The best Nintendo Switch deals: where to buy a Nintendo Switch for the best price

The Nintendo Switch deals are live as the console launches today! We wouldn't expect much difference between stores for the Nintendo Switch's price around launch, but we'll list as many Nintendo Switch deals as we can find from reliable retailers. We've also rounded up the best deals and prices for extra joy-Con controllers, Pro controllers and even some cheap Nintendo Switch memory cards.

Thanks to our automatically-updating price comparison charts, if a retailer does opt for a cheeky discount, you'll see it below. As retailers open up their Nintendo Switch bundles with extra games and controllers, we'll give the best ones a shout in this article too. Note: US stock is sold out for now, so US deals may not appear below.

The latest Nintendo Switch deals:

Want to know where to buy a Nintendo Switch? Check out our comparison chart below for the latest Nintendo Switch prices.

The best Nintendo Switch bundle deals

As with any new console launch there will be bundles available containing extra controllers or games. You need to be careful though as not all bundles actually save you money. The worst offenders we've seen actually charge more than buying the items separately! We'll add the best ones below once they're back in stock:

Nintendo Switch Q&A

As with any new console announcement we imagine you're wanting to know a bit more about the console before you put any money down. So in addition to finding the best Nintendo Switch deals, we're going to help bring in answers to the burning questions. We'll update this page regularly with fresh info as we learn it.

What are the Joy-Con controllers?

The Joy-Con controller is actually a pair of controllers that attach to the sides the the Nintendo Switch when not in use or when playing in tablet form away from the TV. 

When playing the Nintendo Switch on the TV though, you can remove them and play with one in each hand. The left hand  gets a controller with an analogue stick and d-pad, the right hand handles the one with a second analogue stick and the usual A, B, X and Y face buttons.

What's the Joy-Con Grip controller?

The Joy-Con Grip is an additional accessory that joins the two Joy-Con controllers together, forming something something a bit more solid for you to hold thanks to the extended handles and plastic block between the two sides. The square dimension form-factor may remind older gamers of the Dreamcast controller, while everyone else will mainly be thinking how it resembles an odd-looking dog face. Nintendo is providing one in the box with the Nintendo Switch, so you won't have to buy one separately.

Is there a Nintendo Switch Pro controller?

Yes and it doesn't come with the console. But you won't actually need one to play certain 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. We've seen no word of  Nintendo Switch Premium Edition console with one included yet.

Do I need to buy extra controllers for multiplayer on Nintendo Switch?

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 will act as face functions on the left controller. So far we've seen 2K's NBA series and Mario Kart being used this way for local multiplayer in both docked and tablet modes. So you'll 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 have any extra controllers, ask them to bring them to the party!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild deals

The reviews have heaped huge praise upon this eagerly awaited launch title, making it an essential purchase for any Nintendo Switch buyer. As with any new console, the prices of the big games can be more expensive than usual. We've shopped around for you though and have found the best prices for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch. Take a look below.

Nintendo Switch Micro SD memory card deals

With 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 (ub to a huge 2TB soon). Nintendo will be releasing 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.

The science of Street Fighter: How to (improbably) throw a real life Hadouken

After having solved what scientists are no doubt calling ‘the Mario problem’, TechRadar were keen to get back into the lab and put two months of a failed History of Science masters to good use. 

This time we're casting a scientific mind over Street Fighter, explaining how it could exist in the real world using whatever theorems can be found on…er…Wikipedia.

So! Let’s start with a biggie: Ryu’s Hadouken:

While the Hadouken looks like a fireball, it actually draws inspiration from the Dragon Ball anime. The motions Ryu goes through to cast the move are almost identical to Goku’s signature technique, the ‘Kamehameha’. The move goes all the way back to the very first episode of Dragon Ball, back in 1986. Of course, attacks in Dragon Ball are formed of Ki energy. Not the most scientific of answers:

That kind of pseudoscience won’t do here. 

More mussels, less muscles

The closest thing to a Hadouken that we can find in the natural world is a punch from the Mantis Shrimp. This little rainbow-colored crustacean is only about 10cm long but it is a marvel of the animal kingdom thanks to its arms. These can come in two varieties, looking like either little spears or little clubs, and they pack a serious punch. Mantis shrimp owners have reported the animal can punch so hard it can crack the glass of the tank it is stored in.

From a standing start its arms can reach a speed of 23m/s, accelerating at 102,000 m/s2. It punches so hard so fast that as well as a hit from its arms, the punch tears the water in its path apart, creating something called cavitation bubbles – that’s when the water has been forced apart, creating little pockets of air. These bubbles immediately collapse under the pressure of the sea and implode, creating a second hit to pummel their targets. The shrimp are able to crack the shells of other crustaceans and stun any aggressors with a hell of a punch.

The mantis shrimp is able to punch so fast and create this trail of underwater implosions because, as well as muscles along those arms, it has an extra muscle across the elbows that acts like a spring, adding a massive amount of energy in a snapping motion whenever the shrimp punches.

Star fighter

Still, as powerful as this deep-sea thumper is, it still falls short of the effect of a Hadouken. To get the rest of the way we need to look to the stars and throw a little rocket science into the mix.

To us, the Hodoken looks a lot like this:

That is an image of a spacecraft module reentering the Earth’s atmosphere.

On their return to Earth spacecraft travel at around 17,500 mph. Between the upper atmosphere and the ground that speed has to be dramatically reduced to stop the thing from crashing into the ground.

Your first instinct may be to think that the flames are being caused by friction between the air and the spacecraft. If only it were so simple. To get to the bottom of this Hadouken business we’re going to have to go through a little of this history of aerodynamics.

Logical thinking would suggest that you want a near frictionless craft for reentry, one that was sleek so as not to heat up on its way down to Earth. However, back in 1951, two NASA scientists, H. Julian Allen and A. J. Eggers Jr, hit upon the counter-intuitive solution to getting a crew safely back from space to Earth: blunt body physics.

When a needle shaped object falls to earth it has too little drag to slow effectively before reaching Earth, meaning it’d just crash into the ground. The other problem is that the air it rushes through is in direct contact with the craft so the heat transfers directly to the module, causing it to heat up and frazzle the crew inside. But, the blunt body traps air at its base, creating a cushion of air. It’s the cushion of gas under the module that heats up, not the craft itself. So that flaming gas streaking off the side of the craft isn’t transferring its heat to the object itself.

Now, look again at Ryu’s hands when he makes a Hadouken. He’s thrusting forwards with the palms of his hands, creating a blunt body shape and forcing it forwards. Ahead of them his hands are creating a cushion of compressed gas that’s bursting with energy.

But, just how much energy? This wouldn’t seem legit without a few equations, now, would it?

Punching the numbers

According to the Street Fighter fan-created wiki Ryu is 175cm tall. (The wiki lists a surprising amount of personal information, too, like his blood type, O; his likes – grapes, helping people with problems, and pushups; and some of his dislikes – Akuma for murdering his master…)

Using his height we can work out, how much distance Ryu’s hands travel in the generation of a Hadouken:

He draws back quite a way before extending, so he pushes out almost as far as he is tall: 136.4 cm.

So, Ryu’s hands go from nought to cushion of burning gas in just over a metre, but just how fast does that need to be? Well, according to NASA, ships reentering the Earth’s atmosphere are travelling at 17,500mph. So, in half a second, Ryu’s hands go from 0 to 17,500mph. That’s an acceleration of 156,464 m/s2. Not bad for someone whose lifestyle apparently consists of eating grapes and doing pushups.

Acceleration-wise, that’s a full 50,000 m/s2 faster than the mantis shrimp’s punch, but, considering Ryu is 17 times bigger than the average mantis shrimp, it looks like the lad may be pulling his punches.

Now, considering the speeds we’re dealing with here, it’s likely that the damage of a Hadouken has nothing to do with the flames on screen but the shockwave that’s travelling through the air. You’re likely familiar with a sonic boom. When an object travels faster than mach 1, like Concorde or a whip mid lash, then it creates a loud crack. That’s the sound of a sonic boom. Ryu’s palms are moving a tad faster than mach 1 – they’re moving at around mach 25. They’re moving at hypersonic speed. At those speeds they create something called a Bow Shock:

The compressed air would hit you with considerable force.

The easiest way to think about it is in terms of one of these:

The airzooka produces enough of an air blast to feel like a light punch to the face, as demonstrated in the picture above, enough to ruffle a child’s hair.

Of course, we’re dealing with a greater level of force here than what can be mustered from a rubber band and a plastic bag. Happily, the BBC built a much larger, gas-powered vortex cannon to show what can be done if you set your mind to it:

Now, the cushion of air Ryu is forcing out isn’t going to be leaving his hands in the donut-shaped toroidal vortex you get from an airzooka (which is why the cushion of air fired from the toy can maintain so much of its force over such a long distance) but even in the relatively inefficient bow shock wave it will pack a punch due to the short distances of Street Fighter 2’s arenas.

Dragonpunching above his weight

Essentially, Ryu’s Hadouken would hit with the force to blow down a house of uncemented bricks.

So, what we'd suggest is going on in Street Fighter is that, hidden from camera, Ryu has a pair of mantis shrimp-like muscles strung across his elbows that he can employ to snap his arms forward with such force as to accelerate the palms of his hands to 175,000 mph, creating a cushion of air similar to that which we see when a spacecraft reenters the Earth’s atmosphere. The air then leaves his hands travelling to his target, hitting them like a solid punch to the face. 

Now, the effect we don’t see is that such a snapping effect on a normal human’s elbows would surely break your humerus, radius, and ulna, as well as destroying any cartilage in your elbows. So, Ryu, would have to have incredibly dense bones to not only keep fighting after throwing a Hadoken but also simply to keep his arms intact.

After looking at the physics of the thing I’d like to suggest another theory for what’s going on in Street Fighter: what we’re actually seeing is a carefully stage-managed equivalent of mixed-martial arts WWE. 

We all know that the fights in wrestling are faked, with the fighters pulling their punches and making sure they don’t hit each other with the full force of the kicks and throws. A much more plausible way that Ryu is pulling off a Hadouken is that when he draws back his hands for the move he is slipping the hand that’s hidden from camera into the pocket of his trousers and taking out a cotton wool ball pre-soaked in lighter fluid that he lights with a device hidden in the palm of his hands and throws at his opponent who then fakes a reaction.

Doesn’t it just make more sense that all these incredible attacks are actually all being done by sleight of hand and wire work? 

I mean, Blanka can supposedly produce enough electricity from his body for it to jump through the air to shock his opponents. How is he doing that without shocking himself? Zangief’s piledriver sees him launch himself into the air before doing three full-spins before slamming the person back into the floor. Tell me that’s not done with wires and the wilful co-operation of the person he’s throwing. I think in Street Fighter we’ve stumbled across the WWE of the of the fighting game world.

So, it’s up to you: you can believe that Ryu is the child of a mantis shrimp and a NASA reentry module or that he’s as real as Hulk Hogan.

Do you plan to buy the BlackBerry KEYone?

Earlier today at MWC 2017, BlackBerry resurrected the QWERTY keyboard with the KEYone – an unusual Android smartphone built by TCL, BlackBerry’s new hardware partner.

Initially known as BlackBerry Mercury, the KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat reinforced with BlackBerry-specific security. The phone’s front is dominated by its 4.5-inch display with 1080 x 1620 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio, and its QWERTY keyboard (which, in addition to having physical keys to type on, is also touch-sensitive, letting you use gestures and swiping). Other highlight features include a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 12 MP rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, and a 3,505 mAh battery. 

In our BlackBerry KEYone hands-on preview, we’re arguing that this is a good looking, well made device, yet it’s a niche product – since almost everyone now wants a large display on their smartphone, not a hardware keyboard. Still, in this official blog post, the folks at BlackBerry say the following:

“We’re very confident that customers of all stripes, whether they’re on #TeamBlackBerry, Android loyalists, or anyone who values mobile security and productivity, are going to love KEYone.”

So we’re curious to find out how many of our readers are planning to buy the BlackBerry KEYone. In case you’re wondering, the smartphone will be sold unlocked for $549, being compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even Verizon’s LTE network. Unfortunately, the KEYone won’t be released before April, although registration pages have already gone live in the US and Canada.

BlackBerry KEYone registration page goes live in the U.S. and Canada

BlackBerry officially unveiled the KEYOne today in Barcelona, and even if the name doesn’t meet with your approval, be thankful that it wasn’t called the DTEK70. The phone will be released in April. In the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry has put up a registration page that will allow those interested in the KEYone to get “first access” to purchase the handset. The page asks consumers to reveal the carrier they use, and also asks if those filling out the form have ever owned a BlackBerry handset before. 

The BlackBerry KEYone is priced in the U.S. at $549, which converts to $719 CAD. The handset features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1620. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 625 SoC, which features an octa-core 2GHz CPU and the Adreno 506 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. A 2TB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage.          

The 12MP rear-facing camera uses the same Sony IMX378 sensor employed by the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The 8MP front-facing camera on the KEYone sports the same Samsung S5K4H8 or Omnivision OV8856 found on the two Pixel variants. A 3505mAh battery promises all-day battery life, and the phone charges to 50% in about 36-minutes. Android 7.1 is pre-installed.               

The KEYone is not designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the LG G6. This is a phone for the business and enterprise set, and for those who love the idea of having a fantastic physical QWERTY keyboard to type on. If you are interested in the BlackBerry KEYone, click on the appropriate sourcelink and submit your registration. 

source:  BlackBerry (U.S.), (Canada) via  MobileSyrup

Save $3.99! Nightgate is the free iOS app of the week

Curious to know which title is this week’s free iOS app of the week? We won’t hold you in suspense. It is a game called Nightgate that usually costs $3.99. From now through Wednesday it is free. The game takes place in 2398 when the only life form is a computer network. You must go inside the network and battle your enemies over 50 levels. The goal is to turn back on the parts of the network that have been shut down. There are no in-app purchases offered, and the app is a universal download for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Features of the game include:

  • Universal app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • No ads, no in-app purchases
  • Immersive digital environments
  • Over 40 minutes of original soundtrack (also available on iTunes Music Store)
  • Minimalist design featuring vibrant colors and complex geometries
  • Discover achievements scattered throughout the game
  • In-game camera to capture beautiful screenshots
  • Sync your progress using iCloud
  • Fully localized for English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Russian

You can check out the original trailer for Nightgate by clicking on the video at the top of the story.

source: Apple

This week’s T-Mobile Tuesday fills you with pizza, travel and an eBook

With all eyes on Barcelona this week, it is easy to forget that T-Mobile subscribers are just days away from claiming their weekly freebies and hoping to win the weekly drawings. But we are more than happy to keep an eye on the prizes, so to speak, while you sit back and stare at the images of the BlackBerry KEYone, LG G6 and the other new handsets being revealed over the next few days.

So what is on the menu for T-Mobile subscribers this coming Tuesday? Actually, menu is a rather good choice of word if we don’t say so ourselves. That is because T-Mobile subscribers will get a free one-topping large or pan pizza from Papa John’s for one day only, between February 14th and March 7th. This pie must be ordered online, and you must carryout the pizza. T-Mobile subscribers will also receive a 25% discount from Papa John’s for any regular menu item ordered online. Also part of this week’s give-aways is a free eBook from BookShout. There are ten options and customers of the nation’s third largest carrier will be able to choose one title from among the ten. The last of the freebies is $30 off from Travelocity. That discount can be applied on one part of your planned vacation not including airfare and a stand-alone car reservation.

As for the weekly contests, T-Mobile is back to awarding just one Grand Prize. This week, the GP winner gets to book a cruise for him/herself and a guest to any destination as long as it is priced at $2,500 or less. Add $1,200 for round trip coach airfare for two to get to the nearest port near your home, $300 for ground transportation, and a check for $1,715 to cover other expenses or taxes, and the total value of the Grand Prize amounts to $5,715.

Two First Prize winners will each receive a code good for a $1,500 Travelocity.com credit, and a check for $643 that can be used for travel expenses or taxes. And 150 Second Prize winners will be given a Travelocity travel bag valued at $34.75. All together, there are 153 prizes valued at a total of $15,210.50. Good luck!

source: T-Mobile

Check out the official BlackBerry KEYone product video

The BlackBerry KEYone is now official. And what screams that there is a new smartphone on the way more than an official product video? The video produced for the BlackBerry KEYone (will there be a KEYtwo?) is designed to grab at two things, your brain and your wallet. After all, if BlackBerry can reach the pleasure center of your brain with this clip, you’ll be opening up your wallet to buy the device as soon as it is launched in April.

The BlackBerry KEYone product video starts off with a shot of that gorgeous physical QWERTY keyboard. That is a great idea because this is the feature of the phone that prospective buyers are interested in. Heck, the keyboard is even part of the unit’s name. BlackBerry also uses the opportunity to get your juices flowing by telling us about the all day battery life (a BlackBerry record 3505mAh juicer is inside), the strong aluminum body and the impact resistant display. But everything all comes back to the QWERTY keyboard, which offers flick typing, single-letter short cuts, and on-screen navigation.

With Android 7.1 pre-installed and over 1 million Android apps at your disposal, this is not your grandpappy’s QWERTY equipped BlackBerry. Click on the product video at the top of the story to see if you too are put under the spell of the new BlackBerry KEYone.

source: nieuwemobielnl

Download of this day: complimentary MP3 Cutter and Editor

Free MP3 Cutter and Editor


Sometimes an MP3 or WAV file isn’t what you want. You may have recorded from a vintage plastic LP or cassette now have actually the whole album as a single sound file, or perhaps you might be making your own recordings and desire to include fades to your intro or outro. Or perhaps you might just want to adjust the volume making it louder or quieter.
You don’t need a complex editing software for that. Just download totally free MP3 Cutter and Editor rather.

Why you need it

If you’re digitizing old analog documents or have whole records rendered as one solitary file, it seems sensible to divide things into individual tracks. Complimentary MP3 Cutter and Editor lets you do just that, and in case first or end is simply too jarring you can quickly add a fade in or out. You can also adjust the volume or maximize it to have it as loud as you are able to without distortion, and you will transform stereo to mono and vice versa.

Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is no replacement for a proper audio editor, but it isn’t supposed to be: It’s fast, useful and free. Simply watch what you’re agreeing to inside installer, as it offers to set up other programs too.

Down load right here: Free MP3 Cutter and Editor

The very best free running a blog websites 2017

Totally free running a blog sites

Totally free running a blog web sites came a long way in recent years, also it’s now easier than in the past to create a professional-looking web log to talk about a hobby with likeminded people, show your viewpoints, and establish an online presence. 

These free blog posting internet sites are targeted at hobbyist bloggers – blogs are created and managed on the web, and hosted regarding running a blog platform’s very own servers. If you would like produce a self-hosted blog, the downloadable form of WordPress is an excellent option, with total freedom, support for third-party plugins, and also as much space for storage as your web hosting plan allows.

Have actually we missed your selected blogging site? Let us know inside feedback below.

WordPress is the site of preference for expert and amateur bloggers alike, with stunning customizable templates and handy widgets for tracking your site’s growth

1. WordPress


With advanced features and substantial storage space, WordPress is the best free running a blog site
Effective and very customizable, WordPress is really a brilliant platform for blogs of any size, and bloggers of any degree of experience.

Creating your first weblog is quite straightforward, by having a easy wizard that guides you through the procedure of picking a name and suitable theme. You are able to leave it there and start writing articles instantly, however the genuine enjoyable is based on the greater amount of advanced level editor, which allows you to customize virtually every part of your blog’s look.

Unlike some blogging web sites, WordPress is not a drag-and-drop affair, and you’ll must become acquainted with its system of menus. It’s definitely worth the effort, though, and enables you to produce something certainly personal. The editor also enables you to create fixed pages – just like a writer’s biography, including.

The post-writing user interface is a lot like a typical desktop word processor (though some options are presented in a toolbar at the top, although some have been in a menu during the side, which can be some perplexing initially). Once more, time spent observing the program is rewarded with advanced functions like customizable social networking sharing buttons, geotagging, therefore the capacity to choose a custom design for individual posts. Often you might like to create a photo gallery, as an example, as well as other times an even more text-focused style is more appropriate. You can even view and modify the HTML source.

As your website grows, WordPress lets you track its stats, including page views, site visitors, loves and responses as time passes. You’ll be able to see how readers achieve your website, which content they viewed, and in which are were on earth, to help you tailor your content appropriately.

Your internet site is hosted on WordPress’s servers, with an address within the format yoursite.wordpress.com. Users of this free solution don’t get e-mail or live chart help, but the WordPress community forums have become active and questions are answered within minutes. 

WordPress shows advertisements on free blog sites, but offered you’ll live with that, it’s certainly the very best free blogging site around.

Test it on the web: WordPress

Blogger’s templates include mobile-optimized versions that look great on smartphones

2. Blogger


A totally free internet platform with mobile-friendly features and Google software integration
Blogger is another superb blogging platform. it is not exactly as powerful as WordPress, but more accessible for brand new users, which comes as no real surprise when you learn so it’s owned by Google.

Blogger has an excellent selection of templates, that include mobile variations optimized for smaller screens – a very sensible addition with so many people accessing online content through smartphones. 

Blogger’s post-editing device is much like WordPress’s, but offers fewer choices. As a result, its toolbars are less confusing – a trade-off between energy and usability.

Certainly one of Blogger’s most useful features is its integration along with other Bing apps and services. Including, it utilizes your Bing Drive account to keep pictures along with other files for the weblog. Bing Drive provides 15GB of room free, so Blogger is a great choice if you’re likely to share many high-res photos.

Spam remarks are a definite big problem on blog sites, so Blogger’s automated spam filter might help keep your sanity. You are able to monitor remarks via Blogger’s dashboard, which also lets you see visitor stats. There are numerous handy visualizations here, including a global map showing the global distribution of the visitors.

Your blog will have an address in the format yoursite.blogger.com, and, like all Google solutions, includes advertisements. Help is available through the Blogger user forum, which is very active but includes a strange design which can be only a little off-putting.

In all other respects, Blogger is brilliant – one of the best free running a blog sites if you prioritize ease of use over freedom and they are a fan of the Bing ecosystem.

Test it on the web: Blogger

Wix delivers a extremely straightforward wizard that guides you through each step of making your first blog

3. Wix


A fantastic free blogging website for completely new users, with two easy editors and free stock photos
Wix is our favorite general-purpose free internet site builder, and it is ideal for producing stylish blogs too. Its chief downside is storage space – you have simply 500MB for your files and information traffic is fixed to 500MB each month, therefore you’ll must upgrade up to a premium plan when your web log really will be taking off. 

Once you’ve produced a merchant account, choose ‘blog’ from variety of categories, then choose either Wix synthetic Design Intelligence (ADI) or Wix Editor. Wix ADI asks a few simple questions, then develops a niche site around your answers – perfect in the event that you’ve never developed a site before and find the concept intimidating. Wix Editor is quite direct too (easier than Blogger or WordPress), it is a whole lot more versatile than ADI and will be an improved option for most users.

Among Wix’s most readily useful features is its choice of image sources, as well as your hard disk drive, social networking, free images from Wix itself, and photos from its partner stock photography site Bigstock. If the websites are text-heavy, these free images are a definite great way to make it look more appealing.

On the drawback, your custom wix.com URL includes a string of not-too-snappy letters and figures that might ensure it is difficult to memorize. 

That apart, its resources and friendly approach mean Wix simply pips Weebly to third destination. Free Wix sites come with a tiny ad for the company into the top right and another in the bottom, however these won’t spoil the appearance for your blog.

Test it on the web: Wix

4. Weebly

Weebly’s toolkit includes social networking integration plus place to place Google Analytics monitoring code


Weebly’s versatile editor enables you to drag and drop the right path up to a professional-looking blog
Weebly has a modular method of blog-building, having a drag-and-drop editor that enables you to choose which elements to increase your site, and in which. 

Select a fundamental template, then plonk numerous kinds of content onto the web page, including social networking links, text, pictures, maps, and sections of rule. It’s a refreshingly easy solution to build a blog that feels unique for you, but doesn’t need any messing about with menus. it is worth noting, but that certain content blocks can just only be found in certain specific areas; it really isn’t a complete free-for-all. This makes feeling – forcing you to definitely stick within the confines of your selected template stops the page searching messy – however will dsicover it limiting. 

Blogs are designed in the same manner – drag text boxes, photo structures, buttons and page breaks into position, then click to edit them. One specially good feature could be the ‘secret draft link’, which lets you preview your unpublished post, and also share it with other people via e-mail before releasing it to the crazy. 

Weebly has several other interesting tricks up its sleeve too, including an area for pasting in Bing Analytics monitoring code (though it willn’t provide analytics it self).

Much like Wix, you are just offered 500MB for uploaded content, so photographers should look elsewhere. Weebly sets an ad inside site’s footer, but it does not obscure any of your content.

Test it online: Weebly

If you like somewhere for composing workouts or perhaps a individual log, decide to try security-first platform Penzu

5. Penzu


Keep it trick, keep it safe with a safe journal for your personal thoughts
Whereas the other free blog posting sites are made to get as many eyeballs on your own posts as you can, Penzu is the exact carbon copy of a locked diary stashed in a safe.

Penzu is really a log platform that produces your articles personal by default and locks them straight down with a minumum of one password (even after you’re logged in, you need a 2nd one to read or edit your posts). That’s because it’s created for private thoughts and personal representation. You can find free apps for iOS and Android that allow you to improve your Penzu diary anywhere, but the articles are for the eyes only.

Penzu is not a tool for self-promotion, so though it’s far from ugly, it understandably targets function in the place of appearance. Personalized colors and backgrounds come at a price – presently US$10 (about £8, AU$13) each year.

It’s a pity that 128-bit AES encryption can be limited to the paid-for variation, and there’s a reasonable quantity of force to update. Extra options are often dangled under your nose then yanked away, but the core providing is a good one and if you simply would like a destination for a record your thinking and practise writing, Penzu might be precisely what you’ll need.

Check it out online: Penzu

BlackBerry KeyOne cost and name confirmed at MWC 2017

BlackBerry was finally revealed the title of its next flagship Android smartphone after teasing the phone-with-no-name at CES 2017 previously this season – say hello to your BlackBerry KeyOne.

We now understand the KeyOne includes a complete HD, 4.5-inch display while the biggest battery ever put into a BlackBerry phone – a 3,505mAh power pack. 

In addition includes Boost fast asking through the USB Type-C slot in the bottom which places the Keyone in a reduced power mode to increase the charging.

Beneath the hood there exists a Snapdragon 625 chipset responsible for operating everything on display screen.

We already new the KeyOne featured a complete real QWERTY keyboard below a touchscreen with Android 7.1 Nougat and an aluminium human body with a soft-grip straight back.

The absolute most secure Android experience

BlackBerry says the Keyone is considered the most protected Android smartphone experience currently available, a claim many businesses are attempting to make.

Safety is baked into the equipment and pc software, and yourself get BlackBerry’s DTEK application pre-installed which provides you a summary of the phone’s security. The application may even make suggested statements on how exactly to enhance the privacy in the Keyone.

The BlackBerry KeyOne launch date is set globally for April 2017 additionally the KeyOne price is £499 ($549, around AU$810).

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