Top 5 best video conferencing services of 2017

Video is a great way to enhance communications across a business with colleagues and clients. And adopting more videoconferencing can save your business money. According to research from LyteSpark, businesses across the UK could save (on average) £27,000 per year (around $33,000, AU$43,000) on business trips.

Today there are a raft of videoconferencing applications to choose from. Gone are the days when conference calls needed complex dial-up procedures and login numbers.

In this guide we’ve chosen five of the best videoconferencing services that offer a range of features, from fast start to enterprise applications that enable you to hold large meetings from dedicated conferencing rooms. No matter what your needs or your budget, you can start using videoconferencing today.

Anyone who has used the consumer version of Skype will feel right at home with Skype for Business. As a replacement for Microsoft’s Lync, the videoconferencing application is pitched at Office 365 users. Being able to jump onto a video call with clients or colleagues from within Outlook makes the whole experience seamless.

As a meeting tool it offers the ability to use a digital whiteboard and also access standard Microsoft Office documents. And if you need enterprise-level SharePoint and Exchange support, this is readily available.

The core aim of LyteSpark is to remove the complexity of hosting a videoconference. Completely hosted, there is no need to download and install any specialist apps, or circulate dial-in numbers. Simply give your ‘room’ a name and you are instantly ready to invite colleagues or clients into your conference.

The ability to open and create new Microsoft Office documents on the fly makes this system effortless to use. And if your business has adopted Slack as its comms tool, the integration with LyteSpark will add video as a rich communications channel.

As one of the leaders in videoconferencing, WebEx is aimed at larger businesses even though it has a free plan that enables just two people to connect for free. The WebEx Meeting Centre is infinitely more useful, as you can set up personalised videoconferencing rooms.

The application offers VoIP audio and integration with MS Outlook on Windows or Mac platforms. If you are new to videoconferencing and VoIP for that matter, beginning with WebEx and then graduating to WebEx Meetings, and subsequently onto WebEx Meeting Centre is a logical progression.

As part of the GoTo suite of applications that includes GoToWebinar and GoToTraining, the meeting component offers easy switching between the types of meeting you want to hold. If you have experience of any of the other products in the suite, adding video is a breeze and requires a very shallow learning curve.

With desktop and mobile equally supported and integration with standard office applications, GoToMeeting is a middleweight videoconferencing service that small businesses in particular will find a great boon to their communications across teams and with clients and customers.

All of the latest videoconferencing applications strive to remove any technical hurdles that might trip up the user. Not having to install apps or plugins, or remember dial-in codes and phone numbers is what makes Join.me a powerful and attractive way to get into videoconferencing for the first time.

You can try the system out with ten other people for free before opting for a premium service. It’s also the ability to share documents (including Evernote) that makes this offering a very practical way into videoconferencing for smaller businesses in particular.

      

Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy receive approval for energy purchasing agreement

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved a contract establishing a new standard of collaboration to promote renewable energy and protect ratepayers

SEATTLE — July 13, 2017 — On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) announced that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) has formally approved a new contract that will allow Microsoft to directly purchase clean energy to power its 15 million-square-foot Puget Sound region campus.

The terms of the contract stipulate that Microsoft will buy only carbon-free energy; purchase renewables at a level greatly in excess of the Renewable Portfolio Standards percentages established by the Washington Energy Independence Act (I-937), more than doubling that standard in 2021; and take significant actions to protect ratepayers, including payment of a substantial transition fee and ongoing funding for conservation and low-income programs. Microsoft will continue to utilize PSE’s distribution system.

“This agreement is good for our business, but more important it’s good for residents, the environment and the state of Washington,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft. “Once the transition is complete, the vast majority of our Puget Sound campus will be powered solely by carbon-free fuels. This contract is a helpful innovation in meeting the demand for renewable energy in a way that protects other energy consumers.”

“The energy needs of our customers are unique,” said Kimberly Harris, president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy. “Our history of working with our customers and the WUTC to advance innovative rate ideas includes responding to the 2001 energy crisis with a new structure for large customers to manage their own power, current offerings like the Microsoft contract, our Green Direct program for commercial and municipal customers, and our Solar Choice option for residential customers. We’re proud to be a part of Microsoft’s response to renewable energy demands, and we’re proud to be part of the lives of our million-plus customers across Western Washington.”

The agreement is the result of several years of collaborative work between the company and utility provider. The agreement covers approximately 80 percent of Microsoft’s total energy load in the Puget Sound area; the remaining 20 percent will continue to be serviced by PSE. In addition, PSE will also continue to provide distribution and related services to Microsoft, which will remain one of PSE’s largest customers.

About Puget Sound Energy
The people of Puget Sound Energy are proud to serve our neighbors and communities with electricity and natural gas in 10 Washington counties. For more information, visit www.PSE.com. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information, press only:
Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications for Microsoft, (425) 638-7777, rrt@we-worldwide.com
Puget Sound Energy Media Relations, (888) 831-7250

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Google Earth wants you to upload your own photos and videos one day

Google Earth is expanding its Voyager feature, which shows special videos and photos attached to specific spots around the globe, to one day include content from the public.

Announced during a special event in Brazil, Google parent Alphabet Inc. hopes to open up Google Earth to include photos, videos, stories and other contributions from regular users within the next two to three years, according to Reuters.

By pinpointing locations that have special meaning to them, users could theoretically write a story about their experience at that very spot, complete with photos and video for others enjoy.

“The story of your family history, the story of your favorite hiking trip — it could be anything,” says Google Earth Director Rebecca Moore. “It doesn’t have to be profound.”

Coordinating coordinates

Currently, Google Earth’s Voyager feature supports documentary-style specials ranging from footage of national parks to tours led by famed primate researcher Jane Goodall.

By opening up to the public, the amount on content on Voyager could increase exponentially — but it could also Google Earth up to some concerning scenarios.

Keeping user-generated Voyager content from going rogue could become a Herculean task, as Google’s moderators would have to scan a planet’s worth of posts to ensure no one abuses it for harassment, especially doxing via pinpointing a person’s home or work address without consent.

That said, the possibility of having users worldwide pepper a virtual Earth with shared memories, stories, trivia, tourist insight and more could stand to make the world feel more like the shared space it is — we’ll just have to see what Google does to make that a good experience later down the road when it launches Voyager’s public posting feature.

      

Switching to the NBN? This infographic will help

NBN Co has been achieving milestones every month – by the last week of May, 5.03 million premises had connected to the national broadband service and by earlier this month, 50 per cent of the country had been hooked up.

“5.7 million Australian homes and businesses [are] now able to order a service from their retailer,” said NBN Co. Despite that broad availability, however, less than half of these premises have actually adopted an NBN connection.

So while the service may be approaching readiness for the average Australian, it seems the average Australian isn’t quite ready for the NBN.

To prepare potential new customers for the arrival of the NBN, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, or ACCAN, has put together an infographic that explains the five things consumers need to know when switching from their traditional broadband connection to the NBN, as well as how to deal with installers.

Courtesy ACCAN

      

Black Friday 2017 for business: everything you need to know about B2B deals

Don’t think that Black Friday is a purely consumer-focused event. Increasingly over the past few years, startups, micro-enterprises and small businesses have benefited from the massive price cuts that happen around this period.

This could save them thousands of Pounds off products and services they would normally have bought anyway; savings are often amplified by the sheer number of employees that benefit from price cuts.

That’s a massive boost to the bottom line and profitability; Black Friday is not restricted to Friday 24 (yes that’s when it happens in 2017). Amazon, which popularised the concept in the US, has already confirmed that Black Friday sales will last two whole weeks.

Black Friday tech deals: Laptops

  • Cheapest Core i3 laptop. Lenovo B50-50 Core i3 laptop with 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Was £339.98, now £289.97, a saving of £50. Purchase it from Laptops direct now or with a 500GB hard drive from BT for £280.
  • Cheapest Core i7 laptop. HP 250 G5 Laptop with Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. This business laptop costs £469 with free delivery, a saving of £130. Get it now from Ebuyer.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Type Cover Bundle. Intel Core i5-6300U, 128GB storage. Was £958.99, now £699, a saving of £260. Get this deal from Currys on eBay.
  • HP ProBook 440 G3 Laptop. 14-inch Full HD display, Intel Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Was £549.99, now £449.99, a saving of £100 or 18%. Ebuyer is the place to head for this deal.
  • Acer ES15 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Pentium 3558U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk. Was £279, now £199, a saving of £80 or 28%. Head over to Tesco to grab this notebook.
  • HP 250 laptop with 15.6-inch display, Pentium N3710 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive. Was £399, now £260, a saving of £139 or 35%. Buy it straight from Ebuyer.
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S convertible tablet with keyboard and 128GB storage. Was £849.99, only £549.99 with free delivery. A saving of £300 or 35%. Check out this deal at Currys.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard, Intel Core M3-6Y30, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage. Was £799.99, now £549.99, save £250 or just over 30%. Buy it from Amazon (or the Microsoft Store has it for £599).
  • MSI GT62VR 6RD-014UK workstation with an Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, 15.6-inch FHD IPS screen. Only £1,559.99, was £1,699.99, save £140. Grab this deal from Overclockers.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 510 15.6-inch laptop with full HD display and 1TB hard disk drive. Was £459.99, now £299, a saving of £160.99 or 34%. Get this deal at Currys.
  • Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible Laptop. Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13-inch QHD+ touchscreen. Was £1,099.95, now £699.95, a saving of £400. Nab this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Acer Aspire E5-773g laptop with 17.3-inch full HD screen, Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £800, now £639.95, a saving of £160 or 20%. You can get this deal from John Lewis here.
  • HP 15-ay103na Laptop. 15.6-inch, Core i3-7100U processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £599, now £399, with a £200 discount applied using the e-voucher code BLACK3 at checkout. Snare this deal from HP’s online store here.
  • MSI Titan SLI GT80S 6QE-039UK 18.4-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 980M 8GB. Was £2,975, now £2,250, a saving of £725. Laptops Direct has this offer right here.
  • Asus X555LA Full HD 15.6-inch Laptop. Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £449.99, now £299.97, a saving of £150. You’ll find this deal at Currys here.
  • PC Specialist Defiance III BD15-XS 15.6-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz CPU, 16GB, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB . Was £1,705, now £1,530, a saving of £175. Grab this deal over at Laptops Direct.
  • Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop. 15.6-inch Full HD display, AMD A12-9700P quad-core, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £459.95, now £329.95, a saving of £130. John Lewis is offering this deal here.
  • Acer TravelMate B117-M-C80X 11.6-inch laptop. Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Was £269.98, now £199.97, a saving of £70. This deal is over at Laptops Direct.
  • Acer CB5-571 15.6-inch Chromebook. Intel Celeron 3205U processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, offers up to 9 hours battery life. Was £229.99, now £199.99, a saving of £30. Snag this discounted Chromebook from Currys.
  • Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-inch laptop. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, with a 3840 x 2160 resolution display. This notebook has been discounted by 26% down to a price of £1,199.97. You’ll find this deal over at Laptops Direct.
  • MSI Titan Pro GT73VR 6RF-220UK 17.3-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 1080 8GB. Was £2,750, now £2,350, a saving of £400. Get this offer from Laptops Direct.
  • HP 255 G5 15.6-inch laptop. AMD A6-7310 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, DVD rewriter, Windows 7 Professional. Was £362.97, now £279.97, a saving of £83. This offer comes courtesy of Laptops Direct.
  • Asus K501UQ 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics. Was £749.99, now £699.97, a saving of £50. Bag this deal from Amazon here.
  • Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 10.1-inch 2-in-1 convertible. Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage. Was £499.99, now £399.99, a saving of £100 or 20%. You’ll find this offer over at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Desktop PCs and servers

Black Friday tech deals: Printers

  • HP M477fnw LaserJet Pro Multi-Function Colour Laser Printer with free delivery. Was £274.98, now £193.99 after cashback, a saving of £81 or 30%. Buy it from Ebuyer.
  • Dell C1760NW Wireless Colour Laser Printer with a free paper ream. Was £109.98, now £89.99, a saving of £19.99 or 18%. You can get this deal from Ebuyer.
  • Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One Wireless Printer and Fax Machine. Reduced to £85, a saving of 40%. Get this deal from John Lewis here.
  • HP Officejet Pro 6960 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax. Was £109.99, now £69.99, a saving of £40, plus there’s a 10% discount code (PRINTER10) at checkout and £20 cashback available to make the total outlay £42.99. Get this deal from PC World.
  • HP Envy 5646 All-in-One Wireless Printer. This MFP allows you to print, scan and copy, and it comes with two months of HP Instant Ink. Was £99.95, now half-price at £49.95. Score this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Samsung ProXpress M3320ND A4 Mono Laser Printer. Free 8GB memory stick, also ships with 3k toners. Was £138, now £78 (a saving of £60 which you get via cashback). Hop on over to Printerland to benefit from this offer.
  • Canon Pixma MG4250 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet A4 Colour Printer. Was £47.49, now £34, a saving of £13.49. This offer comes courtesy of Tesco.
  • HP Envy 4524 All-in-one wireless inkjet printer. Comes with 5 months free instant ink. Was £49.99, now £35, a saving of £14.99 or 29%. Check out this deal at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Broadband

  • BT’s cheapest unlimited deal. Unlimited BT Broadband + unlimited UK weekend calls for £22.99 a month inc. line rental. £9.99 upfront. Save £120 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest unlimited fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls for £27.99 a month inc. line rental. £59.99 upfront. Save £144 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest combo fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls + BT TV Entertainment Starter for £29.99 a month inc. line rental. £69.99 upfront. Save £166 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • Relish 4G unlimited wireless broadband (with a refurbished modem) costs only £15 per month on a 12-month contract. That’s a massive 25% saving or £60 over the duration of the contract. You will need to check your coverage first though. Check out the deal at Relish.

Take a look at the best Black Friday VPN deals.

Black Friday tech deals: Software

  • With the release of the new version of Internet Security, BullGuard will be offering 40% off Antivirus, 70% off the new Internet Security and 70% off the new Premium Protection from Monday 22 to Friday 27.
  • Incredible Mac bundle. Get Parallels, 1Password, PDFpen, Pocket Premium, Kaspersky Internet Security and many more Mac apps for only £34.99, a saving of nearly 90% or £344. Only a few days left on this one – you can grab it direct from Parallels here.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Photoshop CC plus Lightroom (12-Month Licence). Reduced to £69.99 at Amazon.
  • Mega virtualisation bundle. VMWare is offering savings of 40% on new Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro licenses and upgrades till November 27. New customers can also save 30% on Fusion and Workstation player, a staggering 50% on Fusion Pro/Workstation Pro bundle, a whopping 55% on Fusion vs Parallels and 25% on VMWare certification and training discount. Get it here.
  • Nuance has Black Friday deals on OmniPage Ultimate and PaperPort Professional 14, which have had price cuts of 30% and 50% respectively. Grab OmniPage Ultimate for £120 here (a saving of £50), and get PaperPort Professional 14 for £50 here (that’s half price).

Black Friday tech deals: Web hosting

  • Save a massive 50% off your business hosting packages with UK2.net. A year’s worth of WordPress Hosting costs only £59.82 excluding VAT as part of their autumn deal.

Black Friday tech deals: Miscellaneous offers

  • BlackBerry Priv Android business smartphone. Was £549, now £288, a saving of £261 or 48%. Available directly from BlackBerry online.
  • Asustor AS-304T 4 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage. Was £260, now half price at £130. You’ll find this deal at Box here.
  • Netgear R7000-100UKS Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit 11AC router. Was £199.99, now £129.99, a saving of £70 or 35%. Grab this offer from Amazon.
  • Asus RT-AC51U Dual-Band Wireless AC750 Cloud Router 802.11ac. Was £44.79, now £25.99, a saving of £18.80 or 42%. Buy this router from Amazon here.
  • Packt will be offering 50% off everything on its site until Monday. The deal includes everything from eBooks and videos to Mapt Pro Annual Subscriptions. Grab yourself a half-price bargain here.
  • Vistaprint is offering discounts of up to 60% across its entire site via the promo code VP2911. This offer, which you can avail yourself of here, ends on November 29.
  • EE Osprey 2 Mini Mobile Wi-Fi with 6GB 4GEE Data. This mobile Wi-Fi solution lets you connect up to 10 devices online simultaneously. Was £80, now £40, half-price. Grab this deal from Ryman.co.uk here.
  • Netgear GS208-100UKS Desktop Switch. This is an 8 port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch ideal for home and small office networks. Was £24, now £14, a saving of £10 or 42%. Head on over to Amazon for this deal.
  • HP Pavilion 24xw monitor. 23.8-inch IPS LED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two HDMI ports, 1 VGA port. Was £149.99, now £99.99, a saving of £50. Head over to PC World to get this offer.

Buying for business on Black Friday?

If you or your company are planning to purchase technology or office products during the Black Friday promotions, here are a few hints.

1. Have a product hit list

Businesses, big or small, usually have a list of technology products either listed on a “want” memo or a “to be refreshed” spreadsheet. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to tick products off those two lists, helping businesses save money. If possible, have the exact URLs of the items themselves. Bookmark these and any alternatives should your first choice be unavailable.

2. Ask your suppliers

Openly query retailers on their marketing plans for Black Friday, either over Twitter or Facebook. Chances are they this request may get momentum from other potential customers as well. Vendors are more than happy to disclose information this way.

3. Software and services

Hardware deals are the most popular on Black Friday but the best deals are likely to be on software and services because margins are usually higher on these. Black Friday is an excuse for providers to shore up new customers with exclusive, so keep a close eye on potential deals on broadband, security and VPN deals.

4. Be wary about availability

Bear in mind that stocks are always very limited on Black Friday deals so the likelihood of bulk purchasing 10 or 20 units of a particular laptop model, for example, is likely to be prohibited by the retailer.

5. Beyond Black Friday

Keep an eye on Small Business Saturday, a scheme launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small local businesses by buying from them. There’s also Cyber Monday which takes place three days after Black Friday. At least two retailers told us they won’t be doing Black Friday and will focus on Cyber Monday instead.

What Black Friday business deals will be listed here?

Visit Techradar’s main Black Friday page for even more deals

      

B2B Black Friday 2017: everything you need to know about business deals

Don’t think that Black Friday is a purely consumer-focused event. Increasingly over the past few years, startups, micro-enterprises and small businesses have benefited from the massive price cuts that happen around this period.

This could save them thousands of Pounds off products and services they would normally have bought anyway; savings are often amplified by the sheer number of employees that benefit from price cuts.

That’s a massive boost to the bottom line and profitability; Black Friday is not restricted to Friday 24 (yes that’s when it happens in 2017). Amazon, which popularised the concept in the US, has already confirmed that Black Friday sales will last two whole weeks.

Black Friday tech deals: Laptops

  • Cheapest Core i3 laptop. Lenovo B50-50 Core i3 laptop with 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Was £339.98, now £289.97, a saving of £50. Purchase it from Laptops direct now or with a 500GB hard drive from BT for £280.
  • Cheapest Core i7 laptop. HP 250 G5 Laptop with Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. This business laptop costs £469 with free delivery, a saving of £130. Get it now from Ebuyer.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Type Cover Bundle. Intel Core i5-6300U, 128GB storage. Was £958.99, now £699, a saving of £260. Get this deal from Currys on eBay.
  • HP ProBook 440 G3 Laptop. 14-inch Full HD display, Intel Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Was £549.99, now £449.99, a saving of £100 or 18%. Ebuyer is the place to head for this deal.
  • Acer ES15 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Pentium 3558U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk. Was £279, now £199, a saving of £80 or 28%. Head over to Tesco to grab this notebook.
  • HP 250 laptop with 15.6-inch display, Pentium N3710 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive. Was £399, now £260, a saving of £139 or 35%. Buy it straight from Ebuyer.
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S convertible tablet with keyboard and 128GB storage. Was £849.99, only £549.99 with free delivery. A saving of £300 or 35%. Check out this deal at Currys.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard, Intel Core M3-6Y30, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage. Was £799.99, now £549.99, save £250 or just over 30%. Buy it from Amazon (or the Microsoft Store has it for £599).
  • MSI GT62VR 6RD-014UK workstation with an Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, 15.6-inch FHD IPS screen. Only £1,559.99, was £1,699.99, save £140. Grab this deal from Overclockers.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 510 15.6-inch laptop with full HD display and 1TB hard disk drive. Was £459.99, now £299, a saving of £160.99 or 34%. Get this deal at Currys.
  • Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible Laptop. Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13-inch QHD+ touchscreen. Was £1,099.95, now £699.95, a saving of £400. Nab this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Acer Aspire E5-773g laptop with 17.3-inch full HD screen, Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £800, now £639.95, a saving of £160 or 20%. You can get this deal from John Lewis here.
  • HP 15-ay103na Laptop. 15.6-inch, Core i3-7100U processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £599, now £399, with a £200 discount applied using the e-voucher code BLACK3 at checkout. Snare this deal from HP’s online store here.
  • MSI Titan SLI GT80S 6QE-039UK 18.4-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 980M 8GB. Was £2,975, now £2,250, a saving of £725. Laptops Direct has this offer right here.
  • Asus X555LA Full HD 15.6-inch Laptop. Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £449.99, now £299.97, a saving of £150. You’ll find this deal at Currys here.
  • PC Specialist Defiance III BD15-XS 15.6-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz CPU, 16GB, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB . Was £1,705, now £1,530, a saving of £175. Grab this deal over at Laptops Direct.
  • Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop. 15.6-inch Full HD display, AMD A12-9700P quad-core, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £459.95, now £329.95, a saving of £130. John Lewis is offering this deal here.
  • Acer TravelMate B117-M-C80X 11.6-inch laptop. Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Was £269.98, now £199.97, a saving of £70. This deal is over at Laptops Direct.
  • Acer CB5-571 15.6-inch Chromebook. Intel Celeron 3205U processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, offers up to 9 hours battery life. Was £229.99, now £199.99, a saving of £30. Snag this discounted Chromebook from Currys.
  • Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-inch laptop. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, with a 3840 x 2160 resolution display. This notebook has been discounted by 26% down to a price of £1,199.97. You’ll find this deal over at Laptops Direct.
  • MSI Titan Pro GT73VR 6RF-220UK 17.3-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 1080 8GB. Was £2,750, now £2,350, a saving of £400. Get this offer from Laptops Direct.
  • HP 255 G5 15.6-inch laptop. AMD A6-7310 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, DVD rewriter, Windows 7 Professional. Was £362.97, now £279.97, a saving of £83. This offer comes courtesy of Laptops Direct.
  • Asus K501UQ 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics. Was £749.99, now £699.97, a saving of £50. Bag this deal from Amazon here.
  • Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 10.1-inch 2-in-1 convertible. Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage. Was £499.99, now £399.99, a saving of £100 or 20%. You’ll find this offer over at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Desktop PCs and servers

Black Friday tech deals: Printers

  • HP M477fnw LaserJet Pro Multi-Function Colour Laser Printer with free delivery. Was £274.98, now £193.99 after cashback, a saving of £81 or 30%. Buy it from Ebuyer.
  • Dell C1760NW Wireless Colour Laser Printer with a free paper ream. Was £109.98, now £89.99, a saving of £19.99 or 18%. You can get this deal from Ebuyer.
  • Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One Wireless Printer and Fax Machine. Reduced to £85, a saving of 40%. Get this deal from John Lewis here.
  • HP Officejet Pro 6960 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax. Was £109.99, now £69.99, a saving of £40, plus there’s a 10% discount code (PRINTER10) at checkout and £20 cashback available to make the total outlay £42.99. Get this deal from PC World.
  • HP Envy 5646 All-in-One Wireless Printer. This MFP allows you to print, scan and copy, and it comes with two months of HP Instant Ink. Was £99.95, now half-price at £49.95. Score this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Samsung ProXpress M3320ND A4 Mono Laser Printer. Free 8GB memory stick, also ships with 3k toners. Was £138, now £78 (a saving of £60 which you get via cashback). Hop on over to Printerland to benefit from this offer.
  • Canon Pixma MG4250 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet A4 Colour Printer. Was £47.49, now £34, a saving of £13.49. This offer comes courtesy of Tesco.
  • HP Envy 4524 All-in-one wireless inkjet printer. Comes with 5 months free instant ink. Was £49.99, now £35, a saving of £14.99 or 29%. Check out this deal at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Broadband

  • BT’s cheapest unlimited deal. Unlimited BT Broadband + unlimited UK weekend calls for £22.99 a month inc. line rental. £9.99 upfront. Save £120 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest unlimited fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls for £27.99 a month inc. line rental. £59.99 upfront. Save £144 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest combo fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls + BT TV Entertainment Starter for £29.99 a month inc. line rental. £69.99 upfront. Save £166 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • Relish 4G unlimited wireless broadband (with a refurbished modem) costs only £15 per month on a 12-month contract. That’s a massive 25% saving or £60 over the duration of the contract. You will need to check your coverage first though. Check out the deal at Relish.

Take a look at the best Black Friday VPN deals.

Black Friday tech deals: Software

  • With the release of the new version of Internet Security, BullGuard will be offering 40% off Antivirus, 70% off the new Internet Security and 70% off the new Premium Protection from Monday 22 to Friday 27.
  • Incredible Mac bundle. Get Parallels, 1Password, PDFpen, Pocket Premium, Kaspersky Internet Security and many more Mac apps for only £34.99, a saving of nearly 90% or £344. Only a few days left on this one – you can grab it direct from Parallels here.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Photoshop CC plus Lightroom (12-Month Licence). Reduced to £69.99 at Amazon.
  • Mega virtualisation bundle. VMWare is offering savings of 40% on new Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro licenses and upgrades till November 27. New customers can also save 30% on Fusion and Workstation player, a staggering 50% on Fusion Pro/Workstation Pro bundle, a whopping 55% on Fusion vs Parallels and 25% on VMWare certification and training discount. Get it here.
  • Nuance has Black Friday deals on OmniPage Ultimate and PaperPort Professional 14, which have had price cuts of 30% and 50% respectively. Grab OmniPage Ultimate for £120 here (a saving of £50), and get PaperPort Professional 14 for £50 here (that’s half price).

Black Friday tech deals: Web hosting

  • Save a massive 50% off your business hosting packages with UK2.net. A year’s worth of WordPress Hosting costs only £59.82 excluding VAT as part of their autumn deal.

Black Friday tech deals: Miscellaneous offers

  • BlackBerry Priv Android business smartphone. Was £549, now £288, a saving of £261 or 48%. Available directly from BlackBerry online.
  • Asustor AS-304T 4 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage. Was £260, now half price at £130. You’ll find this deal at Box here.
  • Netgear R7000-100UKS Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit 11AC router. Was £199.99, now £129.99, a saving of £70 or 35%. Grab this offer from Amazon.
  • Asus RT-AC51U Dual-Band Wireless AC750 Cloud Router 802.11ac. Was £44.79, now £25.99, a saving of £18.80 or 42%. Buy this router from Amazon here.
  • Packt will be offering 50% off everything on its site until Monday. The deal includes everything from eBooks and videos to Mapt Pro Annual Subscriptions. Grab yourself a half-price bargain here.
  • Vistaprint is offering discounts of up to 60% across its entire site via the promo code VP2911. This offer, which you can avail yourself of here, ends on November 29.
  • EE Osprey 2 Mini Mobile Wi-Fi with 6GB 4GEE Data. This mobile Wi-Fi solution lets you connect up to 10 devices online simultaneously. Was £80, now £40, half-price. Grab this deal from Ryman.co.uk here.
  • Netgear GS208-100UKS Desktop Switch. This is an 8 port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch ideal for home and small office networks. Was £24, now £14, a saving of £10 or 42%. Head on over to Amazon for this deal.
  • HP Pavilion 24xw monitor. 23.8-inch IPS LED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two HDMI ports, 1 VGA port. Was £149.99, now £99.99, a saving of £50. Head over to PC World to get this offer.

Buying for business on Black Friday?

If you or your company are planning to purchase technology or office products during the Black Friday promotions, here are a few hints.

1. Have a product hit list

Businesses, big or small, usually have a list of technology products either listed on a “want” memo or a “to be refreshed” spreadsheet. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to tick products off those two lists, helping businesses save money. If possible, have the exact URLs of the items themselves. Bookmark these and any alternatives should your first choice be unavailable.

2. Ask your suppliers

Openly query retailers on their marketing plans for Black Friday, either over Twitter or Facebook. Chances are they this request may get momentum from other potential customers as well. Vendors are more than happy to disclose information this way.

3. Software and services

Hardware deals are the most popular on Black Friday but the best deals are likely to be on software and services because margins are usually higher on these. Black Friday is an excuse for providers to shore up new customers with exclusive, so keep a close eye on potential deals on broadband, security and VPN deals.

4. Be wary about availability

Bear in mind that stocks are always very limited on Black Friday deals so the likelihood of bulk purchasing 10 or 20 units of a particular laptop model, for example, is likely to be prohibited by the retailer.

5. Beyond Black Friday

Keep an eye on Small Business Saturday, a scheme launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small local businesses by buying from them. There’s also Cyber Monday which takes place three days after Black Friday. At least two retailers told us they won’t be doing Black Friday and will focus on Cyber Monday instead.

What Black Friday business deals will be listed here?

Visit Techradar’s main Black Friday page for even more deals

      

The Very sale is on, here are our five favourite deals from ‘Pink Weekend’

The new Very sale is live and there are some excellent bargains to be had in the ‘Pink Weekend’ event. We’ve had a deep dive through the latest deals and have highlighted our favourite picks across a few categories that we hope you’ll find useful.

To make sure you’re getting the best deal though, we’ve compared and double-checked the newly discounted prices at Very.co.uk with other retailers too, in order to make sure these are the cheapest offers and you’re not missing out on a better deal. Deals are live now and will end July 17. If you’d like to see the full collection of deals, head on over to the Pink Weekend Very Sale homepage.

TechRadar’s top five deals in the Very sale

HP Stream X360 2-in-1 laptop £199.99 (save £20)
Available in purple or blue, this stylish 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid is ideal for users with modest needs. Maybe you just need something to do a bit of work on and browse the internet? You’re also getting a year of free access to Office 365 Personal. Very’s sale sees the price go £20 cheaper than the nearest competitor, Currys.

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner £259.99
Very may well be claiming a £189 saving compared to its usual price, but compared to the other retailers, this is only about £20 cheaper than the next best deal from the Dyson store. Still, given the expensive nature of these excellent vacuum cleaners, we’ll take any discount we can get, especially at this time of year. Very has a few more discounts on the pricier models too if you fancy a bigger upgrade. Here’s a link to the other Dyson deals.

Black or White PS4 Slim with FREE game £229.99
Very has a few decent PS4 Slim deals at the moment, especially if you’re not bothered about huge multi-game bundles. Follow the link above and there are multiple single-game bundles with the likes of WipEout: Omega Collection, Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Ratchet & Clank and Horizon: Zero Dawn. The cheapest PS4 we’ve seen on its own this weekend is £224, so getting one with one of these games for a few quid more looks like a great deal to us.

GHD IV Styler £79
GHD are one of the UK’s most popular brands in hair straighteners and they can be more than a little pricey. Very has knocked a massive £30 off today though meaning you can get one of the best devices around for straightening and curling your hair. We’d be surprised if stock lasted throughout the weekend to be honest and you could be waiting until Black Friday to see a price this good again. Update: Amazon has just price-matched this GHD IV Styler deal, but both retailers are way cheaper than other UK stores.

Candy Smart Touch CS492D3W 9KG load washing machine £199.99
We know, not exactly exciting, but we’re hoping you’ll find this one useful. We’re highlighting this washing machine deal because this is incredibly cheap for a 9KG capacity washer – that allows for a serious amount of clothing and is a solid pick for family homes. The same model is £229.99 at Argos. Head on over to Currys and you’ll find the 9KG washing machines cost £249.99 and upwards.

More from Very’s Pink Weekend Sale

Want to see what else is on for Very’s Pink Weekend sale? Take a look at the links below as we’ve broken the sale into different categories for you to get straight to the things you might be interested in. Fingers crossed you get a great deal.

      

The best free security software 2017

Reliable antivirus is essential for any internet-connected PC, but you can bolster your protection with additional security software that runs alongside it.

Your security software should also protect you from malware – programs that don’t behave like viruses, but are nevertheless a nuisance and a threat to your security. All it takes is forgetting to uncheck a box when you download an otherwise legitimate program, and your PC is compromised.

Your main security software must provide real-time scans to help you avoid an infection in the first place, but on-demand scanners also have their place, identifying and removing any malicious software if your PC has started to behave strangely.

Your online accounts are a particularly juicy target for criminals too, so it’s also wise to use a password manager to create strong logins and store them in a secure vault.

We’ve ranked the best free security software in order of priority, starting with strong general purpose packages, through to preventative tools for specific threats. Combining several of these will enable you to create your own free security software suite, but bear in mind that you should only install one antivirus tool at a time.

1. Avast Free Antivirus

Avast safeguards your PC from threats the moment they appear

Avast Free Antivirus has millions of users, which helps it identify threats as soon as they appear. It scans your PC in real time, and if it comes across a piece of code that looks suspicious, it’s sent to Avast’s labs for testing. If it’s found to be malicious, Avast creates a ‘vaccine’ to eliminate it, which is then sent to every user worldwide.

Avast Free Antivirus can remove unwanted browser extensions and toolbars, which are easy to accidentally install if you often download free software, and there’s also a program updater to patch any recently discovered vulnerabilities in your installed software. It even includes a password manager to keep your logins secure.

Avast Free Antivirus the most powerful and comprehensive free security software suite around, and the perfect foundation for your online safety toolkit.

Review and where to download: Avast Free Antivirus

2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Supplement your core security software with on-demand malware scans

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware runs in tandem with your main security software, providing specific protection from threats other than viruses.

The free edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware gives you reliable protection for malware and spyware, as well as rootkits, which give software access to crucial parts of your system without your permission.

The free edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware gives you a two-week taster of its premium features, including real-time scans, and protection from malicious sites, exploit attacks and ransomware (which it differentiates from other malware).

Once that trial period is up, you’re left with a no-frills on-demand scanner that’s ideal for removing unwanted software and identifying the cause of strange browser behaviour or taking back control of your browser if it’s been hijacked by adware.

Review and where to download: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

3. KeePass Password Safe

Free security software that keeps your logins under lock and key

With so much of our data now stored online – including work, photos, emails, bank account details – strong passwords have never been more important. Unfortunately, the sheer number of online accounts necessary for everyday life means it’s hard to think up and memorize a different strong password for every service.

KeePass Password Safe does the hard work for you, and stores the resulting strong passwords in an encrypted vault protected by a master login or key file.

Keepass encrypts usernames, passwords and notes using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Twofish algorithms, and they remain encrypted while the program is running so they won’t be cached to disk. Unlike Avast Free Antivirus’s built-in password manager, Keepass is portable, so you can carry it on a USB stick and it won’t save anything to your Windows registry.

Best of all, because it’s open source, it’s in constant active development and any security vulnerabilities can be patched the moment they’re discovered.

Download here: Keepass

4. Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Emergency security software to save your bacon if your PC is already infected

If your antivirus software has failed and your PC’s security has been compromised, you need Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

Like Keepass, Emsisoft Emergency Kit can be saved to a USB stick and run on any PC without being installed (somewhat confusingly, it does have an ‘installer’, but this just extracts the necessary files and saves them to a location of your choice).

Not only does Emsisoft Emergency Kit check for viruses, trojans and worms, it also looks for malware on your PC, including adware, spyware and keyloggers. Bear in mind that these threats are constantly changing, so you’ll have to wait a minute for the security software to update its database of definitions before you can begin scanning.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit won’t conflict with any existing antivirus software on your PC, making it a great little tool to keep on hand. Even if you never need to use it yourself, it might be a lifesaver for a friend or family member who’s a little less cautious about their online security.

Review and where to download: Emsisoft Emergency Kit

5. Unchecky

Uncheck tick boxes automatically to catch malware before it can install itself

Unchecky won’t detect or remove malicious programs, but it can help you avoid installing them in the first place by automatically unchecking the boxes in software installers and alerting you if the app you’re installing is bundled with something else.

As security software, Unchecky isn’t perfect – it doesn’t pick up all unwanted programs, and some installers try to catch you out by taking an unchecked box as consent – but it’s nevertheless a useful tool in your PC security arsenal.

Combined with a common sense approach (only download software from a source you trust, select a ‘custom install’ option if it’s offered, and read each step of software installers carefully), it will help protect you from unwanted extras that pose a threat to you online.

Download here: Unchecky

      

The best broadband and TV deals in July 2017

best broadband deals

If the last thing you want to do on your evening or weekend is to spend time shopping around for broadband contracts and TV plans, TechRadar is coming to the rescue. Not only will our price comparison tool above find you the cheapest prices, but we’ll show you how buying a package broadband and TV deal will save you time and money.

BT and Sky Sports, movie channels, the latest US TV imports, 24/7 music – whatever your passion, there are TV packages to suit everybody. And whether you’re content with a standard ADSL connection or require superfast fibre broadband, you’ll be sure to end up with the combo to suit you with our price table. There are broadband and TV deals available from BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and NOW TV.

See also: Broadband deals | BT broadband deals | Sky broadband deals | Virgin Broadband deals | Fibre broadband deals

Which broadband and TV packages have Sky Sports?

Sky Sports has long been the destination for serious sports fans. Building its reputation in the 90s as the only place to watch Premier League football, you’ll still need to grab a Sky Sports subscription to watch Test match cricket, golf majors and most of the Formula One season.

You can add Sky Sports to the following broadband plans:

  • Sky Fibre
  • BT Unlimited Broadband and Infinity fibre
  • Virgin Media broadband
  • TalkTalk Fast Broadband and Faster Fibre
  • NOW TV Brilliant Broadband

Which broadband and TV packages have Sky Cinema?

Formerly known as Sky Movies, Sky Cinema features more films than you can shake a celluloid stick at. And it doesn’t matter whether you like a laugh, crave nail-biting action or enjoy having your spine chilled – Sky Cinema channels include Comedy, Disney, Crime & Thriller, Sci-Fi & Horror and Premiere for all the best new flicks.

You can add Sky Cinema to the following broadband packages:

  • BT Unlimited Broadband and Infinity fibre
  • Sky Fibre
  • Virgin Media broadband
  • TalkTalk Fast Broadband and Faster Fibre
  • NOW TV Brilliant Broadband and Fab Fibre

Which broadband and TV packages have Sky Atlantic?

You don’t need us to tell you that we’re in a Golden Age for television drama and box sets. Sky Atlantic is the network’s way to make the most of the small screen’s new wave of high-quality broadcasting from the US. Premiering the likes of Ray Donovan, The Affair and Westworld to these shores, most of you are probably after Sky Atlantic for one thing and one thing alone…Game of Thrones.

You can add Sky Atlantic to the following broadband plans:

  • Sky Fibre
  • NOW TV Brilliant Broadband and Fab Fibre

Can I get BT Sport with my broadband and TV package?

Until the end of July, BT Infinity and broadband deals come with BT Sport for absolutely free. That all changes on 1 August when you’ll have to pay £3.50 per month to enjoy BT Sport’s exclusive coverage of Premiership and Champions League football, Premiership Rugby.

Virgin Media is the only other internet provider that allows you to add BT Sport to your broadband plan. You have to add BT Sport to one of Virgin’s broadband and TV bundles.

What broadband speed do I need?

After you’ve chosen what TV channels you want, the next thing to decide is how much to splash on the broadband element of the deal. Very simply, the faster the connection, the higher the monthly tariff, with the cheapest rates on standard ADSL internet.

If you rely on the internet for streaming or downloading TV, films and music, then it makes sense to pay a few quid more a month and go for a fibre broadband deal instead. Learn more about the different available broadband speeds and which you may need below.

0-25Mb The entry-level internet connection you can get is called ADSL, sometimes simply referred to as ‘standard’. It delivers speeds of up to 17Mb, which equates to just over 2MB per second. It best suits small households who want to surf the web, handle their emails and stream non-4k catch-up TV.

25-50Mb Fibre broadband speeds start at up to 38Mb, so more than double what you get with standard ADSL. It’s the sweet spot between fast speeds and good value and just the ticket for a family household where four or five members are all streaming, downloading and surfing at once.

50+Mb You need to crank up the speeds if you want to, say, stream 4K Ultra HD content TV and films. Most providers have speeds of 52MB and 76Mb, but only Virgin Media broadband can offer 100Mb and over – that’s an incredible 12.5MB per second.

Can I get fibre broadband where I live?

If you think superfast broadband is what you need for your home, there may be a slight snag. Most households can now get it, but there’s still around 10% of UK homes that still can’t get it – and that rises to 40% where Virgin cable connections are concerned. So be sure to type in your postcode in our fibre broadband checker above to see whether superfast internet deals are available in your part of the country.

What contract length should I go for?

BT, Virgin and NOW all offer 18 month package deals, Sky does 12 monthers and TalkTalk gives the option between either. Virgin Media offers 30 day rolling contracts for broadband and TV contracts as well, but we wouldn’t recommend them – the price shoots through the roof for these short term agreements.

Will I have to pay anything upfront for broadband and TV?

Afraid so. Unless you manage to catch one of the providers during one heck of a good promotional offer, you’ll always have at least something to pay up front. This can include the costs of delivering the router and set-top TV internet box, but the likes of Virgin and BT also charge an activation or set-up fee.

Expect to pay at least £25 when you sign up for a TV and broadband deal, but it shouldn’t cost you any more than around £70 at the outset.

BT broadband deals and speeds

BT Unlimited Broadband | Up to 17Mb
BT is still the most popular broadband provider in the UK. You get the Home Hub 4 with its standard internet, as well as a Reward Card that you can spend anywhere Mastercard is accepted (the amount varies from week-to-week, so check our comparison chart for more details).

BT Unlimited Infinity | 52Mb-76Mb
Infinity is the name BT gives to its fibre optic broadband service. Infinity 1 gives speeds of up to 52Mb (around 6.5 MB per second download speed), which is faster than most other companies’ entry-level fibre. Upgrade to Infinity 2 and crank the speed up to 76Mb. With both, you get the rangey BT Smart Hub router and a more bountiful Reward Card.

View and compare BT broadband and TV deals

Sky broadband deals and speeds

Sky Fibre | 38Mb-76Mb
Sky only lets you add TV channels if you go for one of its superfast broadband options. Sky Fibre is the cheapest plan, but be wise to the fact that you’ll be limited to using, downloading and streaming up to 25GB of data per month. Pay more for Sky Fibre Unlimited, or extra still for Sky Fibre Max giving you up to 76Mb speed (around 9.5MB per second) and a Sky Q Hub router.

View and compare Sky broadband and TV deals

Virgin broadband deals and speeds

Virgin VIVID fibre broadband | 100Mb-300Mb
Not currently available on Virgin’s cheapest VIVID 50 plan, you can instead choose from 100Mb (12.5MB per second), 200Mb (25MB per second) or 300Mb (a jaw-dropping 37.5MB per second). If you’re also into gaming, you can choose VIVID 200 Gamer instead, which has better upload speeds and surpasses online traffic management to give you full speed even at peak times.

View and compare Virgin broadband and TV deals

TalkTalk broadband deals and speeds

TalkTalk Fast Broadband | Up to 17Mb
Don’t let the name fool you, TalkTalk’s fast broadband offers only standard ADSL 17Mb speed.

TalkTalk Faster Fibre | Up to 38Mb-76Mb
TalkTalk’s fibre optic broadband plans are some of the cheapest around. And with its maximum speed of around 9.5MB per second, you can pay extra for Speed Boost and a Super Router.

View and compare TalkTalk broadband and TV deals

NOW TV broadband deals and speeds

Brilliant Broadband | Up to 17Mb
We can’t help thinking of Paul Whitehouse when we hear the name ‘Brilliant Broadband’. It’s NOW TV’s standard speed. Combine it with a TV plan and the prices can be very attractive indeed.

Fab Fibre | Up to 38Mb
Like the above, Fab Fibre comes with the NOW TV Hub router. The speeds head rise to around 4.75MB per second, which should be more than enough for streaming, downloading and surfing without frustration.

View and compare NOW TV broadband and TV deals

      

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