Hands On with the Moto e5 Play

The Moto e5 Play is the latest truly entry-level phone from Motorola / Lenovo. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it does manage to fit in a fingerprint reader and an HD display. We checked it out in person. Here are our first impressions.

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FitBit to Update Versa with Quick Replies and Female Health Tracking

FitBit this week released its Versa smartwatch and said new features for the wearable will arrive as soon as next month. A software update to be made available in May will bring quick replies to people who pair their Versa with an Android device. People will be able to create up to five custom quick replies of 60 characters or less and use them in response to text messages, as well as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. FitBit said this feature is not planned for use with iOS devices at this time. The update will also bring female health tracking to the Versa, allowing women to keep track of their monthly cycles. Women should find it easier to manage their cycles and gain a more complete picture of their health and fitness data. These features will also eventually be installed on the older FitBit Ionic smartwatch. The Versa is aimed at the masses thanks to its $200 price point. It includes a color touch screen, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor, altimeter, light sensor, vibration motor, WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and NFC. These sensors allow the Versa to track 15 different exercise modes, including swimming, assess cardio fitness level, provide personal reminders, track sleep, store and play music, and make mobile payments. Battery life is as good as four days. It is available directly from FitBit and retailers such as Best Buy.

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Nokia 7 plus. Don’t forget, it’s on the way!

Nokia 7 plus. Dont forget, its on the way!

So, Dan wrote about this just a short while ago but the PR people promised me a free biscuit if I mentioned it again.

The Nokia 7 plus, a smartphone which promises a two day battery life, is coming to the UK. It’s £349.99 and will be available in a black / copper colour option from May 2nd, which really isn’t long for you to wait now. There’ll be no shortage of places selling it either. EE, Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco and Argos will all be offering it and you can pre-order right now from Nokia.com.

Nokia 7 plus. Dont forget, its on the way!

Specs on this one include that 6″ 18:9 Full HD+ screen, a curved back and slim edges. The handset, like all Nokia smartphones, is part of the Android One family, so there’s no bloatware and it’s a fresh Google experience with regular security updates. It runs Android 8.1 out of the box.

Specs include a Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 octa-core CPU (4×2.2 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz), a microSD expansion slot, 64GB of on-board storage, 4GB RAM, a dual 12 megapixel rear shooter and a 16 megapixel selfie shooter with Carl Zeiss optics throughout.

Nokia 7 plus. Dont forget, its on the way!

It has a 3.5mm audio jack, WiFi, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and a USB Type C charger.

Oh, and don’t forget that a free Google Home Mini bundle is being offered for the first month of sales.

Right! Where’s my biscuit? 🙂

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KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones – A Review

If like me you aren’t the greatest fan of exercise then the only thing that makes it tolerable is your favourite music to distract you.

However most sports headphones seem to be in the in ear bud style which for me simply don’t work as they fall out at the first step. Enter then the lightweight KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones, which are the traditional over the ear style but aimed at those sporty types of you.

KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review

Sporty you say?

Sweat and technology don’t make good bedfellows, so to keep them safe and hygienic the KitSound Exerts are IPX4 rated  which means that they are splash and light rain proof, so great for outdoor workouts, if not for sudden downpours.  In addition the earcups are detachable so that they can be washed, which actually is a good idea.

Clearly when you are exercising you don’t want wires getting in the way, so the KitSound Exert Headphones are bluetooth enabled allowing for wireless listening, of course this means that battery management needs to be considered but a single charge should see you through 12 of playback, and that’s plenty of exercise to be fair. Should you prefer a wired approach then of course the appropriate cables are included.

How to carry your device when exercising is always an interesting challenge. The KitSound Exert headphones come with a sporty waistband with carrying pouch – think a lightweight ‘Bum Bag’ – which whilst a tight fit carried my iPhone 6S without any issues.

Sound Quality

Like all KitSound headphones the Exerts sound great, with a good strong bass heavy tone delivered through their 40mm Drivers, perhaps not  quite as good as the KitSound Immerse headphones but up there, and a microphone is built into the headset so that you can take calls whilst on the move, and at £39.99  they represent very good value for money.

The KitSound Exerts sound good, are lightweight, comy and designed with exercise in mind with their IPX4 rating and washable earcups.

If you enjoy music for your exercise routines then check out the KitSound Immerse Headphones.

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KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review
KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review
KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review
KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review
KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review
KitSound Exert Sports Bluetooth Headphones   A Review

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Apple's New Robot Prevents Your Dead iPhone from Pushing Daisies

Apple today made several commitments to environmental conservation efforts based on recycling old iPhones. To start, the company will make a donation to Conservation International for every device recycled at Apple stores and Apple.com between now and April 30. Eligible devices will receive credit that customers can use toward an in-store purchase or put on an Apple Store Gift Card. The value will vary by device. Conservation International protects natural resources. Further, Apple debuted Daisy, a new robot that disassembles old iPhones in order to recover valuable materials for recycling purposes. Apple says Daisy can take apart nine different iPhone models, and disassemble up to 200 devices per hour, removing and sorting components. “At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.” Apple continues to work to reduce its carbon footprint, use safer materials in its products, and power its facilities with clean energy. Last, Apple said it will send an alert to Apple Watch users on April 21 challenging them to go outside and complete 30 minutes of activity. Those who do will be rewarded with unique stickers in iMessage.

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AT&T Preps More Than 100 Markets for 5G, Expands LTE-LAA

AT&T today said it has launched what it calls 5G Evolution in 117 new markets, bringing the total of pre-5G markets to 141. The company says its 5G Evolution technology can deliver theoretical speeds up to 400 Mbps to properly equipped phones. AT&T expects to launch 5G service in in a dozen markets, including Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Ga., by the end of the year. Further, AT&T has expanded its LTE-LAA footprint from three markets to parts of seven markets. LTE-LAA can push speeds to theoretical a max of 1 Gbps. The new LTE-LAA markets are Boston, Sacramento and McAllen, Texas. A handful of phones sold by AT&T are LTE-LAA capable, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8, and S8 Active, as well as the LG V30 and Moto Z2 Force Edition. AT&T’s LTE-LAA is already available in The Loop in Chicago, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, downtown LA, and the business district of San Francisco. AT&T plans to deploy LTE-LAA in at least 24 markets by the end of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 coming to Vodafone

Samsung Galaxy A8 coming to Vodafone
Yes, the A8, not the S8. The Galaxy A8 is a new mid-range device which fits into that uncomfortable “it’s a bit like an S8 but I bought the cheaper version” slot.

It’s a tad heavier than the Galaxy S8, but still has the 18.5:9 screen and glass on the front and back, but this has no real curves to it. The 5.6″ Super AMOLED 2220 x 1080 pixel panel isn’t quite as good as the S8 (by the way, there’s an A8+ which provides a 6″ screen). Here you get Full HD instead of the Quad HD on the S8. The memory is the same though (4GB RAM), although we’re expecting 32GB storage on this one (plus microSD) and a 3000mAh battery.

The camera kit on this comes in the form of a 16 megapixel rear shooter (f/1.7) and an 8 megapixel selfie shooter.

Voda have it on their coming soon pages right now, alongside the ZTE Axon M. No details on pricing just yet, but you can get it with their usual selection of Sky Sports TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass. Get more detail on the phone itself on the Samsung.com website.

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Google Hinges Android Messaging Strategy On Carrier-Based RCS; Allo Being Put On 'Pause'

Google hopes to solve the messaging experience on Android phones with a new service called Chat. Chat will be based on Rich Communication Services and live within the existing Android Messages application. RCS represents the next generation of mobile communication with advanced features such as presence, read receipts, video chat, and more. Google has been quietly gathering commitments from wireless carriers around the globe in order to make this work. The service is set to launch soon, though it will be up to individual carriers to deploy. Chat and RCS rely on data connections, but will revert to SMS — what Android Messages uses today — when data service is not available. Google expects to update the Android Messages app with advanced features such as GIF search and the Google Assistant. At the same time, Google is “pausing” development on the Google Allo messaging app, which first launched with Google Assistant in 2016. Most of the Allo team is being moved to the Android Messages product, according to The Verge, leaving Allo all but abandoned. Android Messages is the default texting/messaging app on many Android phones, but not all of them. Companies such as Samsung have created their own SMS/messaging apps for their phones. In those cases, it will be up to phone owners to download and install Android Messages in order to take advantage of Chat service from their carrier. Unlike some messaging services, Chat will not be encrypted. This means it isn’t as secure as iMessage on the iPhone. Google has left numerous messaging services in the digital graveyard over the last few years. When Chat launches, it should put the matter to rest and serve as Android’s core service for the foreseeable future.

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Enjoying the sun? Get yourself a battery-powered scooter to go to work on

OK, so you’re probably going to have to watch the numerous potholes that are about at the moment. Riding one of these things on a road could  be eventful for all the wrong reasons if you don’t have your wits about you. I’ve reported a cluster of around 6 huge potholes in one road and, after two weeks, nobody from Staffordshire County Council has even bothered to go and look at it according to the update I got this morning. Lovely. I’ve got to get me a job on the council…

“Ooohhh, I’ll have to have another cup of tea before I set off and have a look at those craters in Dogshead Lane. I might just be able to fit in an inspection before lunch, then I might have another cup of tea before calling it a day. Too hot y’know..”

Enjoying the sun? Get yourself a battery powered scooter to go to work on

Anyways. The PR people behind these whizzy electric scooters mailed me. They wanted it pimping. You can get a selection of them in your local Currys. I couldn’t actually find this iconBIT Kick Scooter FF on the site, but if you have a look on the manufacturer website you’ll see that it’s £499, it’s made from aluminium, has a removable battery and is foldable.

It’s also got clever electronic braking which allows the battery to be recharged when you’re slowing down. There’s also a suspension system with front absorber and 6.5″ tyres. It’s powered by a 250W hub-motor with a 36V / 4.4Ah battery and you can even use it as a charger for your smartphone. It’ll do three different speed settings – either 8km/h (about 5mph), 16km/h (about 10mph) or 25km/h (about 15mph).

In all honesty I’d love to try one of these. I’m young, hip, cool and definitely don’t whinge about potholes when I’m supposed to be writing about a trendy electric scooter.

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AT&T Rejiggers Prepaid Plans and Discounts

AT&T today overhauled how it organizes its AT&T Prepaid service plans. Specifically, the company is now offering more data and higher discounts for multi-line accounts. First, the $50 plan now includes 8 GB of high-speed data. Second, the $85 unlimited plan improves the allotment of high-speed mobile hotspot data from 6 GB per month to 10 GB per month. Once these allotments are met or exceeded, data will be throttled down to 128Kbps for the remainder of the billing period. All video is streamed at standard definition, and AT&T may slow speeds when the network is congested. Third, AT&T is offering better per-line savings with family plans. Moving forward, the second and third lines added to a prepaid account will each enjoy a $10 discount, while the fourth and fifth lines added to a prepaid account will each enjoy a $20 discount. Customers have to enroll in Autopay in order to score these discounts and data deals. Last, AT&T Prepaid will allow customers to cater each line to family members’ individual needs, meaning everyone will have their own line, their own plan, and their own data all under one bill. The AT&T Prepaid rate plan changes go into effect April 20.

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