GONE are the days of watching films and shows solely on your telly, replaced by Netflix binges on your blower or laptop. But nothing can truly match the big screen experience – which is why mobile mirroring is the one smartphone trick every gadget addict should master. With it, you can project what you're watching on your smartphone on to your much larger telly, making it perfect for streaming movies, showing off your holiday pics and even playing games. The easy-to-use feature is already available on a growing number of set-top boxes, smart TVs, consoles, and dongles – here's how to use it:How to mirror your smartphone on Smart TVs You can beam your smartphone display on to a bunch of compatible smart TVs through the HDMI port labelled MHL (which stands for mobile high-definition link). All it takes is a cheap MHL cable that turns your mobile's connection to an HDMI connection: plug the USB-C side into your phone and the other end into the TV's HDMI input. And voila, … [Read more...] about How to mirror your iPhone or Android phone’s screen on your TV
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Here’s where you can find all the best Amazon Prime Day 2018. We’re just over halfway through the year, which means it’s time for Amazon’s annual Prime Day. It all began back in 2015 as a way to mark the site’s 20th anniversary, and after a number of repeats over the years we’re looking forward to an exciting two days of crazy discounts. Amazon Prime Day is like Black Friday, except that only one retailer is participating and it’s restricted to online deals only, which at least means it reduces your chances of getting crushed in a sale-related stampede by manic shoppers. Prime Day is a day (and a half) of flash sales that will seduce you into opening up your wallet and blowing a load of cash all over the shop. There are deals to be had on everything you care to think of as Amazon streamlines its inventory. Amazon Prime Day officially begins on July 16 at 3PM ET on Amazon.com and 12PM on Amazon UK. A number of early deals have already gone live … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Day 2018: best gaming deals, tech offers and more
Nintendo's Switch has carved out a sizeable share of the gaming market by offering something genuinely unique - a state-of-the-art handheld that also doubles up as a decent home console. Despite a spec disadvantage in terms of pure performance, it's been a genuine pleasure to chart the progress of the console. When we first saw it way back in January 2017, it was easy to dismiss it as a portable Wii U. Now we know it's much, much more - and its success begs the question: could Sony or Microsoft follow suit with console hybrids of their own?Well, if we're talking about complete compatibility with the existing PS4/Xbox One software, the answer is fairly straightforward - it's much easier to scale up a mobile device to run on a living room flatpanel than it is to take a traditional console and scale it down to run on the go. And in actual fact, this 'mobile first' strategy isn't exactly exclusive to Nintendo - the Maxwell technology on which the Tegra X1 is based was built from the ground … [Read more...] about In Theory: Could Sony produce a PS4 Switch-style console hybrid?
Shadow is a streaming service that grants you access to a full-on, high-end Windows 10 PC in the cloud. This means that you can stream PC games from a gaming rig located on a remote server to any cruddy old computer you have lying around. While this might sound a little like the now defunct OnLive service, OnLive was marred by issues like heavy compression, latency, and poor game selection. Shadow, developed by the Blade Group, has largely mitigated most of these problems. And since it streams a full-on desktop PC and not just a curated library of games, you could also use it to launch all your Steam games and for productivity tasks like video editing. In addition, you can stream it to numerous devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, MacBooks, and more. Shadow suggest that the PCs in its server farms are the equivalent to a $2,000 gaming PC. The monthly subscription service starts at $35 per month, and might be a compelling option given the current cost-prohibitive price of GPUs … [Read more...] about Can You Replace Gaming PCs With Shadow Cloud Gaming?
Cloud gaming has become a bit of a dirty word these days. There have been plenty of people who have tried their hand at it over the years, promising high-end, lag-free gaming without the need for all that bulky, costly hardware, but most (*cough*Gaikai*cough*OnLive*cough*) have ended up on that age-old trash heap of crushed dreams and broken promises, their meagre uptake prompting them to disappear back into the ether almost as quickly as they appeared. This time, though, Nvidia might have finally cracked it, as the beta for their GeForce Now streaming service has finally arrived on PC in Europe and North America. It’s free, uses your very own game library and their respective cloud saves, and, whisper it, it’s actually pretty good. So rejoice all you laptop and creaking PC people whose rigs would probably faint at even the slightest suggestion of running something like Doom or Shadow of War at Ultra quality settings and 60fps. Your time in the gaming big leagues … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s GeForce Now PC beta is much better at cloud gaming than you think