This new Google Flights tool will help you buy the cheapest plane tickets

As the weather warms up, people will naturally begin planning their next vacation. Google, in response, is adding four new features across several platforms on smartphones in an effort to help users find good travel deals and build an itinerary.

Arguably the most impactful addition, Google Flights is getting a new price guarantee badge to indicate the current price of a ticket is the lowest it will be for that day. That price point will be monitored “every day until departure, and if it does go down,” Google states it will pay you back the difference via Google Pay. The badge is part of a new pilot program so its reach will be limited. It’ll only show information on flights departing from the United States. 

Google Search, on the other hand, is getting a new Stories-like feature for hotel listings where you can swipe through a series of images to give you an idea of what to expect. User reviews and the location’s website will be present on-screen for more information alongside a booking button. The third Search feature adds prices for local tourist attractions and tour companies with an accompanying booking link. Famous locations in particular will have suggestions underneath the listing “for related experiences”, almost like a mini “city-wide tour”.

And finally, Google Maps will be getting a Recents tab for desktop displaying recently searched locales on the left-hand menu. You can then place everything in a new list to be saved for the future or to be shared with friends. Recents will be available “globally starting next week” with no word on a mobile version yet. That same Maps post does mention other notable travel tools, but it’s all stuff we’ve seen before like Immersive View and the AR-based Live View


The Google Search update is currently rolling out to mobile with some already online. We were able to try out the hotel Stories slideshow, but neither the flight guarantee badge nor tourist attraction prices were available at the time of this writing. Additionally, we asked Google if the company has plans to expand its badge pilot program to other countries and flights arriving in the US. This story will be updated at a later time if we hear back.

Before you go on vacation, there are a couple of other tools we recommend you become familiar with. Google recently launched extreme heat alerts to Search to let people know of upcoming heat waves and what to do to stay cool. There's also the tracking tool on Maps allowing users to share their location with friends in case they get lost.

You can learn more about this tracking feature and more by checking out TechRadar’s list of the 10 things you didn’t know Google Maps could do.

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Amazon has the UK’s cheapest Samsung Note 10 deal with £281 slashed off the price

Sure, Samsung Galaxy S20 deals are impressive, with 5G capabilities, top-notch screens and flagship cameras. But it won't come as a surprise to hear that Samsung flagship quality doesn't come cheap.

Luckily, now the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is rumoured to be just around the corner, we're starting to see the older Samsung Galaxy Note 10 shed its price, with Amazon slashing a large chunk off this week.

To be exact, Amazon is offering SIM-free Galaxy Note 10 deals at a discount of 32%, bringing the price down to just £587.79. That's a £281.21 saving from the device's RRP and the cheapest UK price for the Galaxy Note 10.

Realistically, that's the cheapest price you're going to get on this phone, beating out any Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deals. Simply invest in a cheap SIM only deal to finish off the package.

  • Want to see the competition? Check out our guide to the best iPhone deals

This SIM-free Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deal in full:

What's the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 like?

Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, you will find 8GB RAM and a 3500mAh battery, making this a pretty powerful device. And the 'S' pen – a tool for productivity through your phone – is back, too and smarter than ever.

On the outside you'll notice a triple camera set-up. That gives you access to not just a  wide-angle camera and optical zoom but also 4K video, optical image stabilisation and 'bokeh' video abilites.

You can read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review for more information

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This rare AMD chip is the cheapest 16-core CPU right now

Nearly 10 years ago, AMD attempted to break Intel's stranglehold on the server market with the Opteron 6272, a 16-core processor with 16 threads. Its price at launch was $ 523, but you can now get hold of one for £31.99 (around $ 40/AU$ 60) on eBay – and yes, you can fit up to four of them in a server or workstation.

The vendor is based in the UK, but will ship to many countries worldwide for an additional fee. Should remaining stocks run dry, there are still a fair few 6272s available from other sellers.

Based on the Bulldozer architecture, the Opteron 6272 was produced using a 32nm manufacturing process, has a TDP of 115W and 32MB cache with a base frequency of 2.1GHz.

Unsurprisingly, these parts have been pulled from a working environment. Opteron processors are server CPUs, used primarily in data centres that support service providers (i.e. web hosting , cloud storage and SaaS companies).

Fast forward to 2020 and AMD has its best chance in a decade to make a splash, with the new EPYC range that has up to 64 cores per CPU and is built using 7nm process.

Compared to its predecessor, AMD's new server processor enjoys a much higher IPC (instruction per clock), larger cache, multithreading and the ability to ramp up the core count with ease.

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Here’s the cheapest Core i5 laptop right now

We reviewed the Lhmzniy A9 not so long ago, and it remains one of the most promising laptops from China we’ve encountered in 2020. It comes with Windows 10 Pro, 16GB of RAM in dual channel, a webcam cover and a tiny charger – not to mention a premium finish that doesn't seem to match its affordable price tag.

Fast forward to April and a slightly larger clone has entered the market: the KUU K1.

The KUU K1 looks a lot like the bigger brother of the A9, with a 15.6-inch display and a full numeric keypad. The 256GB model is available for a mere $ 394.99 (around £350/AU$ 685) from Gearbest, using coupon code O4883112F39EB000 for a saving of $ 31.

The slightly more expensive 512GB model costs only $ 419.99 (roughly £375/AU$ 735) with coupon code D4883220F65EB001, which reduces the price by $ 36.

One key difference between the lookalike devices is the inclusion of a Core i5-5257U CPU in the KUU K1. It's an old CPU, launched in 2015, but with a base clock speed of 2.7GHz and a relatively powerful Iris Graphics 6100 GPU, it is still competitive with the likes of the Intel Core i5-7200U according to CPUBenchmark numbers. 

The rest of the specification is also unheard of at this price point: 8GB of RAM with a Magnesium Aluminum alloy, support for two SSDs (256GB or 512GB SSD), a fingerprint reader, and an IPS full HD display.

The machine also features 802.11ac, a 38Whr battery, two USB ports, a micro-HDMI interface, a card slot and a headphone jack. The webcam is located on the hinge, similar to the older Dell XPS 13 laptops, and should come with a privacy cover.

Note, Gearbest ships worldwide, but the exact cost in your local currency will be calculated in real time and displayed at checkout.

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This is the cheapest colour laser printer right now

Brother now has the cheapest colour laser printer in the world, the HL-L8260CDW, which has taken the crown from Lexmark's C3326DW.

There are a couple of caveats, though. The offer is limited to the United Kingdom and you have to use a cashback mechanism to maximise the value.

Essentially, you'll need to pay the full price upfront (£175.19 or $ 225.99) and then submit paperwork to claim £100 off, bringing the final price to £75.19 (or $ 96.99). For some reason, it's significantly more expensive in the US where Newegg sells it for a staggering $ 285.

For your money, you'll get a printer we once described as built like a tank, with build quality that rivals much dearer models. It comes with a three-year warranty as standard and does automatic duplex printing, as well as wireless connectivity.

It's also fast, capable of printing at up to 31 pages per minute with a 300-sheet capacity that can be increased to 900 if needed. Add-in advanced security and administrative features and you get a pretty convincing small business printer, that looks like a genuine bargain.

Note that it doesn’t have a scanner or a fax, which would have made it an almost perfect photocopier and all in one printer

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