Several new and refurbished Razer laptops are on sale

We may have said goodbye to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not to tech deals altogether. There are some nice discounts available as we progress through the holiday season, including ones from Razer, which is having a sale on several of its Blade, Blade Pro, and Blade Stealth laptops.

Razer’s sale includes a mix of new and refurbished models, both in the US and UK. Here’s a look:

UK DEALS

Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K: £1,250, Razer (save £700) – This laptop pairs a Core i7-7500U processor with a 1TB SSD, giving you ample storage. It also has 16GB of RAM. Bear in mind that it’s running integrated Intel HD 620 graphics, so for more serious gaming, you’ll want to pair this with a external GPU enclosure.

Several other configurations of this laptop are on sale as well, though some are sold out. We’re listing them here anyway in case they come back in stock.

  • Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K w/ i7-7500U 512GB SSD:  £999, Razer (save £550) – sold out
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-7500U, 256GB SSD:  £1,305, Razer (save £45) – sold out
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-7500U, 512GB SSD:  £1,460, Razer (save £90)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-7500U, 1TB SSD:  £1,810, Razer (save £90)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-8550U, 256GB SSD:  £1,455, Razer (save £45)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-8550, 512GB SSD:  £1,610, Razer (save £90)
  • Razer Blade Pro 17.3″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 256GB + 2TB: £1,830, Razer (save £270)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade 14″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 256GB:£1,700, Razer
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade 14″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 512GB: £1,850, Razer
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade 14″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 1TB: £2,200, Razer
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD w/ i7-7500U, 128GB: £850, Razer – sold out
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD w/ i7-7500U, 256GB: £1,100, Razer – sold out
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD w/ i7-7500U, 512GB: £1,200, Razer

US DEALS

REFURBISHED Razer Blade V5 14″ QHD: $1,750, Razer (save $350) – This thin and light laptop has a Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Razer backs it with a 1-year warranty.

Here are several other configurations and models that are on sale. Note that all of these are refurbished models, backed by a 1-year warranty.

  •  REFURBISHED Razer Blade V5 14″ QHD w/ Core i7-6700HQ, GTX 1060, 512GB:  $1,800, Razer (save $500)
  •  REFURBISHED Razer Blade V5 14″ QHD w/ Core i7-6700HQ, GTX 1060, 1TB: $2,000, Razer (save $700)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 128GB: $750, Razer (save $250)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 256GB: $950, Razer (save $250)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ UHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 256GB: $1,000, Razer (save $400)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ UHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 512GB: $1,100, Razer (save $500)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-7500U, 128GB:$850, Razer (save $150) – out of stock
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-7500U, 256GB:$1,050, Razer (save $200)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-7500U, 512GB:$1,150, Razer (save $250)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K w/ Core i7-7500U, 512GB:$1,300, Razer (save $300)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K w/ Core i7-7500U, 1TB: $1,500, Razer (save $500)

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[“Source-pcgamer”]

Infected apps are secretly stealing money from millions of people

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A 3D printed Android logo is seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration taken March 22, 2016 / REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

‘All of this illicit activity takes place without the victim’s knowledge’

Malware that secretly charges users for fake services has been downloaded by millions of people, a new report says.

“ExpensiveWall”, software designed to cheat users out of their money without them realising, was hidden in at least 50 apps in the Google Play store. A list of apps can be found further down this page.

According to the Check Point researchers who discovered it, ExpensiveWall has been downloaded between one million and 4.2 million times.

“The malware registers victims to premium services without their knowledge and sends fraudulent premium SMS messages, charging their accounts for fake services,” the researchers said.

“In some cases, the SMS activity takes place without giving the user any notice. In other cases, the malware presents the user with a button called ‘Continue’, and once the user clicks the button, the malware sends a premium SMS on [their] behalf.”

A number of people who installed ExpensiveWall-infected apps tried to warn other users off downloading them by leaving negative reviews on Google Play. Some of these read:

“The comments indicate that the app is promoted on several social networks including Instagram, which might explain how it came to be downloaded so many times,” said Check Point.

The ExpensiveWall apps were reported to Google on 7 August and removed from the Play store.

However, Check Point says more infected apps were made available to download on Google Play “within days”. These were taken down four days later.

The ExpensiveWall apps requested a number of permissions from users after being downloaded, including internet and SMS access.

These are fairly common permissions that most users wouldn’t think twice about granting, but allowed ExpensiveWall to operate.

However, Check Point says it could have caused a lot more damage.

“While ExpensiveWall is currently designed only to generate profit from its victims, a similar malware could be easily modified to use the same infrastructure in order to capture pictures, record audio, and even steal sensitive data and send the data to a command and control (C&C) server,” it said.

“Since the malware is capable of operating silently, all of this illicit activity takes place without the victim’s knowledge, turning it into the ultimate spying tool.”

Check Point says ExpensiveWall is a new variant of a malware found on Google Play earlier this year by McAfee, and says “the entire malware family” has been downloaded between 5.9 million and 21.1 million times.

If you downloaded an ExpensiveWall-infected app, you should delete it immediately. Check Point has listed the following apps online:

  • I Love Fliter
  • Tool Box Pro
  • X WALLPAPER
  • Horoscope
  • X Wallpaper Pro
  • Beautiful Camera
  • Color Camera
  • Love Photo
  • Tide Camera
  • Charming Camera
  • Horoscope
  • DIY Your Screen
  • Ringtone
  • ดวง 12 ราศี Lite
  • Safe locker
  • Wifi Booster
  • Cool Desktop
  • useful cube
  • Tool Box Pro
  • Useful Desktop
  • ดวง 12 ราศี Lite
  • Horoscope2.0
  • Yes Star
  • Shiny Camera
  • Simple Camera
  • Smiling Camera
  • Universal Camera
  • Amazing Toolbox
  • Easy capture
  • Memory Doctor
  • Tool Box Pro
  • Reborn Beauty
  • Joy Photo
  • Fancy Camera
  • Amazing Photo
  • Amazing Camera
  • Super Wallpaper
  • DD Player
  • Fascinating Camera
  • Universal Camera
  • Cream Camera
  • Looking Camera
  • DD Weather
  • Global Weather
  • Love Fitness
  • Pretty Pictures
  • Cool Wallpapers
  • Beauty Camera
  • Love locker
  • Real Star
  • Magic Camera
  • Wonder Camera
  • Funny Camera
  • Easy Camera
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Travel Camera
  • Photo Warp
  • Lovely Wallpaper
  • Lattice Camera
  • Quick Charger
  • Up Camera
  • Photo Power
  • HDwallpaper
  • Wonderful Games
  • BI File Manager
  • Wallpapers HD
  • Beautiful Video-Edit your Memory
  • Wonderful Cam
  • useful cube
  • Ringtone
  • Exciting Games
  • Replica Adventure
  • GG Player
  • Love Camera
  • Oneshot Beautify
  • Pretty Camera
  • CuteCamera
  • Cartoon Camera-stylish, clean
  • Art Camera
  • Amazing Video
  • Fine Photo
  • Infinity safe
  • Magical Horoscope
  • Toolbox
  • Cute Belle
  • CartoonWallpaper
  • Ringtone
  • Best Camera
  • Colorful Locker
  • Light Keyboard
  • Safe Privacy
  • Enjoy Wallpaper
  • File Manager
  • Fancy locker
  • Cute Puzzle
  • Smile Keyboard
  • Vitality Camera
  • Lock Now
  • Fancy Camera
  • Useful Camera
  • Vitality Camera
  • Sec Transfer
  • Lock Now
  • Magic Filter
  • Funny Video
  • Amazing Gamebox
  • Super locker
  • Music Player

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Feeling Drained? These Are The Apps To Blame

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For something we use so often, we certainly have a love/hate relationship with our smartphones. These devices, while endlessly useful, can often be the bane of our day-to-day lives when they give us the dreaded ‘1% battery’ notification. Yes, they can transform hour-long monotonous commutes, but that same distraction can also leave us wondering how we have come to rely on them so much. It’s all too familiar a scenario that, when we do need to use our phones for an important call or to reply to emails, we find them drained from too much time on Facebook.

But rather than burdening ourselves with battery packs or searching for easily accessible plugs, there is an easier way to extend battery life – simply by altering the way we use certain apps.

After conducting extensive research into over 3,000,000 Android users, Avast’s Android App Performance & Trend Report allows us to see which apps are the worst offenders for draining battery life, taking up storage and affecting overall performance. Meaning that when you choose to drain your battery by uploading statuses about last night’s Game of Thrones, at least you did it knowingly.

Social Media and Instant Messaging: the Reformed and the Repeat Offenders

Historically, social media apps have been recognised as greedy users of both data and battery. This unwanted reputation has led to a number of improvements for well-known apps in the past year, showing that concerns around performance are equally important to their creators as they are to consumers.

Take Snapchat and Facebook. The popular image messenger and social media behemoth have made concerted efforts in the last six months to reduce the impact they have on Android devices. Having previously held the top two positions for performance-draining apps, both have shown marked improvements by removing themselves from the top 10 overall worst offenders list, according to our report.

Instant messaging apps are some of our most commonly used in daily life and each person has their own personal favourite. But which one is the most efficient at maximising your phone’s performance? Despite improvements in the overall categories, both the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps are still gluttons for battery and data.

Many users may not be aware that this can be quickly remedied by simply accessing the social media site through a browser, rather than the app. It means the app can be deleted which will save battery and free up some all-important space.

WhatsApp is another prime offender for leeching charge. The instant messenger service ranks as the sixth highest battery drainer in apps that run from start-up.

Spring-Cleaning Your Smartphone

Many people won’t be aware of this, but Facebook and Instagram use your phone’s internal memory to stow away a whole host of files you didn’t even know were there. Considering a whole host of other apps also run from start-up, a bevy of files begin to accumulate before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee. Browsers like Chrome and Firefox, as well as messenger and navigation apps, are also guilty of similar problems.

Designated cleaning apps are a great fix for this as they monitor and scan the hidden caches on your device, ensuring that your smartphone is fully optimised without any unnecessary baggage.

Streamlining Your Streaming

While the move from storing media to streaming has afforded our smartphones a lot more space, there are still a number of apps moonlighting as serious storage hogs. Key culprits are Netflix and Spotify, which adds insult to injury as they’re both very high up the list of battery sappers, too.

Streaming apps are best used when your device is plugged in and charging, but if you really need your latest fix of EastEnders while on the go, most streaming apps have offline modes to conserve both your battery and data. Downloading a programme while connected to Wi-Fi before watching it later offline is the most economical way of viewing your favourite shows. It will ensure you don’t get caught short missing the crucial cliff-hanger as your battery slowly dies.

Top Tips for Prolonging Battery Life

In addition to the aforementioned points, there are a number of other ways to help you get the most out of your device. Push notifications are useful for urgent news updates or as gentle nudges to continue our Spanish lessons. But do we need Facebook telling us we haven’t ‘updated our profile in six weeks’? Push notifications consume valuable resources. Evaluate which ones you can live without.

While GPS can get you out of a number of sticky situations, it’s not always essential. Switch it off when you don’t need it and give your phone a much-needed boost.

But alas, all of these performance-affecting apps have nothing on the number one cause of battery consumption: screen brightness. Amazingly, screen brightness is accountable for up to 80 percent of entire power consumption. Most modern smartphones come with an ‘auto’ option for screen displays, increasing and decreasing the brightness depending on your surroundings. Leaving this option on will not only ensure your eyes get the break they sometimes need from a bright screen, but you’ll also gain more precious minutes on your smartphone.

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Performers/Creatives reviews – Irvine Welsh’s two plays are exercises in tedium

Embarrassingly limp: George Russo and Perry Benson in Performers.

Not so much theatre shows as exercises in tedium, these new pieces from Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh would never have seen the light of day if they didn’t have his name attached. An audience expecting the skanky wit and vim of Trainspotting will be disappointed by this duo of tired and clumsy plays.

Performers, written with Dean Cavanagh, is potentially the more interesting of the two. Apparently, when making the 1970 movie Performance, which starred Mick Jagger and James Fox, directors Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell wanted to hire real villains to play the gangsters. Their quest for authenticity sees low-life criminals Alf (Perry Benson) and Bert (George Russo) turning up at the production offices. But with slack direction from Nick Moran, it has all the tension of a used teabag. The comic tour de force that is supposed to ensue when a pretentious young assistant director persuades Alf to take off his clothes is embarrassingly limp.

Set in 1969, it would have looked dated and if it had actually been written that year, and – in their own quest for authenticity – Welsh and Cavanagh appear to have copied out a cockney rhyming slang dictionary lock, stock and barrel.

Creatives: bland, slick shininess.
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 Creatives: bland, slick shininess. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

If Performers aims for comic grittiness and misses by a mile, Creatives is all bland, slick shininess; straight out of the Fame mould. It’s a musical, written with Don de Grazia, about a group of would-be songwriters attending a Chicago course run by former punk Paul, whose career has nosedived and whose personal life is complicated.

The students are all stereotypes, ranging from moody goth girl to (bizarrely) a redneck Trump supporter, and the entire thing starts to resemble an audition for the X Factor but with less convincing back stories, until a violent plot twist pushes it into outright melodrama.

The US cast are game, and Laurence Mark Wythe’s music and lyrics cry out for a better vehicle than this cliched attempt to explore the price of creativity and the pressures to sell out for a quick buck. One imagines that is exactly what Welsh has done with these abysmal efforts.

 Performers is at the Assembly Rooms until 27 August. Box office: 0131-623 3030. Creatives is at the Pleasance Courtyard until 28 August. Box office: 0131-556 6550.

Source:-theguardian