FreedomPop's Unreal Mobile MVNO Launches with $10 Plan

Unreal Mobile officially launched today after signing up some 50,000 beta users over the last month. Unreal Mobile is a new MVNO from FreedomPop. It is offering unlimited service that includes a VPN, mobile ad blocking, and the ability for customers to use their Unreal phone number on tablets, phones, and computers. All three Unreal service plans include unlimited talk, text, and 2G data. The entry-level plan costs $10 per month and includes 1 GB of LTE, while the $15 plan includes 2 GB and the $30 plan includes 5 GB. The MVNO also lets subscribers carry unused data over to the next month and offers live support. The first three phones being sold by Unreal are the Alcatel Dawn for $150, a certified pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S6 for $150, and a pre-owned iPhone 7 for $300. The carrier says customers will be able to bring their own phone later this summer. Consumers interested in Unreal Mobile can sign up via Unreal’s web site.

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Google's Flutter Exits Beta and Reaches Release Preview

Google today made the first Release Preview of Flutter available to developers. Flutter is a set of tools that can help developers create user interface designs that work on Android and iOS. Flutter has been in beta testing since February and saw its last major update in May. Google says Flutter is quick and easy to use, and can be put to use by experienced and novice developers alike. It includes frameworks for windows, widgets, animations, and image libraries. It includes a GPU-accelerated renderer and native ARM code runtime. It supports accessibility features, right-to-left text, localization, and internationalization. On iOS, it support inline video, additional image formats, and background processes. Flutter Release Preview 1 introduces a handful of new features, such as support for hardware keyboards, barcode scanners, and video recording. The team behind Flutter says it is focusing on improving the video player package with broader format support and better reliability. It has also extended Firebase support to include dynamic links for handling links across platforms. Last, Flutter now has instructions for adding Flutter widgets to existing Android and iOS apps. The end result, hopes Google, will be better looking and better functioning mobile apps that look and run the same on Android and iOS. More information about the new features in Flutter Release Preview 1 can be found at the Flutter blog.

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Trump Agrees to Talk to Congress About 'Problematic' ZTE

ZTE will be the topic of discussion at a meeting today between President Trump and members of the Senate and House of Representatives, reports Reuters. Trump wants to talk about the “problematic” amendment made to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier this week, which will keep certain sanctions against ZTE in place. The administration and lawmakers have different viewpoints on what to do with ZTE. The company was caught lying about a 2017 settlement over exports to Iran and North Korea in violation of sanctions. As a result, the Department of Commerce banned U.S. companies from selling ZTE software or hardware for a period of seven years. The ban has effectively put ZTE out of business, as it is unable to buy the components it needs to make phones. The Trump administration wants the ban lifted and the Commerce Department agreed to a new fine along with required management changes at ZTE. Members of the Senate and House, however, contend that ZTE’s punishment was fair and should be upheld. Despite the Commerce Department agreement, Senators added language to the NDAA that keeps the sanctions in place, putting it at odds with the Trump administration. The White House confirmed that the meeting will take place, but did not specify the attendees.

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Samsung Brings the Gold Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the US

Samsung today said its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones will be available in gold starting June 24. The company announced the new color last month, but initially said it would be limited to other markets. The gold color joins the red, black, blue, gray, and purple hues that are already available. Samsung says the gold S9/S9+ will only be sold at Best Buy stores,, and Pricing for starts at $720 for the gold S9 and $840 for the gold S9+.

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A soothing music mask

A soothing music mask
So, England won the other night. It’s all going well so far, but, after the edge-of-the-seat action, you might need a lie down. This sleep mask could be just the ticket. You can whack it on during a flight or after a long day at work. It’ll not only black out the light, but it’ll also plug into your phone so that you can play some peaceful music too.

The integrated headphones can be popped into your ears easily and, well, what more is there to say eh? It’s available for £29.99 from Oasis. There’s no Bluetooth but you get a cable with volume controls.

If you’re going on holiday soon, this could be the ideal thing for blocking out the rest of the passengers.

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BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App – An Impressive Immersive Experience

The World Cup is great, 4 weeks of footy heaven, beer snacks and England related stress injuries.

Over recent years  the BBC have used the World Cup to showcase it’s latest technologies, from HD, to multiple audio streams and  in this case VR presentation of matches…….yes I’ve just watched my first game of football in VR and I have to say that is was absolutely blummin awesome.

I watched the match on my Playstation VR, although the App is also available on Google Cardboard, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard & iOS, some functionality may vary across platforms but I’m sure the general gist is the same.

N.B. The Screen Shots in this article are from the iOS version due to a block on screenshot capture on  the PSVR version.

BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience

When joining a match in VR you can choose to sit in one of three virtual executive boxes, an elevated box bang on the half way line or at ground level, behind each of the goals.  The virtual environments around you are very detailed, stylish and all together relaxing, as you sit of a large virtual settee looking out through a window over the pitch.

The match itself is streamed in front of you and it really does look as if you are looking out over the match, and to assist in your enjoyment there is a large virtual screen just above head height showing the live TV footage, with commentary, which is synced perfectly with the action on the big pitch in front of you.

The ability to switch from a central camera to a camera behind the goal is great, especially for free kicks and penalties, it’s like been in the crowd at a match on a Saturday match.

BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience

On the PSVR version you can also use the controller to display a small virtual floating screen which can be used to display highlights from earlier in the day, it all works very well and is really a very impressive experience.

On the PSVR the whole experience is deeply immersive, all you can see is the virtual environment, all you can hear is the crowd and commentary, no distractions, no mobile phone notifications it’s just you and the football which in these days is very rare indeed.

This is V1 of the solution and it is fantastic but there is room for evolution, On the PSVR the streaming action could be a little resolution boost and what a great opportunity to create a social VR experience by inviting your mates to join you virtually watch the game. I’m absolutely sure these things will come in time but what a great ‘starter for ten’ the BBC have given us.

If you have access to VR give it a try, it’s a fantastic experience.

BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience
BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience
BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience
BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience
BBC Virtual Reality World Cup App   An Impressive Immersive Experience

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Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps

Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is “beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data.” T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, “I’ve personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen.” The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected. Lawmakers called for change and today’s responses appear to be it.

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Google Podcasts comes to Android

Google have emailed us tonight with news of a brand new app available on Android, and anyone interested in podcasts will want to check it out for sure.

Google Podcasts is a new app that, as the name would suggests, is a brand new Podcast player that is available to download and use right now!

The great thing about this app is you can start on one device, and continue to listen on another device, right at the same place you left it.

Google Podcasts comes to Android

The benefits of this service though come in the form of the Google Assistant which will let you play podcasts by speaking to your device, and yes that includes your Google Home speakers that are dotted around the house/office.

Google also use AI to suggest other podcasts you might want to listen too based on your playlist.

I have just started to try it out for myself, moving away from PocketCasts to see how good it is in comparison.

The service is now live so if you want to check it out visit the Play Store.

Whether we’re listening to history lessons on the commute, news stories at the gym, or gripping mysteries while preparing dinner, podcasts have become an essential part of life. But, it can still be difficult to get started and find new shows you’ll love—and work still remains in making podcasts accessible and discoverable for all.

Today, we’re releasing the Google Podcasts app for Android, available globally in the Play Store. Integrated with the Google Assistant across your devices and packed with personalized recommendations, Google Podcasts is designed to make it easier than ever for Android users to discover and listen to podcasts. We’re also announcing a partnership with industry experts to improve diversity in podcast creation, and sharing a peek at how AI can help transform podcasting for the better.

Google Podcasts comes to Android

Smarter recommendations with Google Podcasts

With Google Podcasts, you can listen and subscribe to any podcast, including popular shows like The DailyCyrus SaysModern LoveLage der NationThe Bill Simmons Podcast, and literally millions more. Beyond the podcasts you already know, Google Podcasts uses AI to offer recommendations based on your listening habits—such as your interest in sports or true crime, or podcasts from a particular network.

Google Podcasts seamlessly syncs across a variety of Google products, including the Google Assistant. So if you’re listening to a podcast on your phone during your commute home, you can resume it on your Google Home when you arrive. Over time, we’ll integrate Google Podcasts into more places you use Google.

Google Podcasts comes to Android

How podcasters can optimize for Google

With Google Podcasts, we’re focused on helping podcast creators reach a broader audience. To ensure inclusion in the Google Podcasts app, creators should follow our updated developer guidelines, which you may already be familiar with for other Google apps. In today’s update, a few new sections cover how to:

  • Prompt Google to index new podcasts as quickly as possible
  • Generate a direct link to your podcast
  • Download the Google Podcasts brand assets for sharing on your website
  • Track analytics that come from Google Podcasts

Promoting inclusive storytelling in podcasting

Podcasting holds unbounded promise as a storytelling medium, but its future depends on a rich array of stories, voices and creators. While there are more podcasts than ever before, there continues to be an imbalance in who is creating them. Looking at top charts, only about a quarter of the most popular podcasts tend to be hosted by women, and even fewer by people of color.

That’s why we’re also partnering with the podcast industry on a program to increase the diversity of voices and remove barriers to podcasting. The program will be guided by an advisory board from around the world, with the primary goal of enabling skills development and experimentation from underrepresented voices, as well as cultivating ideas and processes that can scale throughout the industry. We’ll be rolling out more details this summer, and we encourage you to fill out the online form if you are interested.

The future of Google Podcasts

We couldn’t be more excited to help people around the world discover podcasts they’ll love, and this is just the beginning. Looking forward, Google Podcasts will be a launchpad for building an even better podcast listening experience using AI.

For example, as speech-to-text technology continues to improve, we’ll be able to provide new features like automatic subtitling, which is especially helpful if you are hearing impaired or in a noisy area without headphones. Powered by Google Translate, subtitles can then be made available in a wide variety of languages, further improving access to podcasts.

We’re excited about where we’re heading with Google Podcasts. To try out the new experience today, visit the Play store.

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Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies

Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month’s revelation that third-party companies didn’t always properly protect this data. LocationSmart, for example, exposed the real-time location of millions of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless customers without their consent. Accuracy of the location data was as good as a few hundred yards. The breach caught the attention of lawmakers, including Sen. Ron Wyden, who wanted the matter invested. “When these issues were brought to our attention, we took immediate steps to stop it,” said Verizon spokesperson Rich Young. Wyden thanked Verizon for changing its policy, but pointed out that AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have left their location-sharing practices in place.

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T-Mobile and Sprint Make Big Claims About Merger Benefits

T-Mobile and Sprint today officially petitioned the FCC for permission to merge. The companies filed a Public Interest Statement with the agency that makes lofty claims about why the merger a good idea. To start, the companies promise to “build a world-class nationwide 5G network” that will surpass the capacity of AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile and Sprint believe they can do this faster if combined. The two also believe prices will go down as a result. “T-Mobile and Sprint coming together … will spur Verizon and AT&T to invest in a huge capacity increase that will drive down the price per gigabyte across the entire industry,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. He claims consumers will see a 55% drop in the price per GB. The two firms believe its future 5G network will supplant the need for wired services in the home and let millions cut the cord (and thus save money.) The New T-Mobile is committed to bringing increased broadband coverage to rural communities using its 600 MHz holdings, which will be served by 600 new stores and dedicated call centers. Sprint and T-Mobile also suggest it will offer stronger products to business and video customers. Last, the two believe the merger will create jobs. “We will create more than 3,000 direct jobs initially,” said Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure. “In just a few years, that will increase to more than 11,000 jobs. And, thousands more jobs will be created to support our 5G network build-out.” This last point contradicts one of the most basic outcomes of many mergers: job reductions. Sprint and T-Mobile first proposed the merger in April. It’s unclear what steps the government, and the FCC in particular, will take to review the deal.

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