Earn a bigger payday with top IT certifications like CompTIA

The IT world offers fantastic career opportunities, but you need recognized IT certifications if you want to impress the recruiters.

Some people spend three years in college to get qualified. Some people fork out thousands of dollars for evening classes. Right now, you can get the skills you need for less than $32 with our promo code.

With the Ultimate IT Certification Training Bundle you get lifetime access to over 200 hours of video instruction. The curated selection of learning kits cover the most important and widely-recognized IT certifications available today. 

CompTIA is one of the biggest names in the IT world, and six of the courses in this five-star-rated bundle specialize in these certifications. There are a further three courses preparing you to obtain the coveted MCSA Windows Server 2016 certification. There are also two training kits focused on the biggest name in the network industry — Cisco.

Ultimate IT Certifications Training Bundle

Each learning kit is extremely comprehensive — containing up to 21 hours of expert content — and prepares you for a specific certification. With tailored study materials and quizzes, you’ll be more than ready to cruise the exams.

Check out this rundown of IT certifications:

CompTIA A+ 220-901 — $299 value
CompTIA A+ 220-902 — $299 value
CompTIA Network+ N10-007 — $299 value
CompTIA Cloud+ — $299 value
CompTIA Project+ PK0-003 — $299 value
CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 — $299 value
Microsoft 70-740: Installation, Storage & Compute With Windows Server 2016 — $299 value
Microsoft 70-741: MSCA Networking With Windows Server 2016 — $299 value
Microsoft 70-742: Identity In Windows Server 2016 — $299 value
Cisco 100-105: ICND1 – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 — $299 value
Cisco 200-105: ICND2 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 — $299 value

You can pick up this expert-led bundle for under $32 right now if you act fast. The whole $3,300 of content is already on offer at Tech deals for $39, and if you use the promo code NEWYEAR2019 at the checkout you’ll get a further saving and pay just $31.59 

Over 1,800 aspiring students who have already signed up. The deal ends in a few days, so don’t miss your chance. You get lifetime access once you’re enrolled so you can take it at your own pace.

Ready to kickstart your IT career? Hit the button below to find the deal.

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UK Deals of the Week: Save £120 on Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, 40% off Lenovo Smart Display

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!

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This week’s deals include a bunch of discounts on Xiaomi phones, a huge saving on some Sennheiser over-ear wireless headphones, offers on the Lenovo Smart Display, and much more.

Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.

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Phones

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (SIM free, 128GB) – £429 (was £549) @ Amazon

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (SIM free, 64GB) – £179 (was £249) @ Amazon

Xiaomi Redmi S2 (SIM free, 32GB) – £129 (was £179) @ Amazon

Nokia 6.1 (SIM free, 32GB) – £149 (was £199) @ Carphone Warehouse

Moto G6 Play (SIM free, 32GB) – £127 (was £169) @ Amazon

Honor 8X (SIM free, 64GB) – £195 (was £229) @ Amazon

Accessories

SanDisk Ultra 128 GB Dual Type-C USB 3.0 Flash Drive – £31 (was £56) @ Amazon

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones – £169 (was £379) @ Amazon

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Tech

Lenovo Smart Display – £99 (was £169) @ John Lewis

Huawei MediaPad T3 10 tablet (16GB) – £99 (was £129) @ John Lewis

Ultimate Ears Boom 2 – £59 (was £119) @ Amazon

Google Home Mini – £29 (was £34) @ Carphone Warehouse

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Have you seen any amazing deals this week? Be sure to share your finds in the comments.

Deal: Amazon’s Digital Day discounts books, magazines, movies and Fire tablets

Update, December 28 at 12:19 p.m. ET: This article has been updated with links to the Amazon Digital Day deals.


Amazon has launched its third annual Digital Day sale, a one-day event where you can save big on digital content like eBooks, movies, TV shows, software, games, and more.

In addition to all of the digital-only content on sale, Amazon is also offering discounts on its Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. You can get the Fire HD 8 for as low as $49.99, a $30 discount, or you can get the larger Fire HD 10 tablet for as low as $99.99, a $50 discount. If you get the Fire HD 10 tablet, you can also get a free three month trial for Amazon’s Audible audiobooks service that is normally worth about $45.

The main focus of Amazon Digital Day is to save you some money when it comes to downloading content and signing up for subscriptions. Here are just some of the items on sale today:

You can check out all the deals and discounts for Amazon Digital Day at the link below. The one-day sale ends at 11:59 p.m. PT. 

Get AWS and DevOps certified for under $32

AWS and DevOps

It’s still Christmas, sort of, and that means you can still justify buying yourself gifts. Instead of another huge Toblerone, how about something a little more useful. Possibly even career changing.

We’re talking about AWS and DevOps training, and we’re spotlighting it today because a fantastic learning kit is on offer for the first time.

AWS and DevOps are revolutionizing the ways apps are deployed in the cloud today. To work in the tech industry you’re going to want these skills in your locker, and today is the perfect time to start training.

You’ll master tools like Git, Docker, Jenkins, Puppet, Nagios, and much more.

DevOps engineers are the masterminds of tech projects. They make the life of the developers easier by improving and streamlining projects, and therefore saving thousands of dollars. There’s more than a small chance these teams are going to be working on AWS too. After all, it’s the world’s largest and most important cloud services platform.

AWS and DevOps Certification Training is a 21-hour deep dive into these technologies. During the easy-to-follow video tutorials, you’ll master tools like Git, Docker, Jenkins, Puppet, Nagios, and much more. There’s even a certification of completion available to validate your training.

AWS and DevOps Training at a glance:

  • Access 21 hours of high-quality content 24/7.
  • Train in various AWS products, services, and solutions.
  • Learn to navigate the AWS Management Console.
  • Gain expertise in using services like EC2, S3, RDS, and EBS.
  • Understand how to use Docker containers.

This expert-led training is worth almost $700, but it’s on offer this Christmas week at Tech Deals for just $39. Even better, our New Year promo code can be applied for an even bigger saving.

Just add the deal to your cart, then use the coupon code NEWYEAR2019 to pay just $31.59 for the entire package.

The deal ends soon and people are signing up fast. To join them, you can find the deal by tapping the button below.

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You can’t be sewerious: Vodafone will use manhole covers to boost 4G, 5G

4G manhole covers by Vodafone. Vodafone

  • Vodafone is placing mobile equipment in manhole covers, enabling 4G coverage in the process.
  • The manhole covers can be upgraded to 5G in the future as well.
  • This could be a boon for the transition to 5G, which is expected to be a complex challenge.

Developing cellular networks is no easy task. Great distances, varying terrain, and numerous obstacles make it a challenging process. The transition to 5G is expected to be even tougher than LTE was, but U.K. carrier Vodafone thinks it has a way to help it go more smoothly (h/t: Ubergizmo).

The cellular network is placing mobile antennae and equipment in manhole covers, enabling expanded coverage in the process. According to a Vodafone press release, the equipment can be integrated into the manhole cover without street works or construction. This results in a smaller footprint than a traditional cellular tower, along with a 200m radius for call and data coverage.

“By connecting the manhole covers to this network, we can provide great 4G coverage now, and easily upgrade them to 5G in the future,” the carrier explained.

Vodafone has only installed these covers at its Newbury office and technology center thus far, but said it was looking to roll out 4G-enabled manhole covers across the U.K. These would be available both via its own covers and those of utility providers. A company representative told Android Authority that it’s already identified several possible test sites in central London, but it had no launch window to share for them.

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Vodafone’s solution could also prove to be a big boost for its 5G ambitions, as it’s tipped to be a more complex endeavor than previous upgrades. More specifically, mmWave 5G is more prone to disruptions than LTE, necessitating the use of more antennae in future smartphones, as well as beam-forming technology. Meanwhile, sub-6Ghz 5G will offer slower speeds but should be more resilient than its mmWave counterpart.

Either way, new solutions like these manhole covers could help make the transition to 5G easier for networks. Manhole covers aren’t the only hosts for cellular equipment either, as Vodafone revealed that it was placing 4G antennae on telephone boxes as well. A company representative confirmed to Android Authority that these pay phone boxes could also be upgraded to 5G “in theory,” potentially giving subscribers more coverage.

NEXT: 2019 will be a great year for smartwatches and fitness trackers

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite tipped to land on Verizon this Spring

Rozetked

Are Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL too expensive for you? If so, you might want to hold out on buying a new phone until Spring 2019 — that’s when Google is rumored to launch the affordable Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. This rumor comes from our friends at Android Police, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.

No exact release date was mentioned, but rumor has it both phones will land on Verizon. They’ll also likely be available unlocked via the Google Store, just like all of Google’s previous Pixel and Nexus phones.

The Google Pixel 3 Lite first leaked in mid-November on Russian website Rozetked, the same folks who got their hands on the Pixel 3 XL months ahead of its release. A few days later, the same website posted some alleged Pixel 3 Lite camera samples, followed by a ton of more hands-on photos from a different Russian website, Wylsa. Finally, we saw our first glimpse of the Pixel 3 XL Lite in CAD renders in early December.

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According to the recent leaks, the Pixel 3 Lite will come with a 5.5-inch LCD screen at Full HD+ resolution, a Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2,915mAh battery, as well as a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The only rumor we’ve heard about the 3 XL Lite is its screen size, which will reportedly come in at 6 inches and have a Full HD+ resolution. Both phones are rumored to have a headphone jack as well.

They’ll likely be made entirely of plastic, as opposed to the Pixel 3’s all-glass build. Oh, and one other notable design choice: Both of these Lite phones will probably look a lot like the smaller Pixel 3. That means they won’t feature the Pixel 3 XL’s gigantic notch.

Google hasn’t launched a mid-range phone since 2015’s Nexus 5X. Why launch one now? We know that the U.S. is significantly lacking in decent mid-range smartphones, so Google might see a market here. Also, the fact that these phones are launching on Verizon means customers will be able to pay for them in monthly installments as opposed to spending hundreds of dollars outright.

That’s it for now, folks. We’ll be sure to update you if we hear anything else regarding the Pixel 3 Lite or Pixel 3 XL Lite.

Nokia 5.1 Plus is latest device to get hot slice of Android Pie

The Nokia 5.1 Plus, also known as the Nokia X5. HMD Global/Nokia

HMD Global brought Android Pie to the Nokia 8 last week, but the firm isn’t finished just yet. The Nokia brand licensee has just announced that the update is now heading to the Nokia 5.1 Plus too.

Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s chief product officer, confirmed the news on Twitter. Exact details weren’t disclosed, but we’re expecting a phased roll-out over the next few days. Don’t panic if you’re not seeing the update on your device just yet.

Screenshots of the change-log show that the Nokia 5.1 Plus update weighs in at over 1.2GB, and is said to include new system navigation functionality, Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and “predictive application actions.” The latter sounds like a fancy name for Android Pie’s App Actions feature. Otherwise, you can also expect the December 2018 security patches to be included in this update.

We’re happy to see Adaptive Battery apparently included in the roll-out, especially after this feature didn’t make it into the Nokia 8’s Android Pie update. HMD is reportedly bringing the feature to the 2017 flagship in a later update.

We’re glad to see the Finnish company upgrading its cheaper phones, but Twitter users have voiced their displeasure at the lack of Pie for the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Sarvikas previously said the Sirocco’s update would be “next in line” after the Nokia 8, so we can certainly see why owners of the pseudo-flagship would be upset.

NEXT: New Nokia smartphone hits FCC — Is it another low-end champ?

Motorola P40 leaks with punch-hole camera, 48MP primary snapper

The Motorola P30 was one of the more blatant iPhone clones of 2018, but it looks like the successor is going in the same direction as Samsung and Huawei‘s new phones.

OnLeaks and 91mobiles have teamed up to publish what they say are renders and a video for a P30 successor dubbed the Motorola P40. And the most noticeable design decision is the move to adopt a display hole camera on the front. Unfortunately, further selfie camera details aren’t known.

Moving to the back of the device, we have a similar vertically stacked dual camera setup as the older phone. Apparently, we’re looking at a 48MP primary camera (much like the Honor View 20), but we don’t know anything else about the secondary snapper.


Another look at the Motorola P30 successor.
The front of the Motorola P30 successor.
The back of the Motorola P30 successor.

The 48MP camera sensor isn’t merely just for detailed daytime snaps, as this new sensor is also technically capable of pixel-binning to deliver better low-light shots. It’s unclear whether Motorola will indeed be using this particular feature, but it seems like a no-brainer.

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Other noteworthy features include a 6.2-inch display, rear fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone port, and the Android One branding. The latter means we could be in for a smartphone that delivers timely Android updates and prompt security patches. We also have a rather shiny back, with 91mobiles suggesting it could be made out of glass.

The Motorola P30 was seemingly limited to China, while the Motorola One and One Power (which were essentially variants of the P30 design) were available in more countries. Hopefully, this new device sees a wide launch too if it is indeed in the works.

NEXT: Mobile audio trends we hope to see in 2019

Deal: Save $90+ on the unlocked 64GB Moto G6 from Amazon

Moto G6 Amazon Deal

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly smartphone that has a premium look and feel, the Moto G6 is one of the best options. And if you hurry, you can save $90 to $100 on the handset from Amazon dropping the price as low as $199.99.

The Moto G6 features a 5.7-inch LCD with a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution. Under the hood, you will find a Snapdragon 450 CPU and a 3,000mAh battery charged via a USB-C port. 

Around back, the handset sports a 12MP primary camera accompanied by a 5MP RGB sensor for portraits. Users can then use the 8MP front-facing camera for their selfie needs. 

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For this sale, Amazon is discounting the higher-end model which features 64GB of built-in storage and 4GB of RAM. The trade-off is that the discount is only applicable on the black colorway. 

The unlocked Moto G6 can be used on pretty much every U.S. carrier including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. You can buy it right now for $229.99 using the button below. 

And if you want to save a bit more, Amazon is dropping the price of the Prime Exclusive model to $199.99. In exchange, you’ll get a phone with a bunch of Amazon’s apps pre-installed and Alexa set as the default voice assistant.

You can pick up the Prime Exclusive Moto G6 in Indigo Blue for $199.99 using the button below. 

That Stranger In The Mirror — A beginner’s guide to neuroscience

Neuroscience

Contrary to what some might say, we all have a complex and fascinating brain. It controls your actions, gives you emotions, and defines your personality, but most of us haven’t got the first clue how it works. Neuroscience is a mystery.

Well, now’s your chance to learn what’s going on up there, and it’s pretty cool. Loonycorn has produced a fun and engaging online learning kit to give you a beginner’s guide to neuroscience. It’s called That Stranger In The Mirror and you can save $20 on the signup fee right now.

Over this course, you’ll learn the anatomy of the brain, and how each part interacts to determine behaviors and motivation. Plus, you’ll dive into the psychology behind personality, memory, and much more.

The neuroscience guide at a glance:

  • Access 45 lectures and seven hours of content 24/7.
  • Identify different parts of the brain, and how they correspond to different voices in your head.
  • Understand primary motivations, including complex urges such as desiring fairness and independence.
  • Seek the state of flow, a mental state of intense concentration and joy, brought on by work.
  • Classify personalities into 32 categories using the Big Five Personality Traits.
  • Learn how memory works, and why it is reconstructive and associative.

The learning kit normally retails for $50, but this Christmas it’s on offer at Tech Deals for just $29.99. That gives you lifetime access too, so you can dip in and out at your own convenience.

The deal only runs this week, so don’t spend too long mulling it over. Hit the button below to find it.

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