change color to reflect what’s happening in a game, such as flashing white if you’re using a torch, or turning red if your health is low. How many games use it in this way, though? The answer is: barely any.

Next up, the DualShock 4 touch bar. If you ever needed a more concrete example of developer apathy in full effect, it’s that battery-draining touch bar. We saw Killzone: Shadowfall, a PS4 launch title, use the touch bar in some interesting ways – as did Infamous: Second Son. But how many other games can you name that transform the experience in any meaningful way using this feature? Probably no more than a handful, because basically every game just uses it as an oversized map button. Brilliant.

What about the PS4 accelerometer? A feature that’s been around since the SixAxis controller, which launched with the PlayStation 3. When did you last play a video game that used the accelerometer for something other than a silly gimmick? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Features schmeatures

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But hold on. Maybe it’s because those features were rather superfluous. I mean, come on, a flashing light that you can’t even see most of the time? Who cares! Members of the court, may I present to you exhibit B: HD Rumble on Nintendo Switch.

The masters of cramming quirky technology down gamers’ throats, Nintendo always tries to introduce some bizarre new input system into their consoles. With Nintendo Switch it was no different. We were promised the sensation of feeling ice cubes in a controller – because of course we were. Despite the technology genuinely wowing in games like 1-2-Switch, it’s basically been ignored by even Nintendo themselves, and hasn’t come close to reaching the potential we were promised. 

Still in denial? Okay, let’s wrap this up with one more sorry example. You might not know this, but the Xbox One controller has impulse triggers. And they’re freaking awesome and never, ever get used.

Do yourself a favor and play any of the Forza Motorsport games on Xbox One and you’ll experience a fingertip-defining moment that will make every other racing game seem a little sad in comparison. The triggers rumble and respond according to where your tyres are on the track, so you can physically feel the sensation of a wheel locking up, moving over gravel and responding to torque. It’s so damn good, but clearly not a priority for any developers.

One feature fits all

So why does this worrying trend constantly happen? Truth be told, it all comes down to time and money. Video games are extremely expensive to make, and require a lot of resources to do so. There’s no monetary benefit to developers spending the extra time to code for features that are specific for one console. Occasionally it can happen, but it’s an anomaly. 

The odds are stacked against the DualSense controller, then. There’s no doubt that we’ll see some truly awe-inspiring moments from Sony’s first-party studios (firing Aloy’s bow in Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 is a given for the adaptive triggers), but try not to feel too disappointed if half the time these features come as a pleasant surprise, rather than a new standard moving forward.


Microsoft Surface Go 2 could be about to launch

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 could be about to go on sale, at least according to the latest from the rumor mill.

According to insider sources who spoke to MS Power User, Microsoft is about to reveal the Surface Go 2 in the ‘coming weeks’, and the expectation is that the refreshed convertible will go on sale in May.

Obviously this is just speculation, but there are reasons – and sound ones – for believing a launch to be on the near horizon.

Firstly, it was previously rumored that Microsoft would be holding a Surface event in the spring of 2020, although that was seemingly scuppered by disruption from the coronavirus outbreak.

The expectation is that we will still get a launch, albeit an online one, and this is backed up by the fact that the existing Surface Go is now sold out on the Microsoft Store (with inventory likely to be cleared before the launch of a new model). That’s in the US, mind – the UK store does still have some stock left, although not of the cheapest entry-level model.

It’s also been almost two years since the Surface Go was first announced in July 2018, so it’s about time Microsoft revamped the tablet.

Finally, in recent times, we’ve seen several leaks pertaining to what are supposedly Surface Go 2 devices, the latest of which came courtesy of a 3DMark benchmark.

Spec speculation

We were truly impressed with the original Surface Go as a more affordable option for a modern Surface device, but sadly our excitement over the sequel has been dampened somewhat given the rumored specs.

The CPUs which will allegedly be used in the new Surface Go 2 include the Pentium 4425Y and Intel Core m3-8100Y, which are relatively outdated models at this point (the latter is two-years-old, an 8th-gen part). So, in short, we aren’t expecting great things in terms of a performance upgrade.

That said, the Surface Go is made as an affordable device, and as such, the specs are never going to set the world on fire – although if the grapevine is correct, there will at least be an option for a Core CPU this time around. There will also be LTE and non-LTE variants, as before.

One thing we can keep our fingers crossed for is that if it is indeed incoming, the Surface Go 2 will hopefully take a leaf out of Microsoft’s recent Surface products (excepting the Surface Pro 7), and be more thoughtfully designed when it comes to repairs.