Author - Anshul Gautam

Samsung Gear 360 review!!

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PROS:
1. Portable Design
2. Easy to use
3. Reliable companion app

CONS:
1. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone compatibility only
2. Fiddly tripod alternative

WHAT IS SAMSUNG GEAR 360(2017)??

Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung has overhauled its Gear 360 camera for 2017, adding some useful features, reducing the bulk and adding iPhone compatibility.
Altogether, the Samsung Gear 360 offers a far more refined experience than its predecessor, and for significantly less money. It delivers the best experience from a consumer-oriented 360-degree camera without breaking the bank.

DESIGN AND CONTROL

The first Samsung Gear 360 had a large spherical shape to it, with a pair of tripod legs that screwed into the bottom. In that sense it looked a lot like the DOkiCam I reviewed recently. For its second-gen model, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board and delivered a device that incorporates a natural handgrip.
It makes for a much more compact design, providing something that will much more easily slip into a pocket than the bulbous first-gen model. As you’d expect, its design is dominated by a pair of large lenses designed to capture the world from opposing viewpoints.
The Gear 360 has an almost all-white design, and it looks great. It’s lighter than the original, weighing around 130g. It has a plastic body that feels reasonably rugged but it’s not something you’ll want to throw around with impunity; this is not an action camera. It does at least have IP53 dust- and water-resistance, however.
On the back – and there is a back – you’ll find a small LCD display and a shutter button within easy reach. The display will tell you what mode you’re in, and how much footage or how many still images you can capture, as well as remaining battery life. It’s easier to make sense of than many other 360 cameras I’ve tested that only have basic LED indicators.
One annoyance, however, was that the display doesn’t let you know if you’re set to single or dual lenses, or at least doesn’t make it obvious at a glance. On one occasion I thought I was capturing the world in glorious 360-degrees but it was set to only one of the cameras – which was a massive disappointment.
The top of the lenses has a pair of LEDs that glow green when the camera is in standby and red when it’s shooting video. They’re pretty easy to see so you know the camera is recording. Handily, there’s also another blue LED on the side that lets you know when a smartphone is connected to the camera.

SAMSUNG GEAR 360 APP

The companion app, which is available on iOS or Android (only compatible with Galaxy phones) is well designed and easy to navigate. The camera pairs with your phone through a Wi-Fi connection, which is stable and reliable.
You’re then able to use the app as a live view of the camera’s sensors and can flip between different view modes on the fly, such as Standard or Round, which is similar to the Tiny Planet setting you’ll find on other cameras. You can also opt for a split view, giving you separate perspectives from each lens or only capturing from one lens. In this latter mode the Gear 360 operates like any other camera but with the slightly wider field of view like a GoPro.

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EU Slaps a Fine of $2.7 billion on Google!!



The European Union(EU) slapped a record $2.7 billion anti-trust fine on Google, dealing a fresh blow to the U.S. tech giant and risking the anger of U.S. president Donald Trump. “The European Commission has fined google $2.7 billion for breaching EU anti-trust rules” a statement said.

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In 2009, barely few years after they had started a price comparison site called Foundem, Shivaun and Adam Raff moved the European commission with a complaint against Google. Their plaint was that the internet search giant had favored its own shopping service in search results, buying that’s of the rivals.

ON Tuesday, almost eight years after the Raff’s complaint, the Commission decided to slap a record fine of about $2.7 billion, concluding as it put in a release, that “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another product, its comparison shopping service”.

The case had seemed poised for an amicable settlement in early 2014, when Google agreed to display the links of rivals alongside its own. Joaquin Almunia, its then competition commissioner, noted in a release that “Google has finally accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search service on the page, the services of rivals will be displayed in a comparable way”. This was not before indicating that he was for settling this issue through ensuring binding commitments rather than an adversarial path.

Mr. Almunia couldn’t get this deal ratified and before long, his terms came to an end. Public opinion in Europe around this time, media reports note, turned against Google. In the backdrop of, among other things, Edward Snowden’s revealations that the National Security Agency in the U.S. had tapped the German Chancellor’s phone. Also, by this time, the number of official complaints against Google had increased to 19, as a 2015 reports noted. The list of complaints included Microsoft, Consumer review site Yelp and travel site Expedia.

Within six month of taking over, Margrethe Vestager sent Google a statement of objections, a formal step in antitrust investigations. This was a reversal of the path taken by her predecessor Mr. Almunia, that decision marks a culmination of that process.

MORE CASES OVER GOOGLE

Two more cases against Google are still being investigated. One is related to Android. A release note

That “the commission is concerned that Google has stified choice and innovative in a range of mobile apps and services on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in general internet search”

The Second one is Adsense, “where the commission is concerned that Google has reduced choice by preserving third party websites from sourcing search ads from Google’s competitors.

PETYA ransomware : Things You Need To Know !!

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WHAT IS RANSOMWARE??

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it.

HOW DOES T WORK??

When a computer is infected, the ransomware encrypts important documents and files and then demands a ransom, typically in Bitcoin, for a digital key needed to unlock the files. If victims don’t have a recent back-up of the files they must either pay the ransom or face losing all of their files.

HOW DOES PETYA RANSOMWARE WORKS??

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The Petya ransomware takes over computers and demands $300, paid in Bitcoin. The malicious software spreads rapidly across an organization once a computer is infected using the EternalBlue vulnerability in Microsoft Windows (Microsoft has released a patch, but not everyone will have installed it) or through two Windows administrative tools. The malware tries one option and if it doesn’t work, it tries the next one. “It has a better mechanism for spreading itself than WannaCry”, said Ryan Kalember from cybersecurity company Proofpoint.

WHERE IT STARTED??

The attack appears to have been seeded through a software update mechanism built into an accounting program that companies working with the Ukrainian government need to use, according to the Ukrainian Cyber Police. This explains why so many Ukrainian organizations were affected, including government, banks, state power utilities and Kiev’s airport and metro system. The radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl was also taken offline, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels at the former nuclear plant’s exclusion zone.

HOW FAR IT HAD SPREAD??

The “Petya” ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms in Europe and the US, including the advertising firm WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. The food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper, Danish shipping and transport firm AP Moller-Maersk and Heritage Valley Health System, which runs hospitals and care facilities in Pittsburgh, also said their systems had been hit by the malware.

It initially looked like Petya was just another cybercriminal taking advantage of cyberweapons leaked online. However, security experts say that the payment mechanism of the attack seems too amateurish to have been carried out by serious criminals. Firstly, the ransom note includes the same Bitcoin payment address for every victim – most ransomware creates a custom address for every victim. Secondly, Petya asks victims to communicate with the attackers via a single email address which has been suspended by the email provider after they discovered what it was being used for. This means that even if someone pays the ransom, they have no way to communicate with the attacker to request the decryption key to unlock their files.

Here’s a summary of the NotPetya outbreak:

  • The malware uses a bunch of tools to move through a network, infecting machines as it goes. It uses a tweaked build of open-source Minikatz to extract network administrator credentials out of the machine’s running memory. It uses these details to connect to and execute commands on other machines using PsExec and WMIC to infect them.
  • It also uses a modified version of the NSA’s stolen and leaked EternalBlue SMB exploit, previously used by WannaCry, plus the agency’s stolen and leaked EternalRomance SMB exploit, to infect other systems by injecting malicious code into them. These cyber-weapons attack vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft earlier this year, so the credential theft is usually more successful, at least at places that are on top of their Windows updates.

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Sony HT-ST5000 review!!

PROS:

  1. Dynamic, Exciting performance
  2. Excellent clarity with High-Res audio
  3. Premium Build Quality
  4. Powerful bass

CONS:

  1. Dolby Atmos doesn’t Surround
  2. Short on streaming services
  3. Very Expensive

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar
  2. Subwoofer
  3. High Res-Audio compatible
  4. Three 4K HDMI inputs
  5. Google Chromecast built in

WHAT IS THE SONY HT-ST5000??

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Don’t bother with the HT-ST5000 is you’re nursing a budget 40-inch telly. This is a full-width (1.18m) flagship sound bar that’s unashamedly ostentatious. Headline attractions include Dolby Atmos  compatibility, High-Res Audio support, Bluetooth and Chromecast Built-in. It’s comfortably the most feature-laden sound bar Sony has ever produced

SONY HT-ST5000 DOLBY ATMOS SOUNDBAR – BUILD QUALITY AND CONNECTIVITY

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The fabric cover is removable so that you can admire the drivers. A pair of gold-rimmed, high frequency tweeters sit left and right, while a tweeter flanked by mid-range squawkers takes center stage. Top mounted, behind metal grilles, are up firing Dolby-enabled speakers for Dolby Atmos and Surround duties.

Even the wireless subwoofer, usually a cosmetic afterthought with 2.1 packages, is suitably premium. No mere MDF box, it features a forward-facing grille, matte lid and sits on a stylished plinth. Inside, there’s a forward-forward facing driver and large downwards-facing passive radiator. During setup it connects automatically with the sound bar, a green LED glowing in confirmation.

Connectivity is generous. Look to the rear and you’ll find four HDMIs, one ARC-enabled. All support HDCP 2.2 for 4K sources.

There’s also provision for an optical digital audio connection, stereo via minijack and ethernet. Wireless credentials include dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth with LDAC (Sony’s own high-bandwidth protocol). If you’re wondering where the USB port is, it’s hidden on the right edge of the bar.

SONY HT-ST5000 DOLBY ATMOS SOUNDBAR – FEATURES

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Functionality mimics that of an AV receiver. This is reflected by a tiled user interface which lists input options, plus connected home network devices. The Music Service List actually comprises just Spotify and Chromecast Built-in (formerly known as Google Cast).

Unlike the average AVR, though, the system doesn’t come with any calibration mic. There are some settings you can modify, such as Distance, Level and ceiling height, but it’s very much plug and play.

While the HT-ST5000 is clearly intended to be used with High-Res Audio content, you can upscale compressed audio using Sony’s mildly effective DSEE HX processor. There’s also a DRC (Dynamic range compression) control, but this should be left off. A range of rather well-designed audio presets can be applied to all sources.

SONY HT-ST5000 DOLBY ATMOS SOUNDBAR – PERFORMANCE

Sony HT-ST5000

Seismic. Sublime. Sort-of-surroundy. All these can be used for the HT-ST5000. It is, by and large, a beautiful-sounding audio system, able to create a wide, stereophonic sound field.

It should be stressed that Dolby Atmos here is not directly comparable to that from an AV receiver running speakers in a 5.1.2 (or greater) configuration. Dolby itself refers to Atmos as an ‘experience’ that adapts to the hardware it plays on – and that’s what you get.

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Best Free Antivirus 2017 : Avast, AVG, AVIRA!!!!

DETECTION ENGINES:

The key part of any antivirus software is its detection engine. Such engines use a vast library of data on known threats and compare it to the files on your computer and web pages to see if they look like, or behave like, threats. Detection engines are at the core of most antivirus companies’ business, and you’ll generally find that a company’s free product uses the same engine as its paid-for version, although the latter may be equipped with additional features, such as firewalls and system optimisation tools.

Modern antivirus software constantly monitors your PC and scans software, files and websites in real-time to detect potential threats, but you can still run manual and scheduled scans for extra peace of mind. By default, most AV programs run an optimised scan that checks the files most likely to have been compromised. By comparison, running a more thorough scan will take longer; our reviews list the amount of time a full scan takes to run on a freshly installed Windows 7 system with two 2.1GHz Xeon cores and 8GB of RAM.

1.Microsoft Windows Defender

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Microsoft Windows Defender – the default free antivirus tool built into Windows 7 and above – has historically been a decidedly no-frills option when it comes to malware defence. But it actually provides a reasonable level of protection on those systems that you haven’t had time to install anything else. Low-power systems that lack the resources to run extra software in the background also benefit.

FEATURES:

While previous versions simply reported on Defender’s protection status, let you run scans and little else, the new Windows Defender Security Centre provides access, settings and reports for multiple modules to do with the security of your PC. The homescreen provides an overview of your protection status, including when Defender last updated itself and scanned for malware.

It also now includes dedicated tabs for different features. Virus and threat protection is home to your usual quick, full and custom scans, plus a new, intensive offline scan mode in its advanced options, designed for hard-to-remove threats. You can also manually update virus definitions and enable or disable options such as cloud-based protection and real-time protection.

The device performance and health section monitors anything that might go wrong with your system over time and offers up a ‘Fresh Start’ option that reinstalls Windows while retaining your files and most of your settings. Firewall configuration and control is now easy to find in its own tab, where you open ports, configure notifications, and set different settings for private and public networks.

There’s no indication that the underlying virus databases and heuristic scanning rules used by Defender have changed relative to previous versions, so the results from AV-TEST and SE Labs in recent months can still be regarded as representative. However, with Microsoft now positioning Defender as a fully fledged security centre, we’ll be watching for potential performance improvements with interest.

PROTECTION AND PERFORMANCE:

Windows Defender uses the same malware detection engine as Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, and AV-TEST and SE Labs’ results were obtained from that version. It put in an impressive performance in AV-TEST’s recent real-world testing, scoring 100% in both January and February.

When it came to detecting malware in a reference set of samples, it picked up 99.3% in January and 99.6% in February. It also did well in AV-TEST’s false-positive test, with only three false detections from over a million samples of benign software. It scored 84% in SE Labs’ live malware exposure tests, and avoided most false positives, giving it an overall score of 94%.

While AV-TEST found that Security Essentials under Windows 7 had a notable impact on system performance, giving it a score of 5 out of 6, in our simple performance test of a PC running Windows Defender with real-time protection enabled it produced a small performance boost when compared to other free antivirus suites. Running a full malware scan on our reference system took a somewhat extended 32mins 33secs.

        2.AVAST FREE ANTIVIRUS

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Avast’s Free Antivirus product has been slimmed down and polished up since we last reviewed it in summer 2016. A clean, dark interface sits nicely with the general look and feel of Windows 10’s Modern UI, but won’t look too out of place on a Windows 7 desktop, either.

FEATURES:

A status screen shows whether you’re currently protected and lets you instantly run an optimised Smart Scan. At the top right, you can sign into your Avast account – but the company has finally dispensed with its requirement that users register for an annual free licence to use it. Now ‘registration of the latest version of Avast Free Antivirus is no longer necessary.’

We’re pleased to see this, since the registration requirement made the program rather unfriendly for inexperienced computer users, who were easily confused by the difference between a free registration and upgrading to one of Avast’s paid-for versions.

Avast still shows that its free product has only a one-month licence, although this is now being updated on a rolling basis so you’ll still receive updates even if you don’t register.

The company informs us that all traces of the old registration system will be removed in the near-future, and that they can safely be ignored for now. If you have other devices running Avast products, registering them all to the same account will allow you to view the protection status of them all, but provides no other major benefits.

Adverts for Avast’s paid-for products are unobtrusive. They concern adding features such as a firewall, data shredder, system cleanup utility, a VPN and a sandbox mode that allows you to run suspicious programs in a virtual environment, cut off from your main PC.

PROTECTION AND PERFORMANCE:

Avast performed well in the latest virus protection tests carried out by both AV-TEST and SE Labs, identifying 100% of malware in two of AV-TEST’s real-world exposure tests, and 100% and 99.9% in successive months’ tests against a reference set of recent viruses, earning it a 6 out of 6 protection score from the testing firm. AV-TEST saw only a single false positive in a set of more than a million tests, netting the firm another 6 out of 6 score.

Avast was the best-performing free antivirus package in SE Labs’ real-world detection tests, protecting against 87% of malware in a challenging live test environment that included both general threats and targeted attacks. However, a couple of false positive responses to legitimate software gave it a relatively low total accuracy rating of 92%.

        3.AVIRA FREE ANTIVIRUS 2017

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Avira comes with a range of extra features that are all accessible via the Avira Connect utility, which lives in your notification area and is designed to provide quick access to everything.

It shows your protection status, with tabs displaying any other devices you may have associated with your Avira account – assuming you’ve signed into it – and one that gives you the option of upgrading the free tools to one of Avira’s paid services. Quick-access buttons allow you to rapidly enable a VPN or run a quick virus scan.

FEATURES:

The complete set of Avira Connect tools includes Free Antivirus, a password manager; the free version of Avira Phantom VPN and System SpeedUp; and, optionally, Avira’s SafeSearch Plus sponsored search engine. You can use the latter as your browser’s default search and it will show only links that Avira as passed as safe – but we don’t generally recommend restricting your results by using sponsored search services of this kind. Plus, Google has become pretty good at eliminating dangerous links, so this addition seems overkill.

While these services and extensions are available by default when you install Avira Free, you can remove those that you don’t want to cut down on clutter. That includes the Avira Connect application itself – so if all you want is antivirus, you can make sure that’s all you have. This is worth keeping in mind if you want to use Avira on an older or less powerful PC.

Open up Free Antivirus and you’re presented with a slightly old-fashioned, cluttered but clearly labelled interface, from where you can run scans and enable and disable various modules. Unfortunately, in general the interface feels sluggish and slow to respond, particularly when it comes to options that spawn new windows.

Since this is the free version of Avira, numerous options are greyed out. For example, only default Internet Protection is available, without dedicated Web Protection or Mail Protection options, and there’s no pop-up-free Game mode in this version.

PROTECTION AND PERFORMANCE:

The Avira malware-detection engine scored well in AVLabs’ January and February 2017 tests, with 98.9% and 98.1% in real-world live malware-exposure trials, and 99.8% and 99.9% detection rates when scanning a reference set of recent malware. This earned it an AV-TEST protection score of 5 out of 6. It reported no false positives during AV-TEST’s latest test.

Avira is one of the most lightweight free anti-malware programs in terms of its impact on system performance. AV-TEST gave it a performance score of 5.5 out of 6. Meanwhile, our CPU-Z benchmark performance on a 2.1GHz dual-core system with 8GB of RAM revealed that only Microsoft’s integrated Windows Defender had less of an impact on system performance. A full system scan took 26mins 20secs.

Avira provides effective malware protection and is less of a resource hog than many of its free and paid-for rivals, making it a great choice for older PCs – particularly those running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, which don’t have access to the improved Windows 10 Creators Update version of Windows Defender.

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LG Signature OLED 65G7V Review!!

        PROS:

  1. Stunning HDR and SDR performance
  2. Strong audio performance
  3. Lovely design
  4. Sound bas can be folded for wall mounting
  5. Wide HDR compatibilty

          CONS:

  1. The Price Tag
  2. LCD TVs are brighter

        KEY FEATURES:

  1. 4K resolution
  2. 65-inch OLED panel
  3. HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG Technicolor
  4. 4.2 channel, 80W sound system
  5. 4 X HDMI
  6. Manufacturer : LG

WHAT IS LG OLED 65G7V??

LG doesn’t hand out its ‘Signature’ badge very often. That’s because it’s reserved for VIPs: the best tech the company can muster. Last year, only the LG G6 OLED TV achieved Signature status.

Now we have its successor, the LG G7 (full name, LG OLED65G7V). And while it’s no longer the only TV to get a Signature badge this year – the wallpaper-thin LG W7 OLED shares the honour – the G7 boasts a much-improved picture performance.

Let’s be up-front about this – this is the luxury option. This is LG showing off and making a statement, and so it comes with an proportionately large price tag.

If you want this picture quality, but you don’t want the price, consider other 2017 LG OLED TVs, which offer more humble aesthetics. The LG B7 and LG C7, for instance, retail for £4499 at 65 inches.

So why might you want to pay an extra £2500 for the LG G7? It boils down to a really fancy design with an integrated and foldable sound base. That won’t be enough to justify it for most people, but buyers who want the absolute pinnacle of LG design won’t be disappointed.

LG OLED 65G7V DESIGN

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The LG OLED65G7V is easily one of the most beautiful TVs I’ve ever reviewed.

That’s quite an achievement for a recycled design – I say that because at a glance the G7 OLED looks identical to the G6, and it appears the only thing that has changed is the panel technology. That’s no bad thing, because the G6’s design was so nice that I welcome the chance to see it again.

The most striking thing here is the ‘Picture-on-Glass’ concept, which is exactly what it sounds like: a super-thin OLED panel mounted on a sheet of glass. I took the various cards out of my wallet and found the TV is roughly the thickness of seven cards. That’s pretty amazing.

There is a thicker protrusion towards the bottom, but here it’s a lot less pronounced than on LG’s other OLED TVs. That’s because most of the electronics are housed in the chunky speaker base stand.

There you’ll find all the connections (four HDMI, three USB) along with a 4.2 channel, 80W sound system. If you want to keep the ultra-slim design uninterrupted, and wall-mount it, the whole assembly folds back on a hinge and tucks behind the screen.

LG OLED 65G7V FEATURES

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LG tells me the design and audio elements are the only things that differentiate its 2017 OLED models. They’re all equipped with same panel, the same chip, processing and filters. That means you get the same picture whether you get the more affordable B7 and C7 models or go the whole hog and buy a W7.

So, this is what you get if you buy an 2017 LG OLED TV. First off, there’s a 10-bit OLED panel with a 4K/Ultra HD resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels). It’s flat, because LG reckons there is no longer any demand for curved screens. I’m sure Samsung would have something to say about that. LG also feels there’s no need to offer 3D anymore, so that’s gone too.

On the software side, the G7 runs on version 3.5 of LG’s excellent webOS interface. LG was the first to come up with a truly modern smart TV experience, and webOS remains the best on the market. There’s a handy launcher bar, which lets you look at your apps without making you quit what you’re currently watching. There’s a multi-tasking feature, which lets you jump between apps and inputs as easily as you might change TV channels. There’s a mouse-like cursor on the screen, controlled by a motion-sensitive remote.

Version 3.5 of webOS doesn’t rock the boat, but it does have some nice additions. You can now map your favourite apps to numbers on the remote – Netflix on speed dial, essentially. It’s also now compatible with 360-degree video clips. App support is generous and offers all the essentials: Netflix, Amazon Video, NOW TV, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.

LG OLED PERFORMANCE

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LG has been pushing OLED far longer than anyone else – and it even supplies OLED panels to other manufacturers – so it’s safe to say the company knows what it’s doing.

These days, strong contrast and lighting precision is to be expected of OLED. The way the pixels turn themselves on and off individually means there’s zero chance of light bleeding from one area into another – even if you have very bright areas right next to very dark areas. Whatever you throw at this TV, it will display without any hint of light pollution.

That’s never been a problem with OLED, but brightness has always been an issue. It’s not just a matter of peak brightness, but rather the range of luminance the TV can operate in. As this is a brighter panel, LG has more room to manoeuvre, and the effect is a noticeable improvement on last year’s OLEDs.

For starters, the sound base isn’t like proper Atmos sound systems, which typically bounce effects off your ceiling to simulate the sensation of sound from above. True Dolby Atmos sound should leave you in bubble of sound with super-precise sound effects placement, and that just isn’t happening here.

Then there’s the matter of sources. The TV decodes Dolby Atmos, but only from USB or streamed sources – not Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray. That’s a shame, because Dolby Atmos soundtracks are by far more common on disc, and it would make sense for a premium sound system to handle sound from premium formats.

Best Graphic Cards: Best Gaming GPUs!!

Picking a graphics card for your PC doesn’t have to be difficult; you simply have to work out your overall budget and what sort of games you want to be playing. The graphics card you buy should fit into a balanced gaming PC, so it’s worth checking our Best Gaming PC build guide for examples of balanced specifications that prioritise gaming at each price point.

Manufacturer’s cooler designs will also affect performance, but only by single-digit percentage points – this is especially true of cheaper cards. With more expensive GPUs card manufacturers push the boat out, throwing clever fans and software into the mix and offering up higher clock speeds, which can make a difference.

Things to look out for on each card include (in order of importance):

  • Length of warranty
  • Price
  • Overclocking
  • Fan noise
  • Visual flare
  • Extra cooling fans

1.NVIDIA GFORGE GTX 1050

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We weren’t expecting the GTX 1050 to be particularly good value, but at the time of review – and up against AMD’s excellent RX 460 – it just about did enough to stay ahead. With prices starting at £110, it’s £20 more expensive than the cheapest RX 460s. However, the benefits are that you get a much smaller board, lower power consumption and better performance. If your budget will stretch to the GTX 1050, it’s worth it for that.

It performed well in our benchmarks, topping 250fps in CS:GO, 112fps in Overwatch, and it even managed 46fps in Hitman at Medium settings. For eSports players who like to dabble in a bit of AAA gaming, it’s a good card.

The limitation is memory: in this day and age 2GB is probably too little, so be sure to check out the minimum requirements of new games carefully before you buy.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. PCI-E bus powered
  2. Great Full HD performance in basic games
  3. 2GB memory

2.NVIDIA GFORGE GTX 1050 TI

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

If the brilliant-value RX 480 is too expensive for you, the GTX 1050 Ti is the next best thing. It may not possess the outright power of its more expensive rivals, but if you’re simply after a card that can play games at Full HD then you’ve little reason to look elsewhere.

With such low power consumption, it will slot into practically any PC with a spare PCI-E slot and provide an instant boost to gaming power, taking your average pre-built office PC from dull to epic in a matter of seconds.

Don’t expect the world, though. You’ll need to tweak graphics settings in some games (or use Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software to find the ideal graphics settings) down to Medium, as we found in our review. But for the money, it’s hard to complain.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Lower power consumption
  2. 1080p gaming experience
  3. 4GB GDDR5 memory

3.AMD RADEON RX 570

AMD Radeon RX 570

The RX 570 is a minor improvement to the RX 470 we reviewed in 2016. It has slightly higher clock speeds and lower power consumption when not in use. It’s largely identical to its predecessor, however, so anyone running a 470 needn’t worry.

In terms of performance, expect to run the latest games in Full HD at High and Very High settings. We saw 90+fps in the likes of Battlefield 1 at High settings in Full HD.

It’s now on a level with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in some benchmarks, and with 4GB and 8GB models available as well as loads of different cooler designs, it’s a great buy if you can grab one for under £190, you’ll be getting a decent deal. But if you can spend a little more, consider an RX 580 instead as the two are priced very closely.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Capable full HD experience
  2. 4GB or 8GB GDDR5 memory
  3. Same GPU as RX 470

4.AMD RADEON RX 580

RX 580

A minor update to the RX 480, the 580 is the new graphics card of choice for those with a budget of between £190 and £220. It’ll play the latest games at maximum settings in Full HD, and you can drop to High if you fancy some 1440p action. It’s very similar to the RX 480, and is based on the same GPU. So don’t eliminate AMD’s 400-series GPUs from your shortlist.

There’s a variety of third-party GPU options available, with various levels of overclocking and lots of different cooler designs. It’s a bit of a power hog, however, and you’ll seldom find a compact version of the RX 580.  It’s here, where the more efficient GTX 1060 rules the roost, with near-identical performance at a competitive price, Nvidia’s mid-range offering is better for that Mini-ITX build you’ve always wanted to do.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. 8GB or 4GB GDDR5 memory
  2. Same GPU as RX 480
  3. Full HD and 1440p gaming

5.NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060

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Nvidia’s third-tier GPU is very competitive, going toe-to-toe with the AMD Radeon RX 580. It has slightly less memory, with 6GB of GDDR5 on board instead of AMD’s 8GB, but the GPU itself is slightly more powerful. Prices have stabilised in recent months and the GTX 1060’s pricing is almost on a par with the 8GB RX 580. Considering it’s  a little faster in some games, the raw bang-for-buck figure is quite appealing, especially when picking the 6GB model.

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Games 2017 : You should Give a TRY!!!!

Nevertheless, following hours and hours of gameplay, RETOLIFE has put together a list of our top ten favourite multi-platform games that you can play right now. Naturally, as new games launch and fresh in-office debates kick off, this list will adapt. For now, however, the titles featured here are the ones we feel are the best of the best.

  • DISHONOURED 2

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Dishonored 2 is Arkane’s finest work to date and offers an amazing, expansive experience.

Arkane aims to deliver a game in the vein of old-school experiences such as Doom, where nothing is linear and the game world is a playground with myriad solutions to any problem – and it pulls this off spectacularly.

  • OVERWATCH

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Blizzard doesn’t make bad games. In fact, it makes consistently brilliant games, and Overwatch is one such example of that.

The team’s first stab at the FPS genre has become a huge hit – even a year on from its launch, people eagerly await new skins to unlock for their favourite heroes. It’s proved a smash with the eSports crowd to boot, making longevity for the game unquestionable.

Blizzard does a great job of remaining committed to the title too, with regular updates and fresh content to keep players invested in the addictive gameplay and brilliantly balanced action. The developer also does well to welcome new players, offering a smoother learning curve than other shooters.

Yet to play Overwatch? What are you waiting for!?

  • THE WITCHER 3 :  WILD HUNT

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CD Projekt Red has created a technical and creative masterpiece in the Wild Hunt.

This is a game that offers compelling stories in almost every quest. Whether in the main story or the briefest of side missions, Geralt’s story is simply one you cannot miss.

A deep and engaging RPG that will intrigue all players, knowledge of the previous two entries is beneficial but not essential, since the developer does a great job of crafting a standalone narrative for new players.

Also, Wild Hunt manages to include an incredibly addictive mini-game in the form of Gwent, which has since spawned its own dedicated free-to-play game.

  • GRAND THEFT AUTO V

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Although technically launching on the previous generation of consoles, Grand Theft Auto V didn’t fully come into its own until it became available on the PS4Xbox One and the PC.

GTA V tells a brilliantly madcap tale while following three bonkers lead characters; the player is able to switch control across all three on-the-fly at any time during the story.

Rockstar’s recreation of Los Angeles is the ultimate playground for troublemakers, giving you the freedom to do pretty much anything you want – including hijacking planes, tanks and automobiles.

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  • ROCKET LEAGUE

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Rocket League started as a title in Sony’s PlayStation Plus’ monthly lineup and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon.

Achieving millions of downloads and still going strong, the football-meets-racing car multi-player is as replayable now as it’s always been – and it’s so much fun to play.

It’s crazy to think that even in 2017, with thousands upon thousands of games to play, there’s nothing quite like Rocket League on the market, which only adds to its appeal.

  • BATTLEFIELD 1

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Eyebrows were raised when Dice announced it was returning to The Great War for its next entry in the Battlefield franchise, but the apprehension was short-lived, as Battlefield 1 is the best first-person shooter this generation has seen.

Providing incredibly epic multi-player set-pieces, the best single-player campaign since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and graphics (particularly on PC) that are simply breathtaking, this is an experience that has to be played. Plus, with a steady stream of expansion packs over this year, there’s even more of it to enjoy.

 

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