Google Voice for iOS Picks Up Small Update

Google has refreshed its Google Voice app for iPhones. The latest version of the app includes a new home screen icon and other visual tweaks to give it a clean look. The app also adds a contacts tab at the bottom of the screen, making it easier to reach phone numbers. Google incorporated Voice into its G Suite for business users earlier this year. The updated app for iPhones is free to download from the iTunes App Store. It’s not clear when the Android version of Voice will see a similar update.

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International roaming with SMARTY. Tested.

As we mentioned earlier, SMARTY, the simple SIM only network, are backed by Three. Travelling within the EU, as you would expect, is included in your normal usage. You can head to Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, where-ever. Just use your phone as you would back in the UK.

Further afield, you can roam too. You just pay as you go so there’s no need to buy big packages with extra data you might never use. We tested this out fairly recently using a SMARTY SIM card. It’s just £7.50 for their “Small” package, which delivers 2GB of data, however you can choose bigger packages.

When you go outside the EU, you’ll need to perform a quick alteration to your APN configuration, but this only takes seconds and unlocks the ability to roam internationally. In the USA, where we tested this, it costs 10p per MB of data. So, 10MB is £1 and 50MB is £5. You can see the costs per-country with this checker.

International roaming with SMARTY. Tested.
We tested it out and it roamed onto the 3G AT&T signal without any problem. This reflected a local phone, as there’s a very patchy 4G signal in the area of Florida we tested this in.

All in all though, it worked fine. So, if you want a simple, easy and no-fuss way of getting the full Three signal experience at home – give SMARTY a try. You can choose from one of their packages below. You also get to go on holiday to Spain, Cyprus, Ibiza or anywhere else in the EU and pay absolutely nothing extra. Plus, if you want to go further afield, they offer international roaming too.

International roaming with SMARTY. Tested.

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US Gov Workers Barred from Using Huawei, ZTE Devices

President Trump this week signed the Defense Authorization Act, which bans the use of Huawei or ZTE devices by government personnel. The Defense Authorization Act is an annual piece of legislation that provides funding to the military. Congress added language to the act that makes it illegal for any government employee to buy or use devices or components from either Huawei or ZTE, both of which are considered by some to be security threats. The move puts a bookmark at the end of a tumultuous year for Huawei and ZTE, which have seen their U.S. businesses come under attack. Early in the year, Huawei lost distribution deals with AT&T and Verizon. Later, ZTE was hit with a ban on using U.S. components and software. ZTE was forced to pay a significant fine and agree to other conditions in order to get back to business. The ban on government use of Huawei and ZTE gear goes into effect over the next two years.

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Apple removes Group Facetime from iOS12 launch

When apple announced iOS12 earlier in the year, one of the major features was Group FaceTime.

However it now seems that this feature is to be delayed until later in the year according to the latest Beta update.

Apple removes Group Facetime from iOS12 launch

Apple have removed the feature on the latest Beta of iOS 12 as well as the computer updated called Mojave.

This is sure to leave a lot of people disappointed as it was a big part of the announcement, fingers crossed it is not too long before it launches.

This is not the first time Apple have held back on major parts of an iOS upgrade, Apple Pay Cash launched a while after iOS 11 came out, the same with AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud which came even later on.

Hopefully customers won’t have too long to wait, especially with new iPhone devices due to be announced shortly.

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EE named as the Best Network in the UK

EE have been announced by RootMetrics as the ‘Best Network’ for 2018, making this an impressive five years in a row.

The company has been busy upgrading their network with new technology, allowing them to keep ahead of rivals with super impressive speeds plus capacity where needed.

Main highlights covered in the press release include:

  • Doubling capacity:
    • To double capacity on more than 2,500 sites in the last year alone, EE has deployed 20MHz of its high frequency, 2600MHz spectrum on to sites already equipped with 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum
    • EE has also deployed a further 15MHz of 2600MHz spectrum on the busiest sites
  • Refarming 3G spectrum:
    • To stay ahead of congestion and user demand for 4G in the most popular areas, EE is refarming 2100MHz spectrum that previously carried 3G traffic
    • EE’s 5CA technology brings together up to 70MHz of 4G spectrum to its busiest sites, with plans in place to refarm 1800MHz spectrum from 2G to 4G
  • VoLTE now on top:
    • This summer, for the first time on the EE network, customers made more calls on VoLTE – 4G Calling – than on 3G
    • 45% of non-Wi-Fi calls were on 4G – rising from 0% in 2016 – with 42% on 3G and the remaining 13% on 2G
  • 4G in more places:
    • In the last 12 months, EE has built and activated more than 350 brand new mobile towers across some of the most rural parts of the UK
    • New mobile sites built in 2018 have connected people in places like Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway, Loch Tarff and Gorthleck in The Highlands, Terrington and Oswaldkirk in  North Yorkshire, Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

EE named as the Best Network in the UK

With 5G being tested later this year, it will still be some time before customers get to experience this new technology, so 4G and 3G is still very important for today and the next year or so.

With a huge amount of spectrum in it’s portfolio and an already impressive network that is just getting better, it is easy to see why EE continue to win time after time network awards.

FIVE YEARS IN A ROW: EE NAMED UK’S BEST NETWORK IN ROOTMETRICS’ 2018 NATIONWIDE TESTING

 

  • UK’s most comprehensive independent mobile network test find EE to be nation’s best network for calls, data and reliability
  • EE’s continued commitment to launching the newest and best technology for customers secures fifth year of UK network leadership
  • Latest award comes as EE boosts 4G capacity, expands 4G coverage to more new places, and customers make more phone calls on 4G than on 3G for the first time

14 August 2018 – EE, part of the BT Group, has been named by independent testing experts RootMetrics as the UK’s best mobile network. EE won the UK-wide award for giving customers the fastest speeds and the best reliability for both phone calls and data.

EE was named as the UK’s number one network for the fifth year in a row. RootMetrics travelled 20,928 miles, and undertook 593,008 tests (including calls, data and text messages), of all four of the UK networks across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in the first six months of 2018. The company has been testing all UK mobile operators every six months since 2012.

In the last year alone, EE has doubled 4G capacity on more than 2,500 sites across the country, and has begun turning 3G airwaves into a boost of 4G speeds for customers in Cardiff, Hull, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London as it introduces ‘5CA’ – five carrier aggregation – technology.

EE has also revolutionised mobile phone calls, with customers now making more calls on 4G than on 3G for the first time ever – meaning they still have access to superfast 4G while making calls, and can benefit from EVS (enhanced voice services) technology for clearer voice quality.

With 4G Calling and WiFi Calling – where calls are possible even with only WiFi coverage – available on every smartphone with a pay monthly contract, EE is giving customers the most reliable voice service ever, and in more places than ever before.

EE has also introduced completely new ways for customers to make phone calls, with the launch of smart number technology and Apple Watch 4G connectivity. EE has rolled out smart number technology to allow customers to extend their phone number to five other connected devices – like tablets and laptops – which are internet connected with either Wi-Fi or mobile connectivity. Smart number technology is initially available for iOS users, and will be rolling out to Android at a later date.

EE is also the only UK network to enable 4G connectivity for the Apple Watch Series 3, allowing customers to stay connected with the same number to make calls and receive texts, even without their iPhone nearby.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said: “We have relentlessly invested in improving our customers’ experience of our network. We’re connecting customers in more places than ever before, more reliably than ever before, and with the fastest data speeds in the UK. We’ve been driving forward the UK’s mobile infrastructure for five years, and we’ll keep going – with 5G launching next year to raise the bar yet again.”

 

Technical summary

  • Doubling capacity:
    • To double capacity on more than 2,500 sites in the last year alone, EE has deployed 20MHz of its high frequency, 2600MHz spectrum on to sites already equipped with 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum
    • EE has also deployed a further 15MHz of 2600MHz spectrum on the busiest sites
  • Refarming 3G spectrum:
    • To stay ahead of congestion and user demand for 4G in the most popular areas, EE is refarming 2100MHz spectrum that previously carried 3G traffic
    • EE’s 5CA technology brings together up to 70MHz of 4G spectrum to its busiest sites, with plans in place to refarm 1800MHz spectrum from 2G to 4G
  • VoLTE now on top:
    • This summer, for the first time on the EE network, customers made more calls on VoLTE – 4G Calling – than on 3G
    • 45% of non-Wi-Fi calls were on 4G – rising from 0% in 2016 – with 42% on 3G and the remaining 13% on 2G
  • 4G in more places:
    • In the last 12 months, EE has built and activated more than 350 brand new mobile towers across some of the most rural parts of the UK
    • New mobile sites built in 2018 have connected people in places like Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway, Loch Tarff and Gorthleck in The Highlands, Terrington and Oswaldkirk in  North Yorkshire, Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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Apple Seeds iOS 12 Beta 7 to Developers

Apple has made a new beta of iOS 12 available to its developer community. iOS 12 developer beta 7 was released today to registered developers. Apple didn’t spell out any specific changes in this build other than bug fixes and improvements. iOS 12 includes a number of new features, such as improved notifications, memoji for the iPhone X, performance refinements, Screen Time for monitoring usage, and better security. Apple has, however, pulled the Group FaceTime feature, according to a report from The Verge. “Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12,” said Apple in a message to developers. Instead, Group FaceTime “will ship in a future software update later this fall.” The final version of iOS 12 won’t arrive until September or October. A new public beta is expected to arrive later this week.

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Michael Kors launches Runway

In 2018 the Smartwatch is something many people are still getting used to using, and some still have no interest in owning one.

Designers are getting involved to help bring out the fashion loving audience and having that special big of bling on their wrist to show off their brand.

Michael Kors has just announced their latest range of smartwatches ‘Runway’ and have some impressive features for customers to enjoy.

Michael Kors launches RunwayMichael Kors launches Runway

The main features worth pointing out in this new range are heart rate tracking technology on the wrist, waterproofing so you can use the watch anywhere, anytime.

You also have GPS built in so even if you leave your phone at home, the watch will record your steps.

Being a Google powered watch you get Google Pay built in so you can make NFC payments, and best of all, the Google Assistant right on your wrist.

Check below for the full press release.

NEW YORK — August 13, 2018 — Michael Kors is pleased to announce the return of its iconic Runway watch as an innovative smartwatch—a fresh, eye-catching addition to the popular Michael Kors Access collection. In the next evolution of wearable technology, the Runway smartwatch offers a new highly personalized experience with heart-rate tracking, swimproof functionality, payment methods, untethered GPS and more. In addition to the three classic stainless steel platings, the brand is also introducing its first ever silicone-strap styles within the group—perfect for the customer who wants a smartwatch that transitions from a workout to a night out with ease.

“I’m excited about adding our signature Runway style to our already exceptional lineup of smartwatches made in collaboration with Google to feature the latest wearable technology and the Google Assistant,” says John D. Idol, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “With the new features and benefits, Michael Kors Access smartwatches ensure that our customers can now be more connected than ever before.”

“The last two generations of the MICHAEL KORS ACCESS collection have allowed users globally to express their personal style while staying in touch with the world around them,” said Miles Barr, Director of Engineering for Wear OS by Google. “We’re thrilled to partner again on the new Runway smartwatch and support Michael Kors’ ongoing innovation in the wearables space”.

Equipped for your every need, the Runway smartwatch features new digital dial designs that connect to and visually show your heart rate, making it easy to measure and track. Additionally, updates to the My Social app—a feature that allows users to showcase their Facebook and Instagram photos right on their watch dials—will allow you to customize your social photo dials with Michael Kors-themed stickers.

Other exciting features include:

Heart Rate Tracking: Automatically track your heart rate across multiple types of workouts using Google Fit or third-party apps.

*Tic Health available in China.

Swimproof Technology: Shower and swim (up to 3 ATM) seamlessly and track swim workouts through third-party apps.

*Mobvoi Store available in China; Google Play Store available in select countries.

Payment Technology: Make purchases via your NFC-enabled smartwatch using Google Pay.

*Alipay available in China. Google Pay available in select countries.

GPS Distance Tracking: Leave your phone at home when going for a walk, hike, ride, or run with built-in GPS that records the distance right on your smartwatch.

Google Assistant on the Wrist: Ask the Google Assistant to help you manage daily tasks, get answers on the go and more.

*Mobvoi Assistant available in China; Google Assistant available in select languages.

Powered with Wear OS by Google™ and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100 SoC, the new Michael Kors Access Runway touchscreen smartwatch is compatible with both iPhone® and Android™ phones.

The Michael Kors Access Runway Fall 2018 Collection will be available in Michael Kors stores, online at www.michaelkors.com and from selected retailers worldwide in August 2018.

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Blogging for 16 years, and counting..

Blogging for 16 years, and counting..
Over the weekend I got chatting with an old friend. The subject of my “strange hobby” came up they asked if I was still doing “that website thing”. Well, yes. Yes I am. The conversation went on for a while and it made me realise just how long I’ve written about mobile phones, plus I reflected at the companies that have come and gone over the years.

First, let me take you back. I write this in 2018 but, back in 2002, the site looked like this. It all started when I went shopping with my girlfriend. I owned a classic Nokia 6210 at the time. A numeric keyboard, a battery that would last for days on end and that Snake game that everyone would play. However, although I’d never heard of the thing, I spotted a handset with a colour screen. It was called an “Orange SPV” and it was the product of a Microsoft and Orange collaboration. The first big Microsoft Smartphone. The member of staff in the Orange store (Orange later merged with T-Mobile and became EE) knew virtually nothing about the handset and it had only literally just turned up that morning. I bought it and that started my journey. Back in 2002 there wasn’t really any social media. Nobody really had the full internet on their mobile phones and websites were something we looked at every now and then with a desktop computer.

Held together with Microsoft Frontpage, I never thought that my small set of pages – hosted in a folder on a family website – would ever still be online some 16 years later. Blogging was relatively unheard of then. You either had a “website” or a “forum”, and updating a website was a big task. Now, me and the team can write articles on the move, on a mobile phone. We can snap a shot from an event or film a video and have it online in seconds. Back then it would involve buying a “proper digital camera” and uploading the shot over a very slow internet feed.

Just a few months after starting the “SPV” pages, I decided that buying the domain name which matched a heavily-advertised TV show was the way forward. I knew that I couldn’t just have all these hints and tips about the Orange SPV in a little folder online, so I bought www.bornsloppy.co.uk and moved over to that. However, a month later we switched to the Coolsmartphone.com name, which went live on February 14th 2003 and is still here today.

Blogging for 16 years, and counting..

My friend asked why I do it. I guess the answer is buried deep on that 2003 capture. At the time I was getting around 60 emails a day from people. This was before the age of Twitter and Facebook, so all communication came via email. The questions, tips, thoughts and opinions from all around the world – from you guys. It was fantastic, and it still is.

Along the way I’ve also met some fantastic people. I always tell the story of how I met the Microsoft staff in Seattle and how their first comments were, “Hey, you’re the Born Sloppy guy! We never knew that changing ringtones was such a big thing!” It was an amazing experience to meet the people that actually created the smartphones and the software.

Over the years I’ve been really lucky. I’ve been to Barcelona every year .. for almost a decade now. I’ve been to see how Huawei make their phones in China. I’ve been across to Seattle dozens of times, to Boston, to Florida, to many other countries too. But don’t, don’t ever expect stuff for free. Don’t expect to be the next big blog or the next big YouTube star by just doing a little bit here and there. It takes time, it takes effort and it’s hard work. So, if you’re thinking about setting up a blog or starting your own YouTube channel, be prepared to work hard at it and continue to do so for possibly years to come. This stuff ain’t easy.

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AP: Google Tracks Your Location Even When You Tell It Not To

Google defies the wishes of mobile device users and tracks their whereabouts even after people turn location history off, reports the Associated Press. An investigation conducted by the Associated Press found that many Google apps and services on both Android and iOS devices continued to pinpoint users despite their wishes to the contrary. The AP says computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed its findings. Those who allow Google to track their location can see their daily movements plotted in a timeline that’s visible on a map. Google allows people to pause location history so location data is not stored. While Google Maps may stop tracking users’ locations, other apps including weather and search will still pinpoint users. The AP claims this issue impacts two billion people. “If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off,” said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist. Google claims it is living up to its commitments. “There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services,” said Google in a statement provided to the AP. “We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.” Google explains that tuning off “Location History” prevents the device from adding location to users’ timelines, but the phone still captures and stores location data from other apps. Users wishing to more fully disengage tracking need to deactivate location in the “Web and App Activity” setting. Critics of Google’s policy suggest it continues to track location to better target advertising, which is Google’s main source of revenue.

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The best ways to minimize your battery usage

We have all now accepted the unrivaled role of smartphones in our lives. There is rarely a moment they are not accompanying us through the various different activities of our day; at work, during our commute, out with friends and even at the gym. Giving us direct access to every tool we might need to fulfill personal and professional commitments, the threat of our phone dying is an ever-present cloud over our heads. In fact, as we recently found out, the threat of our mobile dying at a crucial moment is more stressful for people than the prospect of starting a new job or even becoming a parent. With that in mind, most of us spend a good portion of time asking the perennial question – how can I make my phone battery last longer?

The best ways to minimize your battery usage

Ways to beat the battery drain

As mobile phones become more powerful and capable of processing at much faster speeds, so the full-charge battery lifespan seems to correspondingly diminish. Playing audio and video have always drained the battery noticeably fast, yet many users complain of their phone dropping in percent despite the seeming inactivity. There are various things we can do to help stop the inevitable freefall of our battery percentage while out and about: here we take a look at a few of the top tricks to stop you facing the ultimate 21st-century problem.

Stop apps running in the background

One of the major reasons for uncharted battery use is apps running in the background. Whether it comes from software that is tracking your geo-location everywhere you go or social media apps that are keen to alert you the second you have a notification, these apps can have a devastating effect on your battery longevity. To combat this, head to your phone settings and first of all check the battery statistics: percentages should be given here stating the power usage of each app on your phone. Once you’ve targeted the main culprits, you can simply remove them or switch them to run only when in use.

The best ways to minimize your battery usage

Consider using apps to help save battery

It might seem unusual to download yet another app to help you protect battery life, but apps like the AVG Antivirus and AVG Cleaner can help boost your RAM so that anything that doesn’t need to be used will be put to sleep. These apps also have great battery saving modes, so that once you get into the dreaded 10% or less, you can be sure that your apps will help you save power. As well, the Norton App Advisor can be picked up via the Norton Security Package, which will notify you about battery loss and even potential malware or viruses.

The best ways to minimize your battery usage

Turn your brightness down

It’s easy to overlook the power requirements that using your phone at full screen brightness takes, as we have become so accustomed to its appearance that way, but suffice to say it is considerable. Tests have shown that reducing your screen to half brightness can increase your battery life by up to five hours: while this is naturally dependent upon your usage and age of the phone, it undoubtedly demonstrates the significant improvement that can be gained.

The best ways to minimize your battery usage

Manage your wireless hardware

By default most of us go about our day with our mobiles’ mobile data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals all blaring out at full force. In reality this is completely unnecessary and sapping valuable battery from our phones. Finding Wi-Fi is indeed preferable to using mobile data if you are running low on battery and in a tight fix, but in this instance, it is equally imperative to then switch off all of your phone’s signal catching, as otherwise this will continue to drain the battery in the background. Managing these settings takes only a few swipes and taps and can save you vast amounts of power, which your future self will be eternally grateful for.

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