Samsung Galaxy S10 TV Ad Airs Early, Confirming Details

A television ad for the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S10 has aired in Norway, and it confirms several of the key features of the device. The ad clearly shows an ultrasonic fingerprint reader, “hole-punch” display, three rear cameras, and reverse wireless charging that can charge new wireless earbuds.

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Qualcomm's Next 5G Modem Supports T-Mobile 5G

Qualcomm’s new X55 standalone modem chip supports 5G in all major frequency bands as well as FDD and TDD modes. Support for FDD makes it the first chip to support T-Mobile’s planned 5G network in the 600 MHz band. Qualcomm’s first 5G modem chip, the X50, only supported TDD in the 28 GHz mmWave band. The 5G version of the Snapdragon 855 SoC supports more 5G frequency bands, but only in TDD mode. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint all have TDD (unpaired) spectrum they will use for some or all of their initial 5G deployment. T-Mobile is focused on its existing FDD bands for 5G. The X55 also includes both 5G and 4G, and is the first chip to support Cat. 22 LTE, offering up to 2.5 Gbps speed. Furthermore, it supports dynamic spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G, for carriers planning to use existing cellular bands for both 4G and 5G simultaneously. The X55 also supports both SA (standalone) and NSA (non-standalone) 5G networks. The X55 can deliver speeds up to 7 Gbps down (and 3 Gbps up) on 5G networks. Qualcomm also introduced a new front-end 5G solution designed to work with the X55, providing the other components needed for 5G. These include a new mmWave antenna that supports band 258 (26 GHz), and is thinner than the current model, allowing 5G phones as thin as 8mm. The X55 and companion parts will appear in commercial devices by “late 2019”.

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Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.
Yes, it’s me again. Recently I wrote about the dangers of kids using smartphones. The truth is, if you let them have a smartphone, you’re opening them up to a host of dangers. There’s absolutely nothing you can do to protect them unless you sit next to them while they’re using it.

This morning is yet another example. This time from a friendly, fun-looking app called Hotel Hideaway. It has, like a lot of apps of this type, a chat feature so that you can meet and make new friends in a virtual reality world.

The game itself seems fairly clean and stylish. You can install it and then be transported into a hotel near a beach. The aim of the game appears is to be the most popular person in the hotel. Popularity and a big social media presence are things that will appeal to kids, and it seems to be getting some rave reviews too. All good so far.

You’ll need to make friends and influence people to succeed, setting trends and wearing stylish outfits and costumes. You can dance and walk around, finding new tricks and gifts. It all looks like a safe and innocent environment from the promotional image below..

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

However, it has a much darker element. The developers, Sulake Corporation, have seemingly done nothing to protect users.

The app is rated in Google Play as a 16 but, as with 18-rated console games, a lot of parents would wave this game through because…

1 – It looks friendly and fun
2 – The “everyone at school has it” argument
3 – It’s “only” a 16-rated game, not 18.

The peer-pressure element is usually why you’ll find 7,8,9 or 10-year-old children playing 18-rated shoot-em-ups on PS4’s and XBox consoles.

But, as you’ll see above, there’s a heavy chat element to this. There’s a brief mention of “bad language” in the Google Play rating, and this appears to be due to fact that the developers have done absolutely nothing to block bad language. When you login there’s no prompts asking for your age, no account setup, no checks whatsoever. It just lets you in and you’re open to thousands of people talking to you. This is an app that has been downloaded over half a million times on Android alone.

But hey, it’s not just kids that chat, because this video recently appeared on Facebook showing the risks of this app. It’s from a guy called Simon Rankin, and he does go into detail about some of the comments that have been made in a private chat to his daughter. Some discretion is advised here, but it shows just what can be seen by your kids all too easily..

This is terrible. Utterly terrible. This is a playground for peodophiles.

Now, because that video was from Facebook (and I never trust what’s on Facebook), I thought I’d do my own test, so I downloaded the app.

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

When you first start it the app will ask for camera and photo access – this is really concerning straight away.

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

Then it’ll ask for your name – I entered “Milly” and, within seconds, I was being subjected to this…

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming. Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

These were literally the first screens I looked at. They came up immediately. This is the sort of chatter your children will see straight from the word go.

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

As friends connect, you can open up private chats. Again, no checks. Sure, there’s one message saying that Hideaway “Doesn’t support hate speech and overly sexual language in public chat” and the developers have added “Please note that Hotel Hideaway is for ages 17+” on the app description, but sexual language still appears and the private chats seem to have no restrictions at all.

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

It’s yet another app which is totally open to abuse.

Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming. Hotel Hideaway. Another home for online grooming.

This is just one app of many. There’s more out there and, if you have no age restriction settings on your child’s phone and no password pop-up for installing apps, they can install this right now. No content filter, no firewall will protect you from this. You have to be aware what your child is installing. You have to discuss the dangers of smartphones and be open with them. Age restrictions, even if you are strict, don’t always work.

This app will easily allow people to talk to your child. They can groom your child, they can talk sexually to your child. They can do what they want.

Be wary. Be careful. Protect your kids.

And remember. It’s not just this app. There’s many, many more like this.

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What is it that makes gambling such a lucrative business?

What is it that makes gambling such a lucrative business?
The rise and rise of gambling apps and gambling features in the Android Google Play of iPhone iTunes store got me thinking. There’s so many of them, and you have to ask yourself, “How are all these apps paying for themselves?”

After all, there’s usually no in-app adverts on these types of apps and yet, despite the immense competition, there’s more and more popping up on a daily basis.

This the first online bet in 1996, online sports betting and online gambling has never looked back. It’s now a business that continues to grow each year. The leap to mobile phones became an inevitable step for the industry, especially with more than half of the world’s population owning a mobile phone and most consumers spending more than five hours a day on their smartphones.

What is it that makes gambling such a lucrative business?

Mobile gambling skyrocketed to fame in 2011 when Apple started accepting gambling apps on the Apple Store for iPhones and iPads. In 2017, Google Play followed suit by starting an approval process for gambling apps on the Play Store. This really lifted the popularity and the acceptance of these apps.

Now at least 50% of online gambling websites are already mobile-friendly and offer access to almost every game you want to play, whether you’re browsing using a tablet or smartphone. But why exactly is mobile gambling such a lucrative business?

Whether you’re stuck in traffic, waiting for a delayed flight or just simply bored at home, it’s extremely easy to get into these mobile casinos from your smartphone. Instead of just staring blankly at the walls, people are filling the time with colourful games.

What is it that makes gambling such a lucrative business?

Add to that the fact that the line between games and gambling is blurring somewhat. My wife plays a highly addictive “bubble popping” game which is very close to what the gambling apps provide, so it’s hard sometimes to see much of a difference between an addictive game and a gambling app. As an example of this – only one of the images on this page is from an actual gambling app. The others are from standard games.

In the “old days” you’d have to visit a bookmaker in the high street, or you’d have to drive to a casino. There was a fairly big effort involved and you’d have to plan it all in advance. Now, though, it’s just a matter of reaching into your pocket. You get a very similar experience – even live dealers via a video feed – and you get that instant response. No need to queue to put on a cheeky bet for the Chelsea match. No need to catch a bus and take some money out. Now it’s just a quick 5 second press on your phone and you’re done. It’s that convenience and that instant response that really pushes the popularity up.

What is it that makes gambling such a lucrative business?

Add to that the fact that, because the industry is so competitive, there’s always bonuses, perks and sign-up rewards for potential new customers. If you sign up for their mobile games or for a new account, they’ll either give you free money or match your stake. It’s all to attract you in – to pull you into the gaming experience.

With 50% of casino players and 72% of online sports betting users using mobile books and apps, it’s no surprise that mobile gambling is growing immensely every day. New developments such as mobile play, virtual reality gambling and live dealer games also make the industry more lucrative to gamblers from every part of the world. And with mobile phone users projected to surpass the five billion mark this year and more legislation being passed to legalise online gambling in many countries, these numbers will definitely keep on increasing.

What is it that makes gambling such a lucrative business?

 

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BenQ GV1 Portable Projector shows just how good these things can be

BenQ GV1 Portable Projector shows just how good these things can be
LED lights have really come along in the last few years. That big hefty project you might still have in your office, which gets hot and uses big, expensive bulbs, has now been outclassed by smaller LED-powered units.

This one, from BenQ, pumps out a 480p 854 x 480 pixels image of around 100 inches onto a wall of any flat surface. It can connect to your phone, acts as a Bluetooth speaker and has dual-band WiFi plus 3 hours of battery so you can watch an entire movie. It’s easy to setup, comes with a USB-C port and weighs just 708 grams – about the weight of a water bottle.

It’s got a hinge to allow you to easily tilt it to the correct angle and streams videos, games or music from a laptop, a PC or a phone.

Steve Chu, President of BenQ Europe, tells us..

The GV1 is an entertainment powerhouse packed into the size of a large cup of coffee. Without cables or even Wi-Fi, it instantly streams supersized audio-visual content anywhere, opening a new world of multi-entertainment possibilities for diverse lifestyles.

BenQ GV1 Portable Projector shows just how good these things can be

The projected image has automatic keystone correction for a clear picture and quick setup. It costs £329 from the BenQ website. The USB-C port allows media transfer over USB plus DisplayPort capability. It’ll also read media devices directly plugged into the USB-C port.

BenQ GV1 Portable Projector shows just how good these things can be

BenQ GV1 Portable Projector shows just how good these things can be

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Manchester becomes the UK’s first 5G-connected airport

Manchester becomes the UKs first 5G connected airport

If you’re heading to Manchester Airport soon, check out the new Vodafone 5G trial area. You can test the new lightning speeds by grabbing a film or TV box set using the 5G technology. Further locations are coming soon, but if you’re at the airport you can now experience speeds which are up to four times quicker than 4G. Vodafone have erected new 5G masts around he airport and, although you might not have a 5G device in your hand right now, you can test out the 5G speeds.

Manchester becomes the UKs first 5G connected airport

A special 5G “blast pod” is nowin place at Terminal One and there’s free Entertainment Passes being given out to lucky visitors so that you can stream on NOW TV. The speed headlines include an entire episode of Tin Star in 45, or the entire series in just over 6 minutes.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, tells us..

We are delighted to support Vodafone’s 5G trial at Manchester Airport. As we progress with the design and delivery of our £1bn transformation programme, we are constantly exploring how new innovations and technology can be applied to improve the airport experience. As a business with a strong presence in our surrounding community, Vodafone was a natural partner for a trial project like this and we look forward to collaborating with them again in the future.

Snow Hill railway station in Birmingham is coming next, so do try and give it a test if you’re in the area. Vodafone is using their Gigacube device, which is effectively a portable 5G router.

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OPPO UK Launch. RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro now available.

OPPO UK Launch. RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro now available.

Just recently OPPO, a brand you may already be aware of, launched here in the UK. They’ve been around since 2001 and became the top smartphone manufacturer in China in 2016. Now, in terms of market share across the world, they are the 5th biggest and sit behind Samsung, Huawei, Apple and Xiaomi.

Even if you’ve not heard of them, the fact that they sold 29.9 million smartphones in the last quarter speaks volumes.

We’ve covered the company many times, most recently in June last year when the Find X handset appeared without a bezel or a notch. Instead it housed the camera in a retractable panel which popped out from behind the screen.

OPPO UK Launch. RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro now available.

Other OPPO handsets include the R17 Pro, which has just been shunted aside by the RX17 Pro – a handset with powerful night shot settings thanks to the F1.5/F2.4 smart aperture cameras and OIS optical stabilization. An AI engine is also on-board, and Vodafone is rumoured to be one of the first networks to be offering OPPO in the UK.

The RX17 Pro has 128GB of on-board storage, 2 1850mAh batteries and either 6GB or 8GB of memory depending on the version. You also get a 6.4″ AMOLED screen which is 2340 x 1080.

OPPO UK Launch. RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro now available.

Around back, a 12 megapixel and 20 megapixel dual camera setup, whilst up front you get a 25 megapixel selfie shooter. All the usual GPS, 4G, dual-band WiFi, NFC, compass and sensors are on board. It also has a dewdrop notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The RX17 Pro is £549 from their website or from Carphone Warehouse and Currys.

OPPO UK Launch. RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro now available.

OPPO also have the RX17 Neo, which appears to have a bit less memory (4GB) and slightly different rear cameras (16 megapixel and 2 megapixel). It doesn’t do NFC, so no contactless payments. This is available right now for £319 from the same places as the Pro.

OPPO UK Launch. RX17 Neo and RX17 Pro now available.

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It’s 10AM on Sunday and I have no bacon. A quick Sunday ramble.

So, a few things have happened so far today. First, I kinda realised that, for the first time in a decade, I won’t be able to make it to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Gutted isn’t the word. In years gone by I’ve asked you guys for donations, or I’ve funded the trip myself. However, the sheer cost of the flight and the hotel is just too much this time.

Luckily our main man Garry will be there. I sadly won’t be. Bit of a kicker that, but we’ll be bringing you all the news about the very latest releases live from Barcelona all the same.

Its 10AM on Sunday and I have no bacon. A quick Sunday ramble.

Next, I should tell you about this microSD deal. It’s a 64GB Samsung-branded EVO Plus card with an adapter. It’s down to just £9.99, and that’s delivered to your door. Boom. Good deal that. You’ll have loads of space.

Its 10AM on Sunday and I have no bacon. A quick Sunday ramble.

Last, but not least, it’s now 10AM and I’m riding roughshod on that dangerous line between breakfast and lunch. Is it too late to get bacon now? Because I don’t appear to have any in the fridge and I’m trying to decide whether it’s acceptable to head to the shop. Is it? Is it OK?

Hmmm.. decisions, decisions..

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Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro – Comparison video

Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro   Comparison video
Just recently I added a story which compared the Mi 8 Pro with the Mi 8. The latter is now £459 on Mi.com (it was a bit cheaper earlier in the week), which compares to £499 for the Mi 8 Pro.

Now, I should have included this video in the earlier comparison piece but hey, I completely forgot. So, here in a video, filmed in my car as per usual, is a comparison between the Mi 8 Pro and the Mi 8. For my money, they’re both very good indeed and well worth a look.

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Curve adds purchase protection. Free £5 still available.

Curve adds purchase protection. Free £5 still available.I’m a big fan of my Curve card. It looks like any other contactless card, but it operates in a super-cool way. First, you download the app. Then, you choose a card. The standard one is completely free but you can go for their new metal card to get a stack of added benefits like travel insurance, fee-free foreign exchange, up to £600 free foreign cash withdrawals and – something we all like – gadget insurance.

Second, you add your existing bank, credit or company credit cards onto the app. Just snap a picture, add the relevant details and it’ll store each card in the app. You then just switch to whichever card you want to pay with and simply use the Curve card to make the transaction.

Curve adds purchase protection. Free £5 still available.

What’s really made it beneficial for me is the way that I can track company spending and put in claims. It’s all logged in the app. I can pull up at the petrol station, switch to the credit card, pay for fuel, then head to the local Asda to get some flowers and switch to my personal account. All with one card – you can stuff it into your phone case and simply tap. No need for a wallet.

The free card, which I used, has other benefits too, including up to £500 of fee-free foreign spending, up to £200 of free foreign cash withdrawals and 1% cashback on selected retailers. Oh, and to get you started they’ll give you £5 completely free, which … really, that’s brilliant.

Curve adds purchase protection. Free £5 still available.

They’ve just announced Curve Purchase Protection too, which adds an extra layer of protection on top of the existing card protection you may already have. It protects you for a wide range of goods and services purchased on the Curve card. If you don’t get the goods or services, or you received them damaged, or you don’t get a refund you were promised, Curve can help you get that money back.

You can get more information on that right here, but here’s a demo on how it works, but do take a look at my previous story for more info..

Here’s a slightly more polished and professional version 😉

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