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Download of the day – Planetarium

Planetarium, as its developer is keen to point out, isn’t a game – it’s a planet generator – but it’s great fun to tinker with.

You can make your own planet using the small selection of controls, but the real fun is in discovering the 250-odd planets it already contains. These can be found by typing words into the search box at the bottom right, then tapping Enter to see what appears. Move your mouse over the planet – if you’ve been lucky, you’ll see a description written by the planet’s creator.

The Planetarium Subreddit contains a list of planets discovered by players. If you find something interesting, you can take a screenshot by tapping 4 on your keyboard. Planetarium is only available for Windows at the time of writing.

Download here: Planetarium

Download of the Day is our pick of the best free software around – whether it’s useful, fun, or just plain silly. If you have any recommendations, please send them to downloads@techradar.com.

      

Amazon Prime Day: Coolpad Note 5 and Cool 1 selling with massive discounts

Coolpad is a big part of Amazon’s Prime Day sales with two of its handsets currently selling with sizable discounts. The Coolpad Note 5 is currently selling for Rs 8,999, which is a discount of Rs 2,000 on its original price. The Coolpad Cool 1 is also available with a discount of Rs 1,000 with the 32GB + 3GB RAM variant selling for Rs 9,999. The 4GB variant is priced at Rs 12,999, although it doesn’t appear to be a part of the Prime Day sale.

Amazon specifies that both deals are only applicable to members of Amazon Prime, so it makes sense to get a Prime subscription as soon as you can to avail further benefits on products. In addition to discounts on items, Prime members are entitled to expedited shipping on Prime approved products and unlimited access to Amazon Prime Video, the company’s on-demand video streaming service.

The Coolpad Note 5 and the Cool 1 are pretty exciting smartphones in the Indian budget segment and the price reduction makes them a hot favorite on Amazon right now.

The Coolpad Note 5 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) panel, a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera with LED flash, and the octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. The phone comes with 4GB of RAM by default accompanied by 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD. Rounding off the specs sheet is a 4,010mAh battery and Android 6.0.1 with the company’s proprietary CoolUI on board.

Coolpad Note 5 at Rs 8,999 @ Amazon (save Rs 3,000)

The Coolpad Cool 1 features the same 5.5-inch Full HD display on board and comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor. This is also one of the only budget phones to come with dual-cameras on the back (13MP + 13MP). There’s an 8MP front facing camera on board with “Selfie Beautification” to further enhance your self-portraits. The entry level variant comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, which appears to be preferred choice for many. The handset comes with a 4,000mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with CoolUI.

Coolpad Cool 1 at Rs 9,999 @ Amazon (save Rs 2,000)

You can also check out the best smartphone deals on Amazon Prime Day here.

      

Best Buy, eBay, NewEgg and more are giving Amazon Prime Day a run for its money

Today may very well be Amazon Prime Day, but don’t count out Amazon’s countless rivals. They’re not just watching; retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us among others have responded in kind with deals that, in some cases, are even better than Amazon’s.

For instance, Best Buy is running what it calls “Big Deals Day,” while NewEgg is conducting a “Fantastech Sale.” Meanwhile, we have eBay simply running stronger deals than Amazon for several products, and Toys ‘R’ Us taking 20% off the top of everything you buy online today.

Plus, with these deals, you don’t have to get a free trial of anything – they just work. Without further ado, here are the best Prime Day deals you won’t find on Amazon:

The best NewEgg deals on Prime Day

Just $89 for a Google Home speaker: Not one to be outdone by the rest, NewEgg has Google’s smart speaker for even less with a $10 discount promo code, which covers tax to get your Home for truly under 100 bucks.

More than $300 off an MSI gaming laptop: You can score the 15.6-inch MSI GL62M for just $569 all told after a $10 promo code that expires today and a $150 mail-in rebate. That’s a gaming laptop for less than 600 bucks, mind.

Nearly 60% off a DJI Phantom 3 drone: While this is a certified refurbished deal, that you can score a professional-grade drone for a whopping 56% off, down to a cool $349, should not be ignored.

Just $110 for a curved LG gaming monitor: With a $20 promo code, you can score this 25-inch, 2,560 x 1,080 curved gaming screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time. Perfect for more immersive RPGs and strategy games.

Only $60 for a 2TB Seagate portable SSD: A whopping 2TB for all of your favorite music, movies and other files, plus a mobile device backup feature, all for just the price of a new video game, should the end to your data doldrums.

The best eBay deals on Prime Day

39% off a Google Home speaker: While this isn’t as great as last night’s deal, the Google Home speaker can still be had for just $99 today. Either way, that’s still a solid savings on what could be a smart home staple.

$40 off the brand new iPad: eBay has chopped 12% off the price of a brand new, 32GB 9.7-inch iPad, likely the cheapest you’re going to see such a device short of Black Friday. You can even choose your favorite color.

More than $700 off a Nikon D750 (body only): Amounting to a 35% in savings, this incredibly pricey Nikon camera can be had for the relatively cheap price of $1,289.99. Considering it goes for about two grand normally, consider this a steal.

$50 off a Fitbit Charge 2 HR: Widely considered Fitbit’s strongest fitness tracker, you can have it today for just $99. That’s a pittance for a fitness tracker that tracks your heart rate, plus you can choose your favorite color.

$230 off an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8: A super strong phone deal here, score the latest from Samsung, a 64GB Galaxy S8 in the color of your choice for 28% off the retail price. Plus, it’s got a dual SIM card slot.

The top Best Buy deals on Prime Day

$150 off every 9.7-inch iPad Pro model: No, that’s not a typo. Best Buy has shaved $150 even off of every version of Apple’s 9.7-inch, pro-grade tablet, from 32GB to 256GB and in every color the slate comes in.

$80 off a 39-inch Insignia LED HDTV: This just might be the best HDTV of Prime Day, a nearly 40-inch, 720p screen for less than even most 32-inch sets. A V-chip for parental controls and 178-degree viewing angles round out this steal of a deal.

Free Amazon Echo Dot with a Logitech Harmony Home Hub: Today only, you can buy Logitech’s hub device for smart home products and get Amazon’s littlest smart speaker for free. A fine way to jumpstart your smart home journey.

$350 off a 17-inch Asus gaming laptop: This Asus ROG GL702VM, with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics and a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor behind it, is available today for nearly 25% off at just $1,099.

$100 off an Eero Wi-Fi mesh system: The new-age router that started it all, you can score 25% off of a three-pack of Eero Wi-Fi mesh devices, likely the cheapest it’s ever been. Kill those dead spots in your home for less than ever.

$200 off an iRobot Roomba 877: You can have one of iRobot’s self-charging smart vacuums for just $400 today through this deal. This version can create virtual boundaries, too, so it doesn’t go tumbling down your stairs.

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5 best-selling Prime Day deals, according to Amazon

With Amazon Prime Day in full swing, we’ve had an extensive look through all sorts of deals. We’re sure you don’t have hours to spare though, so we’ve picked out the ones that truly knocked our socks off.

Sure, the decent Lightning Deals have been living up to their name and selling out almost straight away, but there are some terrific deals just sitting there, not knowing just how darn cheap they are. Seriously, these are the prices you’d be mad to miss if you’re thinking you’re going to find a better price anytime soon.

The best Amazon Prime deals of the day

Amazon Echo Dot – $34.99

We’re huge fans of the Echo Dot, even at full-price. Usually $49.99, your brand new 2nd-generation Amazon Echo Dot is unmissable at $34.99. The puck-like smart speaker has found its way into millions of homes thanks to Alexa’s intuitive voice-controlled abilities. You can ask it (her?) random questions, set timers (no more burned pizza!), turn on Philips Hue lighting, ask for songs on Spotify and so much more.

View this deal: Amazon Echo Dot $34.99

Xbox One S bundle – $239.99

Here it is folks, your premium pick for an Xbox One bundle on Amazon Prime Day. So what’s in the bundle? Deep breath: an Xbox One S, extra controller, Play and charge kit, Forza 6, Halo 5 and Recore – all for just $239.99. Let’s put this deal into perspective. Recently the best Xbox One bundle around has been about $240 for the console and Minecraft. So getting all these extras, not to mention three excellent games is fantastic value.

View this deal: Xbox One S, extra controller, play and charge kit, Forza 6, Halo 5 and Recore $239.99 @ Amazon

Alternate offer: get the same bundle, plus Halo Wars 2 for $289.99

Fire HD 8 Tablet – $49.99

Amazon’s All-New Fire HD 8 tablet gets a much-needed refresh and today’s $20 reduction makes an already-tempting tablet, very hard to resist. If you own an Echo device, you’ll enjoy this even more as Alexa has also been installed on the Fire HD 8. She’ll be in everything by the Holidays. Sure the Fire 7 is even cheaper (especially today) at just $29.99, but we think the extra $20 for a larger screen in HD is worth the extra cash, especially if you’re planning on watching any movies.

View this deal: All-New Fire HD 8 $49.99

Kindle – $49.99 and Kindle Paperwhite – $89.99

We struggled with which one of these excellent e-reader deals to pick, as they’re both very good value for money and have had $30 knocked off the regular price. The Kindle Paperwhite is easily the superior e-reader thanks to its higher resolution and back-lit screen. But if you know you’re only going to use the Kindle casually rather than most days of the week, you may as well save $40.

View this deal: Kindle $49.99
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Kindle Paperwhite $89.99

GoPro Hero Session Adventure bundle – $149

This is possibly the best entry-level GoPro deal we’ve ever seen. The GoPro Hero Session is the cheapest camera in the range, but still usually costs close to $200. This Amazon deal not only knocks $50 off the price, but then goes and bundles in some useful extras for free. There’s a 32GB memory card, a ‘handler’ stick for easier filming when on the move and a headset strap for hands-free filming.

View this deal: GoPro Hero Session Adventure bundle $149

      

The best Surface Pro 4 deal of Prime Day isn’t on Amazon

Surprising basically no one, it turns out the best Amazon Prime Day deal on a Surface Pro 4 isn’t on Amazon at all – it’s on the Microsoft Store. After all, why would Microsoft give Amazon a cut when it can sell the thing at a discount all on its own?

At any rate, Microsoft is chopping a whopping $150 to $350 off two choice Surface Pro 4 models, all brand new and sealed in the box. Here’s what we’re looking at and where you can nab these savings (click the links to get to the deals):

Each of these deals includes three months free of Microsoft’s Groove Music service. However, we’ve found one deal on this page that should be avoided: the 128GB Surface Pro 4 with the Intel Core i5 processor. This deal asks for the same $849 as the above linked deal, which is clearly doubly as capacious.

With that out of the way, here are some choice deals on other bits of kit from the Microsoft Store, none of which you need to get a free trial of Amazon Prime for:

The best Microsoft Store deals on Prime Day

Xbox One S with four games: Microsoft lists this bundle at $330.97 before it’s massive deal of $250 for the console, Forza Horizon 3, The Crew, Just Dance 2016 and Watch Dogs. That’s a pretty big deal.

MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro Signature Edition: This gaming laptop enjoys a steep $250 discount from $1,799 to now $1,549 for a 17.3-inch FHD mobile rig with an Nvidia GTX 1060 inside. Plus, it being Signature Edition means no bloatware!

HP Envy Curved 34: This massive all-in-one PC features a 34-inch curved display at QHD resolution backed by AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics, now at a $150 discount from $1,999 to $1,849 – not bad for a PC housing a 1TB hard drive plus 256GB SSD boot drive combo.

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Dell’s ultrathin Latitude 2-in-1 with wireless charging tricks is now on sale

Dell has unleashed a pair of new hybrid laptops in the Latitude range, with a thin-and-light notebook that boasts wireless charging, alongside a fresh 13-inch spin on its 360-degree convertible which Dell has previously claimed to have the best battery life ever seen in a 2-in-1.

So let’s start with the Latitude 7285 12-inch convertible notebook, initially revealed at CES back at the start of the year. Dell notes that this is a premium tablet with a detachable keyboard, and claims it’s the thinnest and lightest commercial 2-in-1 running Windows.

Furthermore, it’s the first hybrid to use wireless charging courtesy of WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology. Cable-free juicing up the laptop is accomplished via a charging mat and there’s also a WiGig wireless dock (accessories which are sold separately).

Dell’s Latitude 7285 is available now, with the base model starting at $1,200 (£925) and boasting an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor, along with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The charging mat will set you back $200 (£155), and you can also get a companion wireless charging keyboard for $380 (£295).

Greater Latitude

The other addition to the range is the Dell Latitude 7389 convertible, which is a new take on the Latitude 5289, delivering all the same goodies as the latter, but with a 13-inch display (as opposed to a 12-inch).

So just like its sibling, the 7389 has a 360-degree hinge that allows for it to be used in tent, stand or tablet modes (or as a normal notebook, of course), and a rather storming claimed battery life of up to 17 hours. The 2-in-1 also has a Full HD touch-capable Gorilla Glass display which is non-reflective and smudge resistant, plus it supports Dell’s stylus (the active pen).

The Latitude 7389 will be launched in August, with the exact price still to be confirmed. For reference, the current Latitude 5289 starts at $900 (£695).

All of these Latitude laptops boast security features that will make business users very happy, including TPM 2.0, ControlVault (isolated credential authentication) with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, not to mention Dell’s Client Command Suite for easier device management.

      

The best free DVD burning software 2017

Cloud storage may be more popular, cheap and accessible than ever, and portable USB drives still have their place, but there’s a lot to be said for optical storage like DVDs too. If you want to back up data, it makes sense to have a physical copy as well as one stored in the cloud, for instance, and customized DVDs filled with video footage and photo slideshows make great gift after a wedding or other special event. That’s why you need DVD burning software.

As with so many types of software, burning tools can be on the expensive side — but this doesn’t need to be the case. There are some great free DVD burners around, and we’ve rounded up the very best so you can choose the one that’s right for you. If you want create a video DVD, for example, you can install a program dedicated to that task, whereas others are better suited to disk images.

If you want a free DVD burner for creating video DVDs, WinX DVD Author is the tool for you. It can be used to transform just about any video file (MKV, MP4, FLV, MPEG, MOV, RM, RMVB, H.264, AVI) into a disc that you can use in a regular DVD player, complete with interactive menus.

You can add multiple videos to a disc, the program will help you to create menus, and you can also trim videos if you only want to include a snippet from them. If you want to make more substantial changes before burning your DVD, check out our guide to the best free video editing software.

There are customizable menu templates to choose from, and you can even add background music. Support for subtitles is a very nice touch, and you can also convert videos into VOB files, or burn existing VOBs to a DVD.

On top of all this, there’s a standard DVD burning component that you can use to back up data of any description, although this is very much a no-frills part of the program. If you want a free DVD burning program specifically backing up your important files, read on for more options.

Download here: WinX DVD Author

With support for data and audio CDs, data DVDs, and ISO burning and creation, just about the only thing missing from Burn4Free DVD Copy is the option to create video DVDs.

This free DVD burning software looks a little basic, and you have to watch out for menu items and toolbar buttons that link to paid-for extras. All of the basics are covered though, so if you’re looking for a simple everyday free DVD burning program, this could well meet your needs.

While the software itself is great, the same can’t be said of the installer. Burn4Free uses a download manager that offers to install extra software you might not want. You can opt out by hitting the Decline button, so watch out for it.

You’ll also be invited to install trial versions of other software from the same company, but only the main Burn4Free DVD Copy program is free.

Download here: Burn4Free DVD Copy

CDBurnerXP has been around for a very long time – as you can tell from its name – and the reason it’s endured for so long is that it does its job so well. It looks very simple at first glance, but looks can be deceiving.

This free DVD burning software lets you create a range of discs, including audio CD, MP3 CD, data DVD, video DVD (albeit from existing VIDEO-TS folders). It can also work with disc images, and create direct copies of existing CDs and DVDs.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll find the interface is simple to use, support drags and drop, and needs little explanation. CDBurnerXP just gets the job done.

When downloading the software, make sure you’re not tricked into installing an unnecessary browser extension. There’s also a bundled copy of the Opera web browser, but you’re given enough warning to opt out if you’re not interested.

Download here: CDBurnerXP

BurnAware Free is described as “full-fledged, easy-to-use burning software”, and that’s a pretty neat summary. This free DVD burner has a huge number of features to offer, and manages to rival paid-for alternatives in many ways.

In addition to CDs and DVDs, BurnAware Free supports Blu-ray burning, and if you’re looking to use it for backup purposes, you’ll be pleased to hear that it can span burns across multiple discs if necessary. You can create and burn disk images too, and any task you undertake is wonderfully fast.

The interface is clean, clear, and a joy to work with, and it’s so simple to use it serves as a great introduction to the world of disc burning for even the most nervous novice.

There’s (optional) Byte Fence adware bundled into the installer, so watch out for that, but apart from that it’s hard not to recommend this free DVD burning software.

Download here: BurnAware Free

Perhaps the closest thing to a free version of Nero and software of that ilk – at least in terms of looks – DeepBurner Free demands more than a cursory glance.

This is a free version of a premium program, so there are inevitably a few limitations to persuade you to upgrade. Opting for the free version basically means you’re limited to creating audio, data or bootable CDs and DVDs, or working with image files. There are no fancy extras, and the interface has something of a utilitarian feel. It’s a shame there isn’t the option to create photo or video discs, but you might not need these options.

There’s also a portable version of the program available, which is ideal for popping onto a USB stick. You never know when it might come in handy!

Download here: DeepBurner Free

      

PayPal payments are now finally available on Apple’s iTunes – in certain regions

Good news if you are a fan of secure payment platform PayPal, as today it has announced that you will be able to use it as your preferred payment method on your Apple devices, but only in Mexico or Canada.

According to the press release: “other countries including the US [will be coming] soon after”.

What this means realistically is just that your money will be coming from PayPal rather than a credit or debit card that you have attached to your iTunes account.

But if you are the sort of person who doesn’t like the idea of having your account details being stored on lots of companies servers, it could be a good way to cut that number down by one.

Once selected, all “purchases of apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books, as well as Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage” will then come from your PayPal account.

Tap to pay

What’s more, you will benefit from PayPal’s secure One Touch payments, meaning you can make quick and easy payments on your iPhone, iPad and any device connected to your account like the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

With mobile payment systems like Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay becoming more widespread, paying for small occasional purchases using your phone is getting easier and easier.

Presumably having PayPal set up as your preferred payment option on your Apple devices will turn all these little ‘contact’ payments into PayPal payments, we’ll let you know if this is definitely the case once we’ve had a chance to test it out for ourselves.

Via Engadget

      

Facebook Messenger is introducing adverts

Facebook Messenger has announced that it’s bringing advertisements into its hugely successful messaging platform. It’s been trialing the ads as a feature in Australia and Thailand, and off the back of these “promising tests” is expanding worldwide.

But if you’re worried that the ads are going to pop up in the middle of your chats, don’t worry – it’s not that invasive. The ads will appear in your inbox between chats.

They’ll give you the option to connect with either the company’s website or its Messenger chat account – a large number of companies are now using chatbots on Messenger to foster stronger customer relationships.

Show me the money

When we sat down with Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus recently he was reluctant to discuss exactly how many of the company’s chat interactions happening on Messenger were run by chatbots.

But he did tell us: “There are about two billion messages a month exchanged between businesses/services on Messenger. That number has doubled in a year, and that includes automation and human interaction.”

It does make sense for Facebook to try and monetize its Messenger platform, which with its 1.2 billion users is currently an untapped pool for ad revenue.

This becomes even more significant when you consider the fact that Facebook CFO Dave Wehner admitted the company is starting to hit the limit of how many ads it can push into users’ news feeds.

Via Business Insider

      

Defend every device in your house with this Prime Day security deal

You can save an extra 17% on the current selling price of Symantec’s award winning Norton Security Deluxe package for Amazon Prime Day.

For the next six hours, the price will fall down to £18.99, a staggering 62% less than the suggested retail price of £59.99.

The package can be installed on up to five devices and the subscription includes 12 months of updates. This offer ends today midnight! So get yours now.

This deal will only last until the end of Prime Day (end of the day on July 11) so we’d recommend buying it if you want to get a free antivirus, a firewall and unlimited, free telephone support.

Symantec’s Norton Security Deluxe utilizes one of the largest global civilian intelligence networks to spot threats faster and even includes a 100% virus protection promise (or you get your money back).

  • It’s Amazon Prime Day 2017, the online shopping giant’s annual mega sale. Stick with TechRadar for how to grab all the best deals.