Sony Xperia XZ3 leaks early

With IFA just around the corner, one phone expected to grab a lot of attention is the flagship from Sony, the Xperia XZ3.

Following on from the XZ2 which launched at MWC this year, there have been lots of rumors what the latest model will bring to the table.

Thanks to accessory manufacturer Olixar, we now know for sure what it will look like.

Sony Xperia XZ3 leaks early

The main points from the design front seem to be no notch on the front, stepping away from an ever growing trend at the moment, plus the dual camera setup on the back.

We are expecting it to run a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a Quad HD display and super fast network support for high speed data.

On the camera side expect a 19 megapixel main shooter with a 12 megapixel monochrome to help with some creative under the hood technology for amazing photos.

Expect to see the Xperia XZ3 announced at IFA, and until then why not order some accessories to arrive just in time from Mobile Fun

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Rocketbook Wave – Review

Rocketbook Wave   Review

Note taking is dying art form with us now using digital forms of transcription for almost everything. I honestly cannot remember the last time I spent handwriting notes! It had been so long that I start to get a cramp in my wrist even after a short stint of writing! This quite a saddening state of affairs but you can see the reasons why it is no longer the preferred method of recording information.

Both I and my wife attended college, and after a year we had accumulated five plus full-size lever arch folders! These are now all being stored in the loft in case we ever want to refer back to them and they take up considerable space. It would be wonderful if we could easily move these to a digital cloud.

Rocketbook Wave   Review

This where the RocketBook Wave comes in. It is a normal notepad that allows you to write your notes out normally, then you send them to the cloud service of your choice. They are then saved digitally forevermore.

Details

I have the RocketBook Wave here in the standard size notebook, which is just slightly larger than A5 in paper formats.

Rocketbook Wave   Review

This is just the right size to be portable, and allow a decent amount of text on the page. The starter pack which I have got also comes with one of the special types of pen that you need to use.

Rocketbook Wave   Review

It is called FRIXION and is made by Pilot. This is the standard one, however, there is a whole range of them available, from fancy ones to more colourful ones on their website.

What makes these pens special is that they are eraseable via the little rubber at the end of the pen, very much like a normal pencil.

Rocketbook Wave   Review

However, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to RocketBook and erasability. So imagine if you will, you have been writing away for a few days perhaps your memoirs. You go to turn the page, only to find that the notebook is finished! Disaster.  You need to go out and buy another so you can try and keep your writing flow going.

Stop right there

This is where the RocketBook Wave comes into its element. All you need to do is open the apps and scan your pages, which will be seamlessly synced to the cloud so that they are safe for future reference. Then toss the whole book into the microwave for 3 minutes with a mug of water sitting on top of it, and voila, new notebook.

Sounds far-fetched I know, so here is a video showing just that.

As you can see in the video there, it all looks very swish, but how easy is it take your notes from the written page to the cloud of your choice? Well, in a word, simple. It is not easy to explain in the written word, ironically enough, so I have shot this small video for you to describe the process.

Petty sweet, I am sure you will agree.

I am using the RocketBook app on Android in the video, but it is also available for iOS as well.

Now I am sure a lot of you will be thinking ”well, why do I need this in my life?” I’ll be honest, I cannot give you an answer to that question. However, I can say that this has cut down on the amount of scrap paper I have lying around.

It has also been very useful whilst writing this review as I have been able to make quick notes whilst I am out and about, without having to pull out my phone. The fact that I can open up a saved note on my laptop, which I can then see in much more detail is also very useful.

I will be keeping this in my bag whilst I am on my travels for certain, as it is a useful addition to my mobile blogging kit. It is one that I have been surprised by, though as I am not much of a notebook user. The main reason for this is that I have terrible handwriting, as you can see in the below image!

Rocketbook Wave   Review

If you are interested in getting a RocketBook, then check them out at their website where you get started for £28.99 for the same starter kit that I have here. It may very well be the last notebook you ever buy!

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Huawei announce press event for IFA 2018

Huawei has formally set its plans for IFA 2018 into motion with the inviting of the press to their keynote on the 31st of August. The great news is that we will be there to see exactly what Richard Yu will have to share with us. In fact, I’ll be on site in Berlin for nearly the whole of IFA week!

While we do not expect the keynote to have any major phone announcements, (especially of the flagship variety) it will be full of new information about what Huawei has been up to.

Huawei announce press event for IFA 2018

Firstly they have been working on the new Kirin 980 processor, and this has already seen to be a very good performer on Antutu benchmarking.

Huawei announce press event for IFA 2018

Next up is what was actually mentioned in the invite. I have quoted a bit of it here for you to see.

In his keynote, Mr. Yu will share his vision for AI and the IoT future, as well as how the company is democratizing AI through mobile innovations.

So from this, we can deduce that we will be learning more about Huawei’s efforts in AI, and its ongoing development. On that note, I recently saw a use for this in the real world at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at all places!

It was in the Porsche stand, and they were using AI to help show off the internals of their newly announced Electric Car, the Porsche Taycan.

This was something that we had actually seen before at the launch event for the P20 series in Paris. Nonetheless, it was very nice to see it in the real world – even though they were using a Zenphone from Asus!

Huawei announce press event for IFA 2018

One thing I am not expecting to see whilst I am on the ground in Germany is the rumoured Huawei Mate 20. This is most likely to arrive at its own event in October or November, which is more in line with their normal launch windows.

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Anti-ZTE Clause Stricken from Defense Bill

Senators have overturned an agreement added to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that would have made it more difficult for President Trump to remove the ban instituted against ZTE. Earlier this year, the Commerce Department said ZTE lied about a previous settlement and banned the company from using American parts or software in its phonres for a period of seven years. The ban crippled ZTE, but was eventually overturned by the Trump administration. ZTE got back to business earlier this month. Seeking to block Trump from easing up on the ban, members of the Senate added language to the NDAA that sould have made it difficult for Trump to get around the ban. It didn’t work. Now that Trump the administration and Commerce Department have agreed to let ZTE return to business, members of the Senate have removed the anti-ZTE language from the NDAA. “By stripping the Senate’s tough ZTE sanctions provision from the defense bill, President Trump — and the congressional Republicans who acted at his behest — have once again made President Xi and the Chinese Government the big winners,” said Senator Chuck Schumer in a statement. The NDAA is vital legislation that must be passed every year in order to ensure the Department of Defense is funded.

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Review: Alcatel 1x with Android Go

The Alcatel 1x is among the first Android Go devices to reach the U.S. market. Android Go is a pared-down version of Android meant to run on entry-level hardware. The 1x is a low-cost phone that includes a 2:1 screen, 8-megapixel camera, MediaTek processor, and support for AT&T and T-Mobile. Find out of it’s worth a Franklin in Phone Scoop’s in-depth review.

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AT&T Names More 5G Markets and Expands LTE-LAA

AT&T today added Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. and Oklahoma City to its list of 5G launch markets. AT&T expects to kick off 5G service in more than 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 seven markets to parts of 15 markets. LTE-LAA can push speeds to theoretical a max of 1 Gbps. The new LTE-LAA markets are Austin, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, San Antonio, San Jose, Tampa, and Tuscaloosa, Ala. AT&T hopes to have LTE-LAA up and running in 24 markets by the end of the year. Last, AT&T says its baseline 5G Evolution technology is now live in more than 140 markets, and is on track to reach more than 400 markets this year. The company says its 5G Evolution technology — which is not 5G — can deliver theoretical speeds up to 400 Mbps to properly equipped phones.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft to Make It Easier to Port Data Between Services

Facebook and partners today announced the Data Transfer Project, an initiate with the goal of giving people more control over their data. The companies are working together to create an open source method that people can use to easily transfer their data from one service to another. For example, the tool would make it possible for a Google Photos uses to swap their image library to Microsoft OneDrive and any other provider. The Data Transfer Project hopes to do this in a way that is simple, secure, and supported by as many services as possible. While Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter are the first to lend support, the initiative is open to all companies. “If a user wants to switch to another product or service because they think it is better, they should be able to do so as easily as possible. This concept of allowing users to choose products and services based on choice, rather than being locked in, helps drive innovation and facilitates competition,” said the companies in their white paper. The participants admit it is early days for the project and they haven’t said when the DTP might be available to the public. Consumers often choose an ecosystem — Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, et al — when buying hardware. The DTP could make it simpler for people to change ecosystems when upgrading to new devices.

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Smash your phone up. Right now. Go on. Huawei want you to.

So, this is a bit mental, but believe me, it’ll be worth it. Today, in Soho, Huawei have setup a popup store. However, things are a bit .. different in this particular store. They’re offering the rather excellent Huawei P20 Pro. It’s the one we raved about in our recent review and you can get one.. but… you don’t need money.

Instead, Huawei want you to turn up, with your current precious and cherished smartphone, and smash the thing up. Yes. Smash it. Proper break the thing. To pieces.

Smash your phone up. Right now. Go on. Huawei want you to.

Mollie King takes a mallet to her existing smartphone.

In return, they’ll give you a brand new Huawei P20 Pro.

The Huawei ‘A Phone’ Destruction Booth will be open to the public today from 5PM until 10PM tonight and tomorrow during the day. You need to head to 19 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DT. It’s a first come first served basis for anyone willing to smash up their current phone (whilst stocks last) and there’s expected to be high demand, so you may have to queue. However, they’ll have technical experts to help you switch your personal data over to your new data and you could bag yourself nearly £800-worth of phone, just for wrecking your own.

Smash your phone up. Right now. Go on. Huawei want you to.

Yes, it’s a bit bonkers, but it sounds like fun. Head down there, let us know if you’re one of the lucky ones! 🙂

Smash your phone up. Right now. Go on. Huawei want you to.

Last night Huawei held “A Phone Party” where celebs came, smashed and went through a full phone “break up” with a selection of cricket bats and hammers. They also whacked phones with a frying pan and setup a “phone shy” where phones were knocked to the floor.

Smash your phone up. Right now. Go on. Huawei want you to.

Here’s a video showing the fun from the celeb party last night, so you know what to expect. 🙂 If you’re not lucky enough to get one, head to the Huawei website where you can buy or click through to your favourite network and get one on contract.

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Honor sees a massive 150% sales growth in the first half of 2018

Honor sees a massive 150% sales growth in the first half of 2018
Huawei have a bit of a problem, but it’s a nice problem. First, their Huawei phones are doing really rather well. Likewise, the Huawei sub-brand, Honor, is doing well too. The Honor 10 flagship phone sold three million units within the first three months of being on sale.

Today Honor have revealed that they achieved a 150% increase in sales year-on-year outside China. They aim to be among the top three mobile brands in the next five years.

In France, the Honor 10 was the second bestselling smartphone online. Owners can also benefit from further advancements and we really didn’t want to let go of the thing after our full Honor 10 review. If you want to buy one, it’s £399 to buy outright from the Honor website or your local Currys.

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Chipolo Reviewed – Find your stuff.

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

In the soft squishy bits of my brain – the bits that have been impacted by alcohol the most – I vaguely remember similar products in the past, but this Chipolo solution is stylish and just easy to setup.

Basically it’s a small “doo-hickey” which connects to your phone via low energy Bluetooth. The Chipolo can take a couple of forms, and that “doo-hickey” can be a keyfob or a card. For this review we’ve got the card, but the classic keyfob is still available and can also now be purchased in a funky fruit design. Head to their products page to have a look at the options.

So, let’s go into the idea behind this. What items do you tend to carry on a daily basis ? Y’know, when you’re out of the house? You’ve probably got your keys, your wallet and your phone. All important stuff and usually stuff that stays together. You’ll probably be fairly close to those things right now, but what happens if you lose one of those things?

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

Retracing your steps is always one option, but it’s a pain and you tend to get all stressed out whilst doing it. Here, you connect either the Chipolo Classic (which is the keyfob for your keys) or the Chipolo Card (which is for your wallet or purse and I have here). They hook onto your smartphone via a Chipolo app. The app makes it easy to pair the device and then track it. Now, it’ll track your wallet / purse / keys by maintaining that connection but, if you’re too far away and that Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) connection stops, it’ll remember where that connection dropped and it’ll mark it as the “last seen location”.

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

With the Chipolo Plus (which is the new version of the Chipolo Classic fob, but with a sounder) and the Chipolo Card you get the ability of ringing your Chiplo by simply clicking the appropriate button in the app. Then, a fairly noisy tone will be emitted from your Chiplo and you simply find it to locate your purse, wallet, keys, bag or whatever you’ve attached / slotted the Chipolo to.

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

So far, this is already very good, but it also works in reverse. If your phone has no signal and you’ve lost it, you can double press the button on the Chipolo to ring your phone. Again, you just follow the sound of your phone and you’ll easily find it.

In a moment I’ll be giving you a tour around this, but first, here’s the rather-more-glossy promotional video..

OK, so let’s imagine that you’ve lost your wallet / keys / purse and you can’t hear your Chipolo. The next step is to head to the map within the app and find the “last known location”. In here you’ll then need to travel back to the place on the map and you can hopefully find the thing.

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

If, however, you fail, you can become part of the Chipolo Community, and click “Mark as Lost”. When you do this, the Chipolo systems will anonymously inform all the other Chipolo users to be on the lookout in the area where you last had it. So, if you can’t find it, maybe someone else can.

The Chipolo can be shared and accessed on multiple devices, which means that others can help you find your stuff quicker. Not only that, but the Chiplo Card we have here will let you take a selfie photo when you press the button. Ideal for snapping those shots without needing a selfie stick.

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.
Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.
Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.
Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.
Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.
Chipolo Reviewed   Find your stuff.

Don’t forget, the Chipolo itself doesn’t have GPS in it or anything like that. It relies on the phone to do all the location tracking and that, let’s not lie, will have an impact on your phone battery life somewhat. However, recent alterations to the app have reduced this. Now, on the video above you may have noticed that the app didn’t initially know where the Chipolo was. I have found that, on a couple of occasions, it took a few seconds to sort-of “wake up” and get the Bluetooth connection again, but I’ve put this down to the polling etc, and it’s worked really well. You do have to ensure that your phone – especially if you’re using this on Android (it’s available for iOS too) doesn’t initiate any power management features that could turn Bluetooth off, otherwise you’re going to get duff info.

The Chipolo Card is small, perhaps only about two-thirds the size or a credit card, and slips inside your wallet easily. I was worried that the button on the front might suffer from accidental presses and I squashed it into my wallet, but I’ve had absolutely no issues.

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