Get study-ready with Huawei’s unbeatable again to highschool lineup

 Schools are set to fling their gates in the coming weeks, so now is the time to ensure you have all the right equipment in order to perform at your best on your new educational adventure – no matter whether you’re returning to the classroom or studying from home. Thankfully, Huawei’s back to school lineup has you covered – no matter whether you’re in the market for a high-performance laptop or an affordable wearable to ensure you never miss a beat.Laptops and tabletsIf you’re on the lookout for a laptop that will see you through your school day and beyond, look no further than the Huawei MateBook 13. This portable machine boasts an impressive 13-inch 2K FullView touchscreen that delivers a fully immersive visual experience, while its 3:2 ratio is ideal for powering through reading and writing tasks.It’s fast, too. The Huawei MateBook 13 features a 10th-generation Intel Core processor and Nvidia graphics that will make powering through schoolwork – be it writing an essay or editing and video – an absolute breeze, while its large battery will ensure you don’t run out of power halfway through the day. If you do run out of juice, the laptop’s Quick Charge technology will equip you with more than 2-hours of battery life after just 15 minutes on charge.  If you’re after something even more powerful, the Huawei MateBook D15 has you covered. Not only does this laptop boast incredible power courtesy of Intel’s latest 11th-generation processor technology, but it also features a large 15.6-inch IPS FullView Display that lets every image burst with detail and clarity. (Image credit: Huawei)The screen has also been specially designed to relieve eye strain and vision fatigue, which ensures your eyes are kept fresh and sharp at every moment. Despite arriving crammed full of innovative features, such as Huawei’s own Shark fin fan and fingerprint technologies, the Huawei MateBook D15 is slim and light enough to fit inside the smallest of backpacks. The laptop measures in at just 16.9 mm-thick and tips the scales at just 1.56kg, but don’t let its lightness fool you — the stylish, smooth-to-the-touch body is strong and sturdy, for a versatile machine you can take just about anywhere.For those after something even more portable, the Huawei MatePad 11 is the ultimate back to school tablet. It features a large 120Hz touchscreen complete with Huawei M-Pencil support, making it the perfect device for note-making, annotating and drawing perfectly formed diagrams. For those looking to take their productivity to the next level, the MatePad 11 can be linked up to your laptop as a secondary screen, enabling you to work on multiple projects simultaneously and easily drag and drop files between screens. Wearables and audio(Image credit: Huawei)For those looking to upgrade their wrist ahead of the return to the classroom, look no further than Huawei’s impressive smartwatch lineup. The Huawei Watch 3 is the ultimate wrist-worn companion, boasting a vibrant 1.43-inch AMOLED screen to ensure you never miss a deadline, and innovative eSIM technology that enables the wearable to be used as a standalone communication device – no phone required.For those with a more refined taste, the Huawei Mate GT 2 Pro has your wrist covered. The premium smartwatch boasts a gorgeous, water-resistant design that’s sure to turn heads both inside and outside of the classroom, while its advanced activity tracking features – which includes precise data tracking for 100+ workout modes including climbing, outdoor running, and tennis – will ensure you stay active when you’re not sat at your desk. For audiophiles, Huawei also offers a range of premium earbuds in the form of the Huawei FreeBuds Pro and FreeBuds 4i. The former boasts refined noise cancellation to ensure you’re always focused on the task at hand, while the latter delivers 10-hours of continuous playback to ensure they’re on-hand throughout the entire school day. Shop Huawei’s full Back to School range: SAUDI ARABIA | UAE | ITALY | SPAIN | FRANCE | GERMANY | UK | RUSSIA | CZECH REPUBLIC | POLAND | PHILIPPINES | MEXICO | ROMANIA | TURKEY

Snap up this Eufy dwelling safety for its lowest worth ever

The best home security cameras make it easy to check in on your property when you’re not around. However, they can be a costly purchase, so a good home security camera deal is always welcome.In the US, Amazon has slashed 23% off the price of the EufyCam 2C security camera, reducing it to just $169.99 from $219.99. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this two-camera security kit, beating the deals we saw on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Not in the US? Scroll down for the best home security camera deals in your region.) Today’s best Eufy security camera deals in the USEufyCam 2C: $219.99 $169.99 at AmazonAmazon has knocked $50 off the cost of this battery-powered security camera, which can record full HD video during the day and at night if motion is detected. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for this two-camera home security kit. However, we don’t know how long the offer will last, so we suggest you snap up this home security camera deal now. View DealThe EufyCam 2C includes a base station, which comes with 16GB of storage space for video clips recorded by the camera when motion is detected in its field of view. This means there’s no need to sign-up to a monthly subscription if you want to review the video recorded by the camera at a later date. It also creates a stronger Wi-Fi connection with the cameras compared to those that link directly to your home network, which should help those that struggle with connection issues. The EufyCam 2C is very similar to Eufy’s top-of-the-range home security camera system, EufyCam 2, which currently tops our list of the best home security cameras on the market – the main difference being how long the batteries last for between charges. You’ll get six months of use from the Eufy 2C before it needs recharging, while the EufyCam 2 will last up to one year between charges. Both the EufyCam 2C and the EufyCam 2 record video clips in full HD when motion is detected in the camera’s field of view. However, the night vision on the EufyCam 2C isn’t as detailed either – although, for most homes, it will still capture sufficiently clear footage of any activity at night. More home security camera deals

The most affordable Nintendo Swap bundles, offers and sale costs in August 2021

Jump to section:Nintendo Switch deals are still difficult to find in the US, while the UK has a number of strong bundle offers from Currys featuring many of the console’s best first-party games. They’re definitely far from the strongest Nintendo Switch bundles we’ve seen in recent weeks, but you can still find a good saving or two.We’re keeping a close eye on Nintendo Switch deals and stock over the course of the week, so as soon as we hear of a Joy-Con hitting a shelf we’ll be bringing you all the latest prices. We’ve been scouring the web for all the latest discounts, and you’ll find all our top picks of the best Nintendo Switch bundles just below. If you’re looking to kit yourself out with everything you need straight from the off, you can save some serious cash with these offers, even if Nintendo Switch bundles themselves are running a little low right now. If you want to play online multiplayer and get other benefits like free games you’ll want to pick up a Nintendo Switch Online subscription deal as well. So, if you’re not interested in waiting for a Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order, here’s all the best Nintendo Switch deals available right now. Keep your eyes peeled on upcoming Labor Day sales for more discounts on games and accessories as well.The latest cheap Nintendo Switch dealsThe comparison chart below will bring you the best Nintendo Switch deals on the console by itself. As stock fluctuates, however, we have seen prices rise and fall with demand. Don’t pay any more than the US MSRP of $299 and the UK RRP of £279, then, because as dire as stock may seem those costs do ultimately drop back down again with a new wave of inventory. If you’re after a cheaper alternative, the Nintendo Switch Lite can be found for around $199 (£199). This handheld only console doesn’t dock, however, and doesn’t feature detachable Joy-Con. We’re also rounding up all the best Nintendo Switch Lite bundles as well and look for upcoming offers during the 4th of July sales event.Nintendo Switch bundles (USA)Nintendo Switch (Red & Blue): $299 at AmazonNintendo Switch stock is seeing a resurgence in the US, after a few weeks of inventory woes. While deals are still scarce (save for some memory card bundles below) this is the best way to get your hands on a console right now.View DealAnimal Crossing Nintendo Switch: $299 at AmazonYou’ll also find the Animal Crossing edition is still up for grabs at Amazon this week, which is particularly impressive considering this console usually runs out of stock well before the other color variants.View DealNintendo Switch | 128GB memory card: $334.98 $322.49 at AmazonYou’re not saving too much here, but you can shave $13 off the price of a Nintendo Switch console and 128GB official Nintendo memory card when you grab both together at Amazon right now. Considering stock has been so low over the last few months that’s an excellent offer, though if you’re not fussed about picking up a Nintendo branded memory card you might find better deals on microSD cards in the future.View DealNintendo Switch bundles (UK)Nintendo Switch | Minecraft: £289 at CurrysWhile we were seeing this Nintendo Switch bundle available for the console’s original £279 RRP, a reduction in the number of offers available at Currys has driven this price up to £289. That’s still good value considering you’re saving £10 on the price of the game, but there have been better offers before.View DealNintendo Switch | Animal Crossing New Horizons: £299 at CurrysThere’s currently a wide range of bundles at Currys featuring a Nintendo Switch and a premium first-party game for £299. With these, you’re effectively getting the game for at least half-price. That’s a great deal when paired with Animal Crossing New Horizons – one of the console’s most popular games in recent years.View DealNintendo Switch | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: £299 at CurrysHere’s a saving of £20 on one of the biggest games available on Nintendo Switch. The multi-million selling racer is one of the console’s key titles and will provide hours of fun. It’s an essential and perfect way to start your Switch games library – especially at this discounted price.View DealNintendo Switch | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Joy-Con Racing Wheels: £309 at CurrysFor that (slightly) more authentic touch when playing Mario Kart 8, you can pick up this Switch bundle that also includes a pair of Joy-Con Racing Wheels for an extra £10. It’s only a few quid cheaper than buying them separately, but it’s a nice little bonus for those who like to play with motion controls.Nintendo Switch | The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD: £299 at CurrysFor anyone who missed it on the Nintendo Wii, this Nintendo Switch bundle will net you a console and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for just £20. The remake of the divisive RPG only launched in July so this is a great price for it already. View DealNintendo Switch | Pokémon Sword: £299 at CurrysAgain, there’s another £20 saving up for grabs on this bundle that features the first of the two mainline Pokémon games available for Nintendo Switch.View DealNintendo Switch | Pokémon Shield: £299 at CurrysHere’s a Nintendo Switch deal that includes Pokémon Shield, the counterpart to Pokémon Sword on Nintendo Switch. This bundle also offers a £20 saving, so you can simply choose between which Pokémon game you’d prefer.View DealNintendo Switch | Mario Golf Super Rush: £299 at CurrysOne of the latest games to land on Nintendo Switch is this recent and more frenetic entry in the Mario Golf series. It’s rare to find even a small saving on new Switch games, so getting £20 off Super Rush as part of this bundle is an excellent deal.View DealNintendo Switch | Luigi’s Mansion 3: £299 at CurrysEven though Luigi’s Mansion 3 launched back in 2019, in traditional Nintendo style it’s held its price well over the years. This drop to £20, when bought as part of a Switch bundle at Currys, is a great price for the spooky adventure featuring Mario’s green-capped bro.View DealNintendo Switch | Ring Fit Adventure: £314 at CurrysThe at-home workout game Ring Fit Adventure had been difficult to get your hands on this time last year, but right now you can save over £20 on both the accessory and a Nintendo Switch console. That’s an excellent price, cheaper than the going rate for many standard Nintendo Switch bundles just a few months ago, let alone one with a peripheral worth £69.99.View DealNintendo Switch | The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Pack: £329.99 at My Nintendo StoreWhile this isn’t the best price we’ve seen for a Nintendo Switch and a copy of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD, the extra £35 of freebies make it a more enticing purchase. You’ll get a free PDP Deluxe Case Elite to keep your console, games and accessories safe when on the move. Plus, there’s a 64GB SD card to ensure you have enough room for future game installs.View DealNintendo Switch | Paper Mario: The Origami King: £289.99 at GameAs one of the more premium games available for the Switch, this is a great bundle price for a console and a copy of quirky RPG The Origami King. Usually, you would expect to pay around £320 for this pairing, so you’re essentially getting the latest Paper Mario for just £10.View DealEdge magazine subscription deals start at just £15Need help deciding what to play on your new Switch? Edge magazine has reviews and previews of all the latest games, as well as news and insight from across the industry. As one of the oldest and most trusted in the business, Edge has got you covered. Subscribe now from just £15.View DealNintendo Switch bundles: how to spot a good dealJust because Nintendo Switch bundles are cheap might not mean they are good deals. Many retailers often include cheaper games with their Nintendo Switch bundles and still charge standard price. Games readily available for $20 – $30 can sneak their way into the premium-priced deals, lowering the overall value of the offering. In this case, it’s worth picking up a Nintendo Switch deal with a full $60 game and grabbing the cheaper title separately if you’re desperate to play it. For this reason, it’s always worth double checking the going price of the bundled game you’re picking up against the overall cost to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Nintendo Switch sales outside of busy shopping periods (Black Friday or the holidays) are more likely to try this tactic. (Image credit: Nintendo)Nintendo Switch LiteThe Nintendo Switch Lite was released at just $199.99/£199.99 in 2019. That’s $100/£80 less than the original Switch console. If you want to play games on the TV as well, you should go for the standard Nintendo Switch instead as the Lite is only playable in handheld mode.The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in multiple colour options. You can pick one up now in turquoise, gray, yellow or coral pink, as well as a special Pokemon Zacian & Zamazenta Edition. Cheap Nintendo Switch gamesLooking for something to play? Some of the latest Nintendo Switch sales might not be offering the game you’re looking to get into first. If not, use this price comparison chart below to find the cheapest Switch titles around. Extra Joy-Con dealsIf you’re looking for more multiplayer options, you might want to check out the latest Joy-Con deals. These controllers come in $10 more expensive than the Pro Controller (more on that below) but you do get two separate controllers to expand your options. Nintendo Switch deals rarely include these controllers in their bundles as well, so it’s not worth holding out for a mega-bundle.Or maybe you just fancy some different colors for your own use – the Neon Red / Blue Joy-Con pack offers opposing colors to the ones the console ships with, for example (left red and right blue). Check out the latest prices below, or shop the best cheap Joy-Con sales going right now. Nintendo Switch Pro controller dealsYou won’t actually need a Nintendo Switch Pro controller to play any games, so don’t feel pressured in to buying one. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is a more traditional-style pad and launched alongside the Nintendo Switch. Prices aren’t cheap though, starting around $69.99/£64.99. Nintendo Switch bundles have offered the Pro Controller in the past, but these are rare – and often higher value bundles setting you back a bit more cash – so we wouldn’t recommend waiting for them. Check out more Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deals in our dedicated guide. Possibly not! Remember how the Joy-Con controller splits in two? Turn them sideways and you get two basic controllers, each with their own analogue stick and face buttons – the d-pad acts as face functions on the left controller. We’ve seen 2K’s NBA series, Snipper Clips, FIFA 19, and Mario Kart being used this way for local multiplayer in both docked and tablet modes. So you get multiplayer functionality straight out of the box with no additional purchase required.However, if you want to play four-player games, then you’re going to need to invest in an extra pair of Joy-Con controllers or some Pro controllers. We’d buy the Joy-Cons as a pair (see our comparison chart above) as you’ll save a bit of cash over buying them separately. Better yet, if your friends own a Switch, ask them to bring their controllers to the party!Nintendo Switch bundles rarely offer extra controllers at the standard price, as these are particularly pricey gamepads. However, retailers sometimes include a Pro Controller in their Nintendo Switch sales with a slightly higher price tag. When to shop for Nintendo Switch salesNintendo Switch sales are usually most fruitful around the holiday period. You’ll find the year’s biggest games tend to release between October and December, which gives bundles a higher value when they include these titles at a discount price. However, any big first party release generally yields Nintendo Switch bundles as well so don’t take those Mario Party games for granted – they could save you cash on your Switch.Nintendo Switch Micro SD memory card dealsWith only 32GB of internal storage, you’ll be wanting to pick up a cheap memory card or two for your new Nintendo Switch for any digital purchases or the inevitable game-fixing patches. Don’t fret though, they’re actually surprisingly cheap, with even 64GB ones coming in at under £20/$25.What memory cards does the Nintendo Switch need? Those will be Micro SD cards also known as, depending on their size, as MicroSDHC (up to 32GB) or MicroSDXC (up to a huge 2TB soon). Nintendo also has their own branded cards, but you’ll be paying more just for a label. So for now, we’d take a look at this range of cheap MicroSDXC Nintendo Switch-friendly cards.

Greatest internet design software program of 2021

The best web design software makes it simple and easy to build the website you need, either by offering a coding platform, or a drag-and-drop interface.The best web design softwareIt used to be the case that the only option was to code a website directing, using HTML & CSS and even JavaScript. However, these days drag-and-drop editors have become much more commonplace, making it a breeze for anyone to customize or even build their own website.Whichever option you prefer, all of them make it easier to build in the elements you require on your website, and can work with additional tools such as form builders, image hosting, and even content delivery networks.In this guide we have focused on the best web design tools currently available. When weighing up which to include, we have focused on ease of use, supported web languages, cost, and how easy the tools make it to upload the finished project once you are done.(Image credit: Wix)1. WixThe best web design software for beginnersReasons to buy+Very easy to use+No coding required+Huge range of powerful features+Yet still highly user-friendlyWix is more of a website builder than a coding platform, but it is one of the most popular online website creators, offering a range of plans and products. The free version has Wix branding, limited storage space (500MB) and bandwidth, but move up to the most popular plan (unlimited) and there’s no Wix ads. An excellent collection of 500 plus templates gets the design process off to a quick start. The drag-and-drop editor gives you all kinds of tools and features to explore – an image editor, video backgrounds, animations, social buttons, an integrated site blog – and just about everything can be tweaked, tuned and restyled. Furthermore, as of recently, Wix introduced Wix Turbo, which increases the speed and performance of websites substantially.All the core editing functions are really smartly designed, and operate more like a native app than your average website builder. Wix does have some weaknesses, with tech support seeming a little sluggish and limited in some respects. But there’s no denying that the superb editor and range of top-notch templates make it easy for web building novices to create something impressive.(Image credit: Adobe)2. Adobe DreamweaverThe best web design software for professionalsReasons to buy+Customize your design+Build a responsive design+HTML5 supportReasons to avoid-Not cheapAdobe Dreamweaver is a long-established app that allows you to code your website design directly, without having to know too much about programming. The software works through a mix of visual editing and HTML editing, which means it shouldn’t have too steep a learning curve for most users.Additionally, while coding your own website design requires you to put in more effort than simply using an existing ready made template, at least you have the chance to ensure you get the look you actually want, rather than trying to work around someone else’s design specifications.A particularly good feature of Dreamweaver is that it allows you to produce a responsive design, which means your website can be optimized to display on desktops as well as mobile devices, without limiting the user experience.However, if you are a more advanced user you may be pleased to note that Dreamweaver provides multi-monitor support for Windows. It also supports the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) to work with HTML5 elements and CSS grids. Additionally, there’s also support for Git to allow you to edit source code directly from within Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver is available as part of Adobe’s mid-range packaged app subscription service, Creative Cloud, which also includes Photoshop. (Image credit: WordPress)3. WordPressThe best custom option for beginnersReasons to buy+Easy to install and use+Many available features+Pre-built website templatesReasons to avoid-Watch out for spamWordPress is an alternative way to set up and design your website, being rather different to the other offerings we’ve highlighted here because it’s actually a content management system (CMS). The power here is that it is a simple matter to set up a website in minutes. Indeed, many web hosting packages include a one-click install of WordPress from their Control Panel, but even without that, WordPress is relatively easy to install.Once installed, the backend for administration and management is very user-friendly. You can use the existing WordPress design templates for your website, but more likely you will want to download and install an existing free or premium WordPress template – all of which can be done with just a few clicks.Even if you would prefer to work with your own design, you can often do so using drag-and-drop functions, usually from a downloaded design with an in-built framework. This can allow you to create a professional-looking website without having to learn programming or coding at all.Better still, there are so many free add-ons available to download and install, often requiring nothing more than a few clicks. This makes the whole process of customizing your website very simple, and it does not require any professional skills.Overall, WordPress is a very easy CMS to use, and can provide a very quick way to get any form of website online fast. The huge variety of template designs and additional community supported features mean that getting something which is near the mark of what you want isn’t hard at all. Just ensure that in the settings you select to turn off comments so as to avoid spam.(Image credit: Weebly)4. WeeblyThe DIY e-commerce websiteReasons to buy+Professional look+Mobile-friendly+Easy to personalizeWeebly is another online CMS, this time targeted at people with little or no coding experience, by providing easy to use drag and drop tools for creating a website. Weebly also provides the ability for users to create online stores using existing templates to work with their simply website-building framework.The number of themes available for Weebly is somewhat limited, but the designs are clean and professional-looking, plus there are options to personalize accordingly. Additionally, the themes are responsive, which means they are optimized to work with mobile devices, plus they have in built SEO, analytics, and even a feature for posting ads directly to Facebook.There’s a free tier available for basic use, and allows you to get used to the service, with paid plans allowing you to connect a custom domain. However, to use your own domain and get rid of ads, you’ll need the Professional plan.(Image credit: Webflow)5. WebflowCloud-based offering that needs no coding knowledgeReasons to buy+Drag and drop GUI+Truly cross-platformReasons to avoid-Interface takes time to masterWebflow is a cloud-based service which has been created specifically to allow people with no coding knowledge to get started with web design.Aside from being truly cross-platform, as it’s web-based, Webflow emphasizes the concept of ‘smart codelessness’. In the first instance this means a crisp drag and drop interface allowing you to drop elements such as text and images seamlessly onto a page using one of the freely available templates.Unlike many WYSIWYG editors, the code produced is very clean and well-written even if you choose the ‘I have no coding experience’ option during setup. Webflow’s automation tool will create the necessary HTML/CSS code for you. You can make granular changes to individual elements using the panels on the right.Webflow offers a free demonstration of its features via the website, and you can also subscribe for a free Starter package which allows you to create up to two projects.(Image credit: Bluefish)6. BluefishLightweight and easy to use web coding platformReasons to buy+Lightweight and quick+Use advanced code via wizardsReasons to avoid-No visual interfaceBluefish is among the smallest web design tools available today. The tiny installer takes only a few moments to setup. While the interface is text-only, it’s clearly designed with novices in mind as it employs clear-cut toolbars, user customizable menus and syntax highlighting.While the main focus is on HTML, Bluefish supports a huge range of other languages including PHP, Java, JavaScript, SQL, XML and CSS. Unlike visual WYSIWYG web design tools, the text interface makes for much cleaner code.Bluefish has an excellent search function, allowing you to find text across multiple projects. The tool also has no trouble juggling hundreds of documents at the same time. Although Bluefish supports working with remote files, the varied and useful dialogs and wizards don’t currently support direct upload of web pages via FTP.Despite the best efforts of the developers, Bluefish may take some time to get used to. The tool is available free of charge, however, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try. (Image credit: Microsoft)7. Visual Studio CodeA text editor from MicrosoftReasons to buy+Customizable+Loads of integrations+Source control toolsVisual Studio Code (or VScode) has become popular among developers – the ones who aren’t put off by the fact that it’s a Microsoft product, anyway. It offers a variety of packages and free extensions that can be downloaded from its marketplace to add additional features – and the code editor itself can be customized. While a lot of people may be intimated by the idea of coding if they have no programming experience, at some point in the web design process it can be important to be able to edit code directly. This is particularly helpful if you want to customize code for existing software add-ons in order to get the features you want for your website. Visual Studio Code can help make the process less painful by providing a dedicated platform for coding.Visual Studio Code sports its own terminal and debugger, supports linting, and has integration with all manner of source control tools. It especially offers good support for Javascript and Python, making it potentially useful not just for coding the frontend of a website but also potentially some backend functions as well.If you’re involved in web design, the chances are you’ll also need some graphic design skills and assets. Here we’ll look at a couple of other resources and assets you’ll properly need to help with your website design process:1. Graphics programYou don’t need anything too expensive or fancy unless you’re chasing a career in graphic design or illustration. However, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to create simple logos, headings, text features, as well as manipulate photos, all as part of your website design.There are a lot of different packages out there, from GIMP which is a completely free software platform, to older software such as Jasc’s Paint Shop Pro which remains a competent program that can be bought on the cheap at Amazon.Alternatively, check out these other features for the latest in best, and sometimes free, software you might want to use:2. Stock photosOn top of creating your own graphics, there’s also a good chance you’ll want to use stock photos to really give your website a professional look.Stock photos are available on almost any subject matter, and on top of that there are also an increasing number of stock video websites, in case you want to add video media.Even better is that there are a number of free stock image and video websites, but be advised that these tend to be much more limited than paid-for stock image sites.Here you can check out some of our features on these, to help you choose the best ones:You might also want to look at our many web hosting guides:

The most effective POS system for your online business in 2021

The best point of sale (POS) systems enable your business to quickly and easily accept payments and, as we explore below, POS systems can empower your business to achieve so much more.From customer insight and marketing, to employee monitoring and inventory management, the best POS systems help streamline your business by making payment, operations, and inventory re-stocking much more efficient.To help you choose the right POS system for your business, we’ve created this in-depth guide which explains all the benefits and features of POS systems, as well as reviewing and comparing all of the most popular POS providers.Or, if you’re ready to speak with a POS provider right now, we can help by providing a free quote tailored to your needs from out trusted partners.

Our pick of the best POS systems compared
POS systemLowest monthly feeCard ratesFree trialSupportAirPOS$29.99Integrates with iZettle, SumUp, and WorldPay14 daysOnline formLightspeed£692.6% + 10¢14 days24-hr phone support (reduced weekend hours)Shopify$292.7%14 days24/7 chat supportEpos Now$39Integrates with iZettle and others30 daysEmail support (Pro: 24/7 phone support)Square$02.6% + 10¢N/APhone and chat supportTouchBistro$692.75% + $0.257 daysPhone, email, help page

In today’s digital world, your customers have a wide variety of options when it comes to making a purchase: contactless cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay via cell phone, third-party online payment providers, and even digital currencies like Bitcoin.What’s more, people like using digital payment options. A recent study by Mastercard found that 50% of consumers globally prefer these new kinds of payments over cash. With greater flexibility in your point of sale system you can speed up transactions and improve customer satisfaction.Therefore, it makes sense that any modern business should offer the payment options its customers wants to use. No one wants to cancel a sale because a customer has to run to an ATM to withdrawal cash. Chances are, they’re not coming back.These new digital payment-processing technologies can also be leveraged by businesses to better understand customer spending habits, manage inventories of all sizes, and offer practical services like on-floor payment processing and price checking.A modern POS system ties all this together and can do wonders for your front-end and back-end operations. But which is the right one for your business?Let’s start by answering some of the most frequently-asked questions about POS and ePOS systems.What is a POS system?A POS system will enable you to take payments but can do so much more besides. (Image credit: Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash)POS stands for ‘point of sale’, and simply refers to the place in a store or restaurant where a financial transaction takes place. In the past, this has almost always meant the cash register, which often remains a prominent part of a modern POS system (it just doesn’t have to).The best POS systems have evolved to do much more than simply manage transactions: they can intelligently manage your stock; handle discounts, sales, and surge pricing; integrate directly with back-end accounting software; and even track employees.So what is a POS system, exactly? A POS system typically comprises four main components: a screen to overview and manage information relative to a sale, a card reader, a receipt printer, and software that ties everything together. Of course, in retail sectors, a barcode scanner is also part of the system.They’re also sometimes referred to as ‘ePOS systems’, where the ‘e’ stands for ‘electronic’.How much does a POS system cost?Usually, you’ll pay once for hardware and then monthly for software use and additional services, although there are some providers who don’t charge monthly, with all fees taken from transactions (usually a flat fee plus a percentage of the transaction).Also, not all providers sell both hardware and software, and not all charge for either hardware or software.In terms of POS hardware—that is, a payment screen, card reader, and printer—the costs have come down in recent years, and you can get all the hardware you need for a single terminal for about $600. Many modern providers have an array of components to choose from, so you can mix and match as needed.POS software is usually paid monthly or annually and varies widely. Simplest ones, like AirPOS, are as little as $30.00 per month, while Shopify Advanced comes in at $300, albeit with a bevy of extra features. Epos, on the other hand, allows for a one-time payment of $750, and Square POS only charges per transaction.Finally, you’ll likely incur certain transactional fees in your day-to-day operations, depending on provider. For each transaction, you’ll be charged anywhere from 1-5% of the price. These vary between providers and even packages from the same provider.More expensive options often have less costly transactional fees, so you’ll need to balance things according to your business’s average activity.How many POS terminals do I need?This depends on the size of your business and your daily turnover. For smaller or medium-sized businesses that deal with lower volume, a single payment terminal is usually enough.Restaurants may want to invest in multiple handheld payment terminals (or use Apple or Android tablets) to enable payments to be taken at tables by serving staff.For medium-sized businesses dealing with high volume and for larger companies, two or three terminals will be ideal. The best solution is to start with one or two based on your volume and scale up as needed.Are all POS systems PCI compliant?While most, if not all, POS systems are PCI compliant, simply using one doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about other components of your payment ecosystem. Opting for a POS that manages more details can help streamline the process, but it may be more costly.Read our article about PCI compliance to learn more.What is a mobile POS?A mobile POS system is ideal for a restaurant. (Image credit: Shutterstock)POS systems have evolved to become more flexible, so they work on many devices. For example, with nothing but a smartphone and mobile card reader, you can manage payments, refunds, and more. Mobile POS solutions are especially useful for small businesses and those without a fixed address, like food trucks and personal trainers. But they also represent a great opportunity for fixed businesses looking to leverage pop-up stores, kiosks, and mobile storefronts.For more info, read our article about the Best mobile credit card processors.What is a tablet POS?Most modern POS systems are built to work on iPads and Android tablets, which gives you greater flexibility. You can choose to have them fixed in place with a stand or to keep them free to serve customers in a new but increasingly popular way, which is a great option for a restaurant or bar.They’re often the easiest POS to use as well, as they’ve been simplified for easier handling on a tablet. Most of the POS systems in this guide are tablet compatible.What can a modern POS system do for your business?
Product Reports
Product reporting will help you better manage your stock and find opportunities for growth. Target poorly performing products for improvement or removal, and enact campaigns for the most popular ones. 

User accounts and permissions
Your staff doesn’t need access to everything. A POS system with user accounts and most importantly, permission settings will enable employees to perform their duties without you having to worry about them stumbling onto sensitive information.

Mobile features
Mobile hardware, Android and iOS applications, and handy mobile features like bill splitting, Apple and Google Pay compatibility, and receipt emailing can all make it easier for mobile and small businesses to satisfy customers and increase turnover.

Customer facing display
For retail businesses, this is considered indispensable, and there are many options out there. Modern customer-facing screens are a great opportunity to inform customers and promote campaigns, all while providing a smooth and transparent transaction experience

Customer Relationship Management
An umbrella term for a host of features and functionalities, CRM enables you to build better and more productive relationships with customers. Contact details and payment history, for example, can be used to keep customers informed of new products that may interest them. 

Employee tracking and reporting 
Streamline your daily operations with built-in employee clock-in and clock-out capabilities, and find opportunities for employee growth with reporting. Reward high performers and enact training when necessary.

Stock management 
A good stock management system can help you save costs and streamline operations. Many POS support multi-location stock management, enabling you to more quickly respond to stock problems or respond to customer requests.

Loyalty programmes
Included in CRM but still worthy of mention are loyalty programs, which many businesses have used with great success to boost sales and maintain customer involvement. A POS with strong loyalty program capabilities, as well as the ability to process gift cards, can be well worth the money.

Bulk operations
Getting started with a new POS doesn’t have to be a headache. POS systems that support bulk operations through CSV import, for example, or integration with third-party apps, will greatly simplify the process.
These features make it easier to turn impatient customers into enthusiastic ambassadors for your brand. A good POS can facilitate SRM by streamlining these processes.If you’re looking for advice about POS systems for specific type of business, then take a look at our guides to choosing the best POS systems for small business, POS systems for restaurants, and POS systems for retail.Get a free quote for your perfect POS systemWhy get a quote from us?• Save Time – Get up to four quotes from our selected suppliers by filling in just one form• Save Money – Save money by comparing quotes and choosing the most competitive offer• Free and No Obligation – Our service is 100% free and with no obligation to buyAre you looking to upgrade your point of sale to a modern POS system and benefit from its modern features?Our retail experts and certified partners can help you find the best POS solution for your business, be it a restaurant, small business, or in general retail.To request a quote, just fill in the form below to start the process. It takes less than a minute.Here’s how it works:Tell us about your business requirements and leave some contact details.We match your requirements with features and prices from our partners.Only the companies that match your requirements will reach out to you.The best POS system reviews(Image credit: Square)Square review – the best all-round POS system A great option for all business typesSpecificationsMonthly fee: $0 per monthCard rates: 2.6% + 10¢Free trial: N/ASupport: Phone and chatReasons to buy+No monthly fees+Wide range of hardware options+Can operate in offline modeReasons to avoid-Possibility of account freezes or suspensions-High fees for larger businessesSquare was one of the earliest providers to enable card payments directly from mobile devices, with hardware that plugs into a smartphone or tablet – a method that makes it easy and affordable for mobile business owners to take card payments without needing expensive POS hardware.While others have adopted the model, Square still remains one of the best choices for mobile businesses. Particularly attractive is the pricing: Square only charges per transaction, with no monthly fees for software use. This is all the more interesting given that at 2.6% + 10¢, transaction rates aren’t much higher than other providers.If you only need to occasionally take card payments, as is often the case with mobile entrepreneurs, this is a good compromise.Set-up is easy, and since the Square POS app works on both Apple and Android devices, it should feel immediately familiar. Handy features like Splitting a bill right from the product screen, PCI-compliant Cards on File, and an offline mode make this a surprisingly powerful little app.Square’s POS options and services have grown considerably in recent years, and it now offers a wide range of hardware and software solutions for businesses of all types.Accepted payment methods include Visa, Mastercard, American Express and rewards cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Bitcoin – via its Cash App.Read our full Square review. You might also like our Helcim POS and Adyen POS reviews. Shopify review – the best POS system for ecommerce Our top pick for online businessesSpecificationsMonthly fee: from $29 per monthCard rate: 2.7%Free trial: 14 daysSupport: 24/7 chatReasons to buy+Simple to implement+Highly versatile+Great user experienceReasons to avoid-Additional hardware requiredThe Shopify POS app is one of the best all-in-one e-commerce solutions available. Without the hardware, it’s a powerhouse for e-commerce businesses, but the addition of a simple card reader turns your smartphone or tablet into a complete POS solution for physical cash and card transactions. Shopify Basic comes in at a lean $29/mo, which makes it a good solution for small e-commerce businesses, though others shouldn’t dismiss it too quickly. Shopify Standard, at $79/mo, is a good all-round POS, and Advanced Shopify at $299/mo, while costly, is a full business management suite, with everything from staff tracking to advanced analytics. Card rates start at 2.7% and go as low as 1.5% for more expensive plans, so you can tailor your package to your volume. The basic version, great for e-commerce and small businesses, includes an online store, unlimited stock, staff accounts, 24/7 support, sales channels, order creation, and discount codes. Shopify works on both iOS and Android devices, so there’s not much of a learning curve here. If you know how to use your own device, you’re well on your way to opening up an online or physical store with Shopify.Read our full Shopify review.TouchBistro – best POS system for restaurantsPOS hardware and software designed specifically for catering businessesSpecificationsMonthly fee: From $69 per monthCard rates: 2.75% + $0.25Free trial: 7 daysSupport type: Phone, email, help pageReasons to buy+Great hardware options+Competitive pricing+Easy setupReasons to avoid-Customer service could be betterTouchBistro – as the name suggests – is a POS system designed with restaurants in mind. In addition to its mobile, tablet-centric point of sale system, TouchBistro can (depending on the plan you choose) manage menus, reservations, and tables, as well as customer benefits like loyalty rewards. It also supports online ordering, especially helpful if you’re looking to expand your delivery or food pick-up offerings.TouchBistro’s POS hardware and software – utilising iPads – is easy-to-use and well-suited for a restaurant or bar environment. Small restaurants can benefit from a single iPad POS system, where you have one payment terminal. Medium-sized restaurants can use up to five iPads with a sixth acting as the central terminal. Larger restaurants can benefit from custom-built POS systems with a PC as the central hub, enabling you to connect as many mobile devices as required.TouchBistro also offers other great hardware solutions such as self-serve kiosks, a digital menu board, and a kitchen display system, the latter streamlining FOH-BOH communications.With feature-rich software, competitive prices, and a simple setup process, TouchBistro represents excellent value for money. And if you own a restaurant or bar it would be hard to find a more-suited option for your needs.Read our full TouchBistro review.Epos Now POS review – the best POS system for hospitality Great for catering, hotels, and restaurantsSpecificationsMonthly fee: from $39 per monthCard rates: VariableFree trial: 30 daysSupport: Email supportReasons to buy+Built-in CRM+Own app store+Hosting outsourced to AWS for improved securityReasons to avoid-No knowledgebase-No kiosk option-Paid customer supportEpos Now is a cloud-based POS system that’s well-suited for use in hospitality settings, with a built-in CRM and plenty of extra capabilities, thanks to its app store. Because everything is in the cloud, you can access your reports and back-office tools from any browser, making this a convenient and highly versatile option.In terms of pricing, you can pay $750 up front for the software, which can mean big savings in the long run: it’s cheaper after just 20 months of use compared to the monthly rate.Product management and performance reporting will help you target opportunities, while employee reports enable you to train and incentivize where necessary. The built-in CRM will help you keep track of and analyze customer behavior. The loyalty mode is a great feature for hospitality businesses—it costs extra but is quite powerful.Payments are managed through third parties, like iZettle and PayPal, so transaction rates depend on these services, although the app store means there’s no shortage of payment options: cards, Apple Pay, etc. Read our full Epos Now review.Lightspeed review – best for bespoke solutions Another good all-rounder, with great flexibilitySpecificationsMonthly fee: from £69 per monthCard rates: 2.6% + 10¢Free trial: 14 daysSupport type: 24-hr phone (excl. weekends)Reasons to buy+Bespoke solution+Mac-friendly+Great reporting and analyticsReasons to avoid-No Windows or Android optionLightspeed is a rich and robust POS system, particularly well suited to restaurants, but it also works well for retail and e-commerce businesses. Lightspeed doesn’t offer off-the-shelf packages, so it’s a little more involved to sign up and get started. For smaller businesses looking for a simple solution, this may not be suitable, but for others, this customizability can be a real advantage.Basic restaurant pricing starts at £69/month, with different features and options that can be added as needed. Transaction rates for card payments start at 2.6% + 10p, which is about industry standard. Lightspeed also supports cash, checks, gift cards, and store credit variants.Stock management is a full-service key feature, built for both retail and restaurant POS systems. It’s extensive and highly customizable, in keeping with Lightspeed’s MO. Lightspeed is available for Apple devices only: iPad or desktop. However, the apps are powerful and easy to use, so even those unfamiliar with the Appleverse will have no problems. Set-up is more involved than other “ready-made” POS systems, but the upshot is a bespoke, perfectly adapted POS for your business.Read our full Lightspeed review.  (Image credit: AirPOS)AirPOS – best POS system for small business Recommended for SMBsSpecificationsMonthly fee: from £29.99 per monthCard rates: VariableFree trial: 14 daysSupport type: Online formReasons to buy+Easy sign up+No fixed contract+Integrates with companion servicesReasons to avoid-A little disjointed in placesAirPOS is a lesser-known POS service, but it has plenty to offer, including a simple and intuitive back-end and easy integration with payment and accounting software. Fully cloud-based, you can access your POS from anywhere and at any time. As it’s simple to use and easy to set up and has no fixed contracts, this is a great solution for small businesses. To make full use of AirPOS, including taking payments, you’ll need to integrate it with companion services like iZettle and SumUp, although this is an easy process. Because payments are handled through third parties, transaction rates are variable; iZettle, for example, starts at 1.75%.Hardware is available through UK-based ePOS company StoreKit, with a wide variety of hardware options. If you already have a tablet so all you need is a card reader, that’s an option too. For small businesses, this makes it easy to start small and add hardware as needed. Additional features are available with the Pro package (£39.99), including a loyalty program. AirPOS is available without a contract or any hidden fees—just pay the monthly rate and you’re good to go. Read our full AirPOS review.How we review POS systemsWe reviewed many different POS systems before deciding on which to feature in this guide. Our review process involves evaluating key factors, including features, ease of use, set-up, support, and of course, pricing. All our reviews are based on hands-on experience: we trial software and materials to get a clear picture of what features are included, for example, and how easy or difficult it is to get started and use the software.We anonymously contact user support so we can draw honest and informed conclusions about availability, knowledge, and friendliness. Finally, pricing is gleaned from websites, but we never hesitate to go in-depth with documentation and user support to provide the clearest possible picture.Learn more about the benefits of POS systemsLooking for more information on POS systems? Try these articles: Here we advise on How to choose a POS system; this feature explains How a POS system works; and in this article we demonstrate 5 ways POS systems help you manage staff.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife first reactions: right here's what the critics thought

A surprise screening of Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been held at CinemaCon – and those lucky enough to be in attendance have been unanimous in their praise for the sequel.The recently released Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer may be dominating the headlines after its official unveiling on Monday, August 23.Sony Pictures, though, had more shock reveals under its sleeve as part of its three-hour long CinemaCon presentation – one of which included an unexpected early screening of Ghostbusters: Afterlife.CinemaCon attendees, including US-based journalists, were some of the first film fans to see the forthcoming sequel ahead of its November release. Judging by the social media reactions in the wake of the screening, it seems that Ghostbusters: Afterlife may be a sequel that’s worthy of the first two instalments in the franchise.Writer-director Ben Mekler was one of the first to offer his thoughts on the movie, proclaiming that Afterlife is the sequel that “fans have been waiting for”:Surprise #GhostbustersAfterlife screening just blew the roof off #CinemaCon. LOVED IT. This movie meant everything to me – an emotional sequel that is guaranteed to be almost indecipherable to outsiders. This is what the fans have been waiting for. I WOULD DIE FOR MUNCHERAugust 24, 2021See moreTheWrap’s film editor Beatrice Verhoeven revealed that she was “pleasantly surprised” by Afterlife before lauding its humor, which is a staple component of any good Ghostbusters film:I was pleasantly surprised by #GhostbustersAfterlife! Really great story and I actually cackled a lot#CinemaCon 24, 2021See moreHollywood Critics Association founder Ben Menzel hailed the flick as “nostalgia done right”, saying that Afterlife’s blend of “classic Ghostbusters moments” with a novel approach will appeal to long time fans and newcomers alike:Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the Ghostbusters sequel that I’ve been waiting all my life to see. It is nostalgia done right. A perfect blend of classic Ghostbusters moments with a fresh & unique twist for a whole new generation to enjoy. I got goosebumps. #GhostbustersAfterlife 24, 2021See moreInsider’s Jason Guerrasio likened Afterlife to old school Steven Spielberg films and praises director Jason Reitman for being “extremely loyal” to the first two Ghostbusters movies with his vision:Ghostbusters: Afterlife … Wow! Was not expecting how heartfelt it is. It has a very childlike Spielberg vibe to it. And @JasonReitman is extremely loyal to the original. #CinemaCon 24, 2021See moreFinally, Bleeding Cool’s editor-in-chief Kaitlyn Booth admitted that she hadn’t been into Ghostbusters earlier in her life, but said Afterlife had “a ton of heart and a great cast” before teasing fans that there may be post-credits scenes to stick around for:#GhostbustersAfterlife was really great. As someone who wasn’t a massive of #Ghostbusters I had so much fun even without understanding the references. A ton of heart with a great cast. New and old fans are going to love it. Stay through the credits! #CinemaCon 24, 2021See moreSet 32 years after 1989’s Ghostbusters II, Afterlife follows single mom Callie (Carrie Coon) and her children Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) as they move into the former home of Phoebe and Trevor’s late grandfather.It isn’t long before the duo discover that their grandad was an ex-Ghostbuster, however – coincidentally around the same time that supernatural occurrences start to afflict their new hometown. It’s up to Phoebe, Trevor and their friends, then, to live up to their grandfather’s legacy and put a stop to this new otherworldly threat.Also starring Paul Rudd and former Ghostbusters stars including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, Ghostbusters: Afterlife arrives in theaters on November 11.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i comes with an Eleventh-gen Intel chipset and 120Hz show

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop with updates on the hardware front has been launched in India. This gaming laptop comes with various upgrades as compared to its predecessor that was launched last year.The highlights of this new laptop are its latest 11th Gen Intel Core chipsets coupled with NVIDIA’s latest 3050 graphics card and an aggressive price point. The laptop is aimed at students and young adults who’re looking for an affordable and entry-level gaming laptop.Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i price and specifications in India The price of the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i has been set at Rs. 89,990 and can be bought from Amazon and Lenovo’s official online platform. The laptop will be sold through Flipkart and other offline channels in near future. The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i will be offered in a single colour option – Shadow Black in India Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i specs and features As mentioned above, this is an upgrade to the laptop launched by Lenovo last year, hence it comes with all the key specifications that a gaming laptop required in 2021. To start, it comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS anti-glare panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. The display offers 250 nits of peak brightness, 45 per cent NTSC coverage, and DC dimming.The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-11370H processor coupled with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM and 90W maximum Total Graphics Power (TGP). In terms of memory, it comes with 8GB of RAM and has 512GB of M.2 NVMe SSD for storage.The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box and comes with two 2W stereo speakers with Nahimic Audio. Connectivity options on the laptop include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt 4 and moreUnlike more other gaming laptops, the keyboard on this laptops comes with white backlight instead of colourful RGB lights.The 45Whr battery on the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i comes with support for Rapid Charge Pro fast charging tech that can provide 50 per cent battery power in just 30 minutes of charging. Want to know about the latest happenings in tech? Follow TechRadar India on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Some Xiaomi telephones are getting a much-needed title change

While Xiaomi’s highest-end series of smartphones is currently called the ‘Mi’ line, as in Xiaomi Mi 11, that’s changing soon, as the company has confirmed it’s dropping the ‘Mi’ name.The company confirmed as much to XDA Developers, and apparently has already started this change beginning with the recent Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 – oh, the Xiaomi Mix 4 in that case! Due to that phone only launching in China, most of us missed the Mi title’s absence.This means future Mi handsets will likely see the same change – so Xiaomi 12 will be the 2021 flagship, not the Xiaomi Mi 12, and perhaps the imminent launch event will bring us the Xiaomi 11T, not the Mi 11T.It’s not clear when this change will begin – the company’s old phones are still listed with the ‘Mi’ title – but it might only affect future handsets.It’s unlikely this change will affect the Pocophone or Redmi lines, as they didn’t use the superfluous ‘Mi’, but due to the repetitive naming pattern of the Xiaomi Mi line (Xiaomi Mi 11), this makes total sense.Analysis: going the right way’As many words as possible’ seems to be the current smartphone naming trend. Even this year we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Honor Magic 3 Pro Max, Motorola Edge 20 Pro, Oppo Find X3 Pro, Sony Xperia 1 III, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – all of which have four or five words and can be rather head-scratching for people who aren’t up on their phone news.With that in mind, Xiaomi cleaning its names up is a welcome change. Though it’s only a small tweak, seeing a ‘Xiaomi 12’ on store shelves will easily communicate to less tech-savvy buyers that this is the twelfth-gen version of the phone, after the 11 and preceding the 13. The ‘Mi’ in there could have thrown some people – is there a ‘You’ or ‘We’ version as well?Sure, Xiaomi’s names were already pretty clear, and the above examples could really do with cleaning up a lot more. But positive change is always positive change, regardless of if it was made by the company that needed it most.The only true ‘victims’ here are tech journalists, who are going to keep forgetting to drop the ‘Mi’, and will therefore keep misnaming the phones. Anyway, time to edit this article…

Home windows 11 Darkish Mode soundscape is simply objectively higher

If you’re a frequent internet browser or a social media night owl, there’s a good chance you prefer the Dark Modes offered by various websites, and it seems like Windows 11 is taking that to heart.Reported by MSPoweruser (where you can also check out some previews of the new Windows 11 sounds), Microsoft has detailed that Windows 11’s Dark Mode won’t only change to a darker color palette, but it’ll sound slightly different, too, in an aim to best represent the operating system’s new theme of “calmness.”That element of calmness, in a first for Windows operating systems, is now extending to the soundscape, too. All those little beeps and jingles you hear on a daily basis will sound slightly different in Windows 11’s Dark Mode, with Microsoft putting a focus on less grating sound effects.A Microsoft spokesperson broke down the process of softening the soundscape to CNBC, stating: “The new sounds have a much rounder wavelength, making them softer so that they can still alert/notify you, but without being overwhelming. Just like we rounded UI [user interface] visually, we rounded our soundscape as well to soften the overall feel of the experience.”Windows 11’s Dark Mode sounds should be the defaultThe soundscape featured in Windows 11’s Dark Mode shouldn’t just be available for that specific screen orientation. They should outright become the default sounds for Windows 11, as they are far more appealing to listen to, lacking any of the abrasiveness of the sound effects of Windows’ past.The new Windows 11 Dark Mode sound effects are significantly less grating than those found in Windows 10, especially. We’ve all been unpleasantly surprised by an obnoxiously loud, tuning fork-esque Windows 10 alert sound while wearing headphones, and Microsoft appears to have recognized this for Windows 11, opting to take some of the needless edge out of the soundscape.By comparison, as Microsoft describes, these new Windows 11 sounds are much softer. A lot of care has gone into the creation of the sound effects for the Windows 11 operating system.Sounds don’t linger or sustain for nearly as long, and they’ve been created digitally, as opposed to with a real instrument. This gives the creators better control over the intended effect of the alert in question, rather than relying on the more limited sounds offered by traditional instruments.Ultimately, though, these softer alerts aren’t just a nice change. They could subtly impact the mood of Windows 11 Dark Mode users for the better. Say you’re working on a project late into the night. You’re tired, but you’re immersed enough to keep going. The last thing you want to hear in that moment is a sudden, echo-like sound that could reduce your level of concentration.These new sounds still do the job of alerting you, but it’s more of a gentle prod than a forceful nudge. We’re really digging the new Windows 11 Dark Mode sound effects, but really, anything sounds better than the ones we were stuck with on Windows 10.

Fulton Books Writer Kevin Small Jr.'s New E-book, 'Jack Stays in a Resort', Follows a Little one's First-Ever Keep in a Resort and the Enjoyable Issues He Will get to Do

MALDEN, Mass.,
August 23, 2021 ( –

Kevin Small Jr., the Chief Executive Officer of Iconic Chrome Portfolio, has completed his most recent book, “Jack Stays in a Hotel”: a wonderful trip to a hotel where a child gets to enjoy the luxury of unlimited entertainment and food.

Kevin writes, “Jack Stays in a Hotel is a short colorful story that focuses on a young boy named Jack who, after being called downstairs for breakfast, learns that his family is going on a trip that requires his first stay in a hotel.

“After packing his bags and navigating the airport with his parents, Jack begins to experience some of the aspects of a hotel accommodation that we all love. From tasty snacks and a warm pool with other kids his age to the basketball game on high-definition television and top-notch cleaning services, Jack is equally overjoyed as he is surprised every step of the way throughout checkout.

“With easy-to-understand language coupled with excellent illustrations, readers get the opportunity to partake in the hotel perspective from a child’s point of view and grasp what makes a hotel stay so special for them.”

Published by Fulton Books, Kevin Small Jr.’s book is a fantastic narrative that will share a child’s perspective as he experiences a hotel stay for the first time. This illustrated book will allow readers to enjoy and get a glimpse of how fun and memorable the hotel service is for a young heart.

Readers who wish to experience this delightful work can purchase “Jack Stays in a Hotel” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes & Noble.

Please direct all media inquiries to Gregory Reeves via email at or via telephone at 877-210-0816.

Source: Fulton Books