PS5 could help propel Sony to six million consoles sold by next March

We’re still waiting on an official announcement of the PS5, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t already massive expectations for the future console. Many of those predictions are centered around the design, the performance, and the price, but some are on sales figures. One analyst from Japanese research firm Ace Research Institute suggests Sony could sell six million units by March 2021, reports Tom’s Guide.

That six million unit figure isn’t just for the PS5, though. It also takes into account sales of Sony’s PS4. Given that the PS5 isn’t available yet, it makes sense to continue including the current model in the year-long sales estimate. Though, as PS4 sales are expected to continue winding down, the majority of those sales are expected from the PS5. The analyst’s report also suggests Sony will sell 15 million more PS5 units in the subsequent year.

It’s not so unfair to have huge PS5 sales expectations given the PS4 has been so popular that it became the second bestselling console of all time. By the numbers, the PS4 has sold over 108 million units since its launch in late 2013, and it managed 7.5 million sales in its first two fiscal quarters on the market. If the PS5 launches late into 2020, the predicted sales figures would line up well with what the PS4 managed. 

The expectation of 15 million PS5 sales in Sony’s following fiscal year from March 2021 to March 2022 would also line up with the 14.8 million units the PS4 sold during its first full fiscal year on the market.

High expectations

Those are some high expectations for a product that is still shrowding in mystery and a certain level of uncertainty. The recent coronavirus outbreak is expected to have some impact on the tech market given that plenty of the manufacturing and supplying of chips and other components happens in China. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are both expected to need chunk of the flash storage and DRAM market, which could be squeezed by the virus outbreak.

Any shortages might also drive up the price of the PS5, and we’ve recently learned that many gamers will prioritize next-gen console price above all else. A sky-high price could flatten those sales expectations. If the consoles start inching high enough, it’s possible they could even start to drive more gamers to gaming PCs that can outperform consoles.

We’ll hopefully start to get a better idea of the way things will go for the PS5 when Sony officially announces the product and its price.

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WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS

New research has revealed that WordPress is the top content management system (CMS) among enterprise businesses using two or more CMSs and it is also the dominant CMS for headless technology applications.

WP Engine’s new report, titled “The Rise of Multi CMS, WordPress and Headless in the Enterprise”, found that using a CMS is no longer optional for enterprise companies and that headless applications, which control the content that is separated from the display layer or the front-end user experience, are on the rise.

Vanson Bourne surveyed 300 enterprise-level IT and marketing decision makers in the US and UK to compile the new report that is a follow up to a similar survey conducted back in 2017. 

The report shows a marked increase in the use of WordPress among enterprise customers and the popular CMS showed the highest increase in usage when compared to other CMSs including Adobe Experience Manager, Sitecore, Joomla, Drupal and Umbraco.

Enterprise CMS use

One of the most interesting findings from WPEngine’s survey was the clear return on investment advantage of WordPress. Of those surveyed, 31 percent viewed ROI as a major benefit of using WordPress and no other CMS scored higher than 27 percent with the average of all other CMSs at 20 percent. Of the IT and marketing decision makers who are already using WordPress, 38 percent saw ROI as a major benefit making the case that once an enterprise is using the CMS, its ROI is even more pronounced.

According to the survey, WordPress and Adobe Experience Manager are still battling it out for the top spot. While Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) is still the most commonly used CMS overall at 68 percent, WordPress is catching up fast at 66 percent. At the same time, WordPress use in the enterprise has risen by 16 percent since 2017 and this is driven by businesses using multiple CMSs. Almost half (49%) of enterprises are also planning to expand to additional CMSs in the future.

Founder and CTO at WP Engine, Jason Cohen provided further insight on the report’s findings and how enterprises are now using multiple CMSs, saying:

“For today’s enterprise organizations, using a CMS is no longer an option, it’s a mandate. The research results clearly show that not only are most, if not all, enterprises using a CMS, they are most likely using more than one. WordPress is one of the top two leading platforms for both primary and secondary uses, with clear benefits in terms of ease of use, ROI, agility and a faster time to market. It’s also one of the leading CMSs for headless applications, which continue to grow in this all-important market.”

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Intel Comet Lake-S prices have leaked, and it looks like AMD will win in price again

Historically speaking, the Intel vs AMD battle has typically played out like this: Intel was more expensive while offering top-end performance, while AMD processors were much more affordable. But, that’s changed recently, with AMD providing better performance and prices, while Intel is just expensive – and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change. 

Renowned leaker @momomo_us spotted EU pricing for a pretty wide range of 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors from the low-end Celeron G5900 to the mid-range Intel Core i5-10600. And well, they’re pretty expensive. 

This pricing leak places the Intel Core i5-10500 at €252 (about $270, £210, AU$412), which is far more expensive than even the Ryzen 5 3600X which is currently €225 (about $240, £190, AU$370) on German retailer CaseKing. Now it’s very likely that Intel could pull out a single-core win over AMD’s chips, but even with Hyperthreading, it probably won’t win in multi-core workloads. 

That’s not even considering the elephant in the room that is AMD Ryzen 4000. We still haven’t seen Intel announce a release date for its Comet Lake processors, and it’s very possible that they’ll have to face up directly against AMD’s Zen 3 processors. If that happens, AMD’s refinement of its 7nm architecture could see IPC improvements that put Intel’s chips to shame.

It’s very possible, however, that these leaked prices are simply wrong – keep in mind that Intel did absolutely slash prices on its 10th-generation Core X processors when it knew they wouldn’t compete with Threadripper 3rd Generation. Either way, we won’t know what the actual prices for Intel’s 10th-generation processors will look like, we just hope they’ll be affordable and Intel won’t price itself out of relevance. 

Via PCGamesN

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Forget foldable phones – an all-glass iPhone could be the future

The Cupertino behemoth is looking into different ways to innovate the iPhone. Not that Apple isn’t exploring the trending foldable phone route, as evidenced by the “Foldable Cover and Display for an Electronic Device” patent it filed way back in 2017. But, clearly, it’s looking at other avenues as well.

AppleInsider reports that a new Apple patent shows an all-glass iPhone that will boast display and touch sensitivity on all its surfaces – front, back and all four sides. US Patent 20200057525, called “Electronic Device with Glass Enclosure” shows what this device could look like and how it will potentially work.

All-glass iPhone

With Apple recently struggling to innovate the phone that started it all, could this new design finally be what the iPhone needs to crush its rivals? This design might seem incredible, but we’re not quite sure if it’ll work in the real world, and at a price point that will prove competitive in the mainstream market.

 Six-sided touch-sensitive display 

All-glass iPhone

According to the patent, this device will move away from the conventional front touchscreen smartphone design. Instead, it will come “with enclosures that use glass to define multiple sides of the enclosure. In such cases, the enclosure may appear visually and tactically seamless, such that the entire enclosure may appear to be formed from a single piece of glass (even though it may be formed from multiple separate pieces attached together).”

This means that instead of the typical phone design we’re used to, this device will have an all-glass interface that seamlessly wraps around it, ditching apparent edges and resulting in a more rounded shape.

All-glass iPhone

This all-glass device will also boast multiple sides that “may facilitate or enable numerous additional functions and uses that are not realized with conventional enclosures.”

“For example, glass backs and glass sides may be transparent, allowing the electronic device to include additional displays that are viewable through the sides and/or the back.

Moreover, the side- and back-viewable displays may be made touch and/or force sensitive using touch- and/or force-sensing systems, effectively turning the side and back surfaces into additional input devices or surfaces with which a user may interact to control the electronic device.”

In other words, while Apple still intends to utilize the front of the device as the main display, as is traditional, it will also use the other five sides of the device as additional output and input surfaces.

Use cases of such a design could be anywhere from displaying graphical outputs like images and applications to spill over the sides or even wrap around the back, to having touch controls for such things like volume and mute as well as single touch toggles for WiFi and airplane mode.

Though how all that is extremely necessary and life-changing, we still can’t imagine. We’re still stuck on how you can possibly hold such a device with your hand without accidentally pressing on things, since all of it is basically touchscreen. But hey, if anybody can make this into reality, it would be Apple.

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These are the five strongest SIM only deals this weekend – Three, iD, Smarty and more

The weather is terrible, so realistically why would you even want to go outside this weekend. Instead, use your hard-earned time off from work, school or whatever is going on in your life to do what is most important…finding a new SIM only deal.

Okay fair enough, there are much better things to do this weekend – watching a Wilder vs Fury live stream for example! So if you were planning on spending hours scouring the web for the best SIM only deals, we’re here to speed up the process.

Below, we’ve picked out the five best offers currently on the market including the best EE offer, flexible 1-month plans, cashback galore and even just the best SIM plan in general.

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First Look: Harmon Kardon Citation Oasis is the smartest wake up call you can get

We’ve got smart assistants in our phones, in our earphones and in our speakers. Why not bedside clocks too? Amazon opened the floodgates with its Echo Dot with Clock speaker. But how about if you want something Google flavoured instead?

You might want to take a look at the Harmon Kardon Citation Oasis alarm clock. The Citation range, you may remember, is Harmon Kardon’s answer to the likes of Sonos, a multi-room proposition that includes soundbars, bookshelf speakers and floor-standing towers. We enjoyed earlier entries into the range enough to award it a Best of IFA gong a few years back. 2020 will see the range expand to include the Oasis, a little Google-powered bedside number.

Available in black and grey fabric wraps, the Oasis, like all good alarm clocks should, sneaks into the background with an understated, rounded design.

In terms of connectivity and playback, it’s about as well-featured as you could hope for. As well as standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Oasis can playback tunes via Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast, and can take voice input thanks to its built-in mic and support for the Google Assistant helper.

A smart wake up

As such, not only can you talk to the Oasis to organise alarms, but you can also ask it for information on all manner of topics in Google’s cloud-based brain, ask it for specific radio stations and have it control any smart home devices you’ve got hooked up to Google’s eco-system.

Being a clock, of course, the Oasis has a small front-facing display that will show you the time and other information relating to what you’re doing with the speaker. But its tricks don’t just end there. On its top side, where you’ll also find a range of playback controls, also sits a wireless charging matt. Pop a compatible smartphone on top, and you’ll wake with a fully-charged phone in the morning, saving you a plug socket and valuable bedside real estate.

We took a look at the Citation Oasis at the Bristol Hi-Fi show in the UK, where unfortunately the unit we saw was not set up for music playback. However, in terms of raw specs, it appears to have a healthy 12W power output, and support for 24Bits / 96 KHz HD audio streaming playback. 

There’s no set release date for the Harmon Kardon Citation Oasis yet, but we’ve been told to expect a Q2 2020 launch. As for pricing, only US numbers have been released, weighing in at $199.95. That translates directly to close to £155 or AU$300, but we’ll keep you posted on confirmed local pricing when we receive it.

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Hackers impersonate top VPN to steal cryptocurrency

Researchers at Kaspersky have discovered a new malicious campaign which uses a fake version of a popular VPN service’s website to spread the Trojan stealer AZORult by tricking users into thinking they are downloading a Windows installer.

AZORult is one of the most common stealers on Russian hacking forums because of its wide range of capabilities. This Trojan poses a serious threat to infected computers as it allows an attacker to collect a wealth of data including browser history, login credentials, cookies, files and folders, cryptowallet files and it can even be used as a loader to download other malware.

As more users have turned to VPNs to protect their privacy online, cybercriminals have begun to abuse the growing popularity of VPNs by impersonating them, as is the case in this AZORult campaign.

In the campaign discovered by Kaspersky researchers, the attackers created a copy of ProtonVPN’s website which looks identical to the service’s actual site except for the fact that it has a different domain name.

AZORult campaign

Links to the fake VPN website are spread through advertisements via different banner networks which is a practice that is also referred to as malvertising.

When a victim visits the phishing website, they are prompted to download a free VPN installer. However, once a victim downloads the fake VPN installer for Windows, it drops a copy of the AZORult botnet implant. Once the implant is activated, it collects the infected device’s environment information and reports it back to a server controlled by the attackers.

The attackers then steal any cryptocurrency stored locally on the device from cryptowallets as well as FTP logins, passwords from FileZilla, email credentials, information from browsers including cookies and credentials from WinSCPm, Pidgin messenger and others software.

After discovering the campaign, Kaspersky immediately informed ProtonVPN and blocked the fake website in its security software. TechRadar Pro has also contacted ProtonVPN for a statement on the matter.

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