Best Nintendo 3DS games 2017

Although the Nintendo Switch is fully portable, there’s still a huge appeal to the DS handheld consoles. A key difference is the games available as many are exclusive so here we bring you the best Nintendo 3DS games for 2017.

If you thought the Nintendo Switch having a handheld mode meant the end of the DS line then you’re far from the truth. In fact, the New Nintendo 2DS XL is arriving in July and plenty of new games are coming such as Ever Oasis.

While some of Nintendo’s main console games have been ported to the DS range, many of the best DS games are ones developed specifically for the platform.

You can play all of these games on the 3DS or 2DS and we’ve not put them in any particular order, it depends what kind of game you like. We’ll also be adding more very soon. Find out what to expect at E3 2017.

How to Download the Android O Public Beta

The Android O Developer Preview was made available on 21 March 2017, but not recommended for the general public. Now, though, you can download and install the public beta on any compatible Nexus or Pixel device. Also see: Android O latest news and rumours

Should I install Android O?

If you’re curious, have a compatible device and are reasonably techy, then why not. You can get a good look at what’s in store for Android later this year, and if you don’t like it or find it too buggy you can simply revert to your previous OS.

Before you begin you should take the necessary steps to ensure all your data is backed up.

Will my phone or tablet run Android O?

The Android O Public Beta can run on only certain Google devices. Those devices are:

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel C
  • Google Nexus 6P
  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Nexus Player

How can I download and install Android O?

A public beta of Android O is now available to download to compatible devices. Also see:What is Android Go?

Downloading Android O is simple with Google’s Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA updates to the latest Android operating systems where available.

• To enroll in the Android Beta Program, open the browser on your compatible Nexus or Pixel device and head to g.co/androidbeta. You will be asked to sign into your Google account.

• Scroll down the page and you’ll find a heading ‘Eligible devices’ with any compatible Nexus devices that are also signed into your account listed below.

Recap: Google I/O 2017 keynote as it happened

On 17 May Sundar Pichai opened the Google I/O 2017 developer’s conference with the keynote you can rewatch at the top of this screen (starting at around 37:20).

As expected it announced the public beta for Android O, as well as some new features coming to Google Home and Google Assistant, Google Lens, Android Go and new Daydream VR headsets. Read more about each of these things in our live blog below.

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When: 17-19 May 2017.

Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California.

Google I/O keynote live stream: Wednesday 17 May at 6pm (UK).

The best language learning apps

Technology has been a bit of a double-edged sword for language learning. On the one hand, tech advances, the internet, and learning apps have meant it’s never been easier to learn a language. On the other hand, it’s also never been easier to get away with travelling without ever bother learning one, thanks to apps like Google Translate that will do all the hard work for you.

Still, whether you want to learn for travel, for work, because you’re moving abroad, or just for the personal satisfaction, there’s a daunting array of options. We’ve sorted through all the apps, software, and services we could get our hands on to figure out the best ways to learn a language online.

And if you have a big trip coming up, you might also want to check out some of our favourite travel gadgets and travel apps, to help with some of the holiday headaches beyond the language barrier.

Best antivirus 2017

Your Buying Guide for the Best Antivirus in 2017

Why you need antivirus and why do you need it?

Unless you’ve got some sort of security software installed, your Windows PC or laptop is vulnerable to viruses, malware and ransomware. The best solution is to install antivirus protection, and you’ll be pleased to hear it doesn’t have to cost you loads.

Antivirus software detects, and then prevents, disarms or removes malicious programs or malware, often referred to as ‘viruses’. Antivirus doesn’t offer a perfect solution to the problem of malware, but it is a critical first step to securing your PC or laptop. To help prevent viruses infecting your PC you must install antivirus, and then regularly update your antivirus software. All the antivirus software reviewed here will update automatically.

But internet security software is no longer just about countering viruses. Although they still exist, viruses are arguably a minor part of the malware now prevalent on the web. More important now is security of personal data and protection from ransomware. Security exploits aren’t about show-off hackers massaging their egos, anymore, but about monetising their malware.

The modern day criminal doesn’t have to be a hard-line hacker, either. They can buy all the software they need, and millions of addresses, on the dark web or even on eBay, if you know where to look. You can buy everything from denial of service attack – with botnets for hire – to individual exploits. Custom attacks are available, where the code changes after only a dozen uses or so, making it very hard for Internet Security (IS) providers to block every new variant.

Zero day attacks

Although the primary concern is to block malware so it doesn’t install on your PC in the first place, there isn’t an internet security suite made which is 100 percent effective. Worthwhile IS and antivirus software should also detect so-called ‘zero day’ attacks, where the malware is so new it hasn’t yet been analysed or had ‘signatures’ built into IS protection routines.

The speed with which these analyses are made is an important factor in the level of protection an IS suite can provide. Some companies now claim a turnaround of well under an hour, using information gained from their own customers about similar attacks. The cloud element in security applications is growing more and more important in speeding this process. So-called “next gen” protection using behaviour analysis and even artificial intelligence is also beginning to creep into some products.

Newly-installed software can be monitored, looking for suspicious activity and can then be prevented from potentially damaging actions, such as changing registry entries, or installing as a browser add-in. Ransomware can also be identified by unexpected attempts to encrypt your files.

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Malware is evolving faster than ever, but fortunately the latest generation of antivirus – or AV – is better equipped than ever to handle new threats.

In recent years, the technology that powers AV software has changed dramatically. An AV package you purchased a few years ago was able to stop known viruses and other known malware, but brand-new, unknown viruses proved more difficult. Newer products do a better job of stopping them.

For our antivirus tests we team up with Germany’s AV-Test.org and the UK’s SELabs, both highly respected independent security-software testing labs. Each rigorously tests AV products from a number of leading security companies.

The multifaceted testing procedure looks not only at how well an AV product can detect malware using traditional, largely signature-based methods (that is, employing a database of known malware types), but also at how well it can block brand-new, unknown malware caught fresh from the wild. These companies also examine how well security products clean up after an infection if a piece of malware does get through.

Every program in this list is worth your investment. The differences between the top few are relatively minor. The critical thing is to install one of these programs.

Is free antivirus good enough?

Our tests focus on paid-for and free AV products. Paid-for AV products usually offer better technical support and more comprehensive protection features than free programs, but free is free and some free packages can still give paid packages a run for their money. Internet security suites go further still, offering firewalls, parental controls, identity theft protection and more

The best web browsers for 2017

What’s the most popular web browser?

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Apple Safari
  3. Internet Explorer & Edge
  4. Firefox

When you first turn on a new PC or laptop, you’ll find that your only route to the internet is via Internet Explorer or, if you’ve just bought a machine running Windows 10, Microsoft’s new Edge web browser.

It’s the same with an iPhone or Android device. There will be Safari, Google Chrome or another browser.

But you can download whichever browser you like, either using the one on your PC or laptop already, or the app store on your phone or tablet.

And thanks to W3Counter’s browser stats (April 2017), you can see which are the most popular:

Google Chrome, then, is by far the most used browser which accounts for well over half of web traffic, followed by Safari in a distant second place. IE (plus Edge) comes in third, with Firefox fourth. Opera is fifth with 2.9 percent of global web traffic.

Here’s how it breaks down into the Top 10 browsers, showing the versions used. Note that Microsoft Edge and Opera don’t even make the list.

Google Chrome is no longer supported on Windows XP and Vista. Google recommends you upgrade your OS. For more details, see Google’s blog post.

Which is the best web browser?

You can’t always believe statistics, and not all surveys agree. StatCounter, for example, puts UC Browser in third place, not IE. However, all agree that Chrome is by far the most popular.

Of course, you’d be right to say that just because more people use a certain browser, that doesn’t make it “the ‘best”. It’s just one measure, and there are others of course.

Previously we have reviewed web browsers, benchmarking them for speed and rating them on features. The problem with that approach was that all of these browsers are updated constantly, meaning that those reviews quickly became outdated. And that’s why we’re not offering benchmark results here.

Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, Apple and others also add, change and remove features in those regular updates, so on the odd occasion, a feature which was a reason to use a particular browser would vanish overnight.

Even if a browser is better than its rivals because of performance, security or features, they’re all free and there’s no limit to how many you can install or run at the same time. So while many would agree when we say that Google Chrome is the ‘best’ web browser, there’s nothing stopping you from using five or six different browsers.

At Tech Advisor we all use multiple browsers on a daily basis. Those of us running Windows use Chrome, Firefox and Opera most of the time with Edge when necessary, while Mac users will use a blend of Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

And all of these browsers offer decent performance and compatibility. They all offer to save your passwords and aside from Internet Explorer (and to some extent Microsoft Edge) they will sync your data, favourites and tabs between multiple computers and devices so you can grab your phone and carry on reading where you left off on your laptop.

They all support extensions and add-ons so you can add specific features, shortcuts and widgets. As of the Windows 10 Anniversary update in mid 2016, Edge finally started supporting extensions.

If a specific extension isn’t available on your favourite browser, simply check and see if it for another browser. Similarly, if a website isn’t displaying properly or working in one browser, try another. These are the most common reasons why we use more than one browser.

The best PDF editors for 2017

We test and rate the best PDF editors you can get, including packages from Adobe, Foxit, Nuance, Nitro and more. Most of the packages here cost money but it is possible to edit PDFs for free.

Your buyer’s guide for the best PDF editors in 2017

PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most popular types of document for sharing as most devices and computers can open a PDF for the recipient to read. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a laptop or a smartphone, nor which software was used to create it.

But while some PDF reader software allows you to annotate or add comments, such as the free Foxit Reader, sometimes you need to edit the actual PDF itself. This is possible with the tools below, even if a different program was used to make the file in the first place. Such programs allow to to do things like convert a PDF to Word format.

All software below lets you create PDFs from other files – including .doc – but they also allow you to edit PDF files so that you don’t need to track down the original source file in its native format. In addition, most of them also provide advanced features such as form creation, digital signature and ID certification, and collaborative review and commenting, that you generally don’t get with free PDF packages. We also take a look at one free package – AbleWord PDF editor –  to see just how much you can get without spending a penny.

Online PDF editors

If you don’t want to install any software, you can edit up to three PDFs online using PDF Profor free, and there’s also FormSwift PDF editor online.

How to install iOS 11 right now

Apple took to the stage at WWDC 2017 and announced a flurry of updates both software and hardware related. Not only did we get our first glimpse at iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, but we were treated to new hardware like a refreshed Mac lineup, a new iMac Pro and a Siri-powered speaker dubbed HomePod.

Apple announced at the event that iOS 11 would be available in beta form to developers right away, with the public beta not too far behind. Here, we show you how you can install iOS 11 right now. Before we go any further, we’d recommend backing up your iPhone or iPad in case anything goes wrong.

iOS 11 supported devices

Before we discuss the ways to install iOS 11 right now, we should first note the devices that support the update.

The iOS 11 beta is available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first and second gen)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad (2017)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th gen

The following devices are not supported on iOS 11: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-gen, iPod touch 5th-gen, original iPad. iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4.

YouTube Kids

In our experience kids love to watch videos on YouTube. Too much, in fact. And not everything on YouTube is suitable for children. But Google has made a child-friendly app which – aside from having a simpler interface – filters out the bad stuff and tries its best to make sure they only see what is appropriate.

pokemon go 2No filtering system is perfect, so supervision is still required (that’s our advice, anyway) but this free app is a must-install.

We’ve got lots more tips for keeping kids safe online.

How to install Exodus on Kodi 17 Krypton

This guide assumes you already have Kodi V17.3 (aka Krypton) installed, but if not, the first step is to head to Kodi’s download page and choose the right version for your hardware. You’ll also like our guide to the best Kodi add-ons.

videos menuNeither PC Advisor or Kodi advocates or encourages piracy. You should use Kodi, its add-ons and our advice only to access content for which you have the legal rights.

You should also note that Exodus has in the past been used to turn users into a DDoS botnet, so use it at your own risk.