Get the iPhone XR today on Three

Get the iPhone XR today on Three
Hey Apple, I’m all confused. We pronounced the iPhone X as the “iPhone Ten”, right? So what do we call this one? The “iPhone 10 R?”

I call it the “XR”.

Anyhow, if you want one of these and you’ve read our earlier story from the launch you’ll be happy to know that you can get one from Three. They’ve started pre-orders today and you’ll start seeing it in stores one week today – on Friday, October 26.

The deal we’ve spotted with Three is the iPhone XR 128GB on a 24-month contract for £55 per month. That gets you all you can eat (AYCE) data, minutes and texts. You’ll need to pay £99 upfront but you get all the Three extras including Go Roam (using your new XR at no extra cost in 71 destinations), Go Binge (stream without data usage) and Wuntu for treats.

Three will be stocking the black and blue models in 256GB and all colours in the 128GB.

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A week with the Honor 8X. Day 4 – The GUI

A week with the Honor 8X. Day 4 – The GUI
I had a think about this bit. I figured I could put a huge stack of images in and maybe write a load of text about how it all works… or, I could just do a video. It’s what the kids are doing now isn’t it eh? Perhaps one day I’ll be a YouTube millionaire if I’m lucky.

So here’s your quick fix – a tour around the GUI of the Honor 8X, including all the granular settings, the gallery and the AI mode plus all the apps and games that are pre-installed here on the Honor 8X.

For those who want a bit more to actually read, what I can tell you is that I’m very impressed with the responsiveness and speed of this. It is, after all, powered by an octa-core (4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and has a very respectable 4GB of RAM. The thing positively chugs along, and let’s not forget that it’s just £229.99. That’s a fantastic price for the design, the build quality, the specs and the capabilities you have in here. Sure, if I wanted to be really picky I’d point out that the screen could be a little better, it could have a slightly better camera and it uses a microUSB instead of a USB-C but… but…..

IS THAT ALL I’VE GOT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT?!

It’s £229.99. Should I really go out and spend a massive £739 for a Samsung Galaxy S9 instead ? Just to get a higher resolution screen, a slightly better camera and a USB-C port? No, no I should not my friend.

A week with the Honor 8X. Day 4 – The GUI

So inside you should expect adjustable screen resolution (which lowers depending on battery life if you want), a fully themed interface, eye comfort, the “notch / no notch” option, a layout switcher, the funky single-key navigation system (honest, give it a try, it’s cool), the stereo-sound “Party Mode”, Huawei Health (to keep you fit – check the Fitness Band review I did which integrates well with this), plus much more besides.

A week with the Honor 8X. Day 4 – The GUI

Honor have added a stack of games to get you started plus there’s a Phone Manager to keep your phone running as well as it was when you first took it out of the box. It’ll also monitor for naughty spam callers. It’s all very smooth and stops short of being “in your face”, despite the constant mentions of EMUI on the website. Plus, from what I can gather, it seems to actually obey you when you tell it not to do any power management on applications.

A week with the Honor 8X. Day 4 – The GUI

The only minor comment I would make about the GUI is the fact that you have to have a Huawei ID if you want make use of features like HiCare, Health, the AppGallery (to be honest I’d uninstall this, it’s really not needed and you should probably just stick with Google Play) and Themes. It’s not all the fault of Huawei / Honor – after all, other manufacturers have their own ecosystems that they try and foist on us, but it’s a bit of a pain to have another login credential to remember.

Check back for Day 5, coming soon!

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A third of Brits are “data illiterate”

A third of Brits are data illiterate
Are you data illiterate? Well, a new report shows that not properly using your data allowance can cost up to £300 every year. It’s no doubt because we generally like to over-estimate how much data we think we’ll need. That way, we’ll have too much rather than not enough.

However, if you’re doing this regularly and you’re never using that extra data you’ve paid for then, well, it’s going to cost you money in the long-run.

This has led to the new SMARTY network jumping in to tell us about their more simple plans, which give you money off your next monthly plan for data you don’t used. They’ve also pointed out a survey which shows just how confused people are about the data packages on their phones.

The report shows that a massive 88% of people were completely unaware that daily Netflix binges would eat into their data allowance, and 1 in 3 people survey didn’t know the diffence between KB, MB or GB. It seems that people are confused about how video content shows up on their phone and exactly where data is being consumed from, so sometimes just take a guess at how much data they think they’ll need.

A third of Brits are data illiterate

The report also revealed that 14% tried to save on data use by deleting unwanted photos and a massive 38% thought that closing unused apps would stop data being used.

SMARTY runs on the Three network and offers three simple packages with unlimited texts and calls on all three. You can choose the “Small” package for £7.50 per month to get 2GB of data, the “Medium” one for £10 p/m to get 4GB or the “Large” package for £15 to receive 8GB monthly. At the end of the month, they’ll give you money off data you haven’t used, right down to the MB.

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SpyTrack Nano – Review

SpyTrack Nano   Review

I’m not really a fan of naming these things with words like “spy” in the title. To be honest it takes away from the cool and less creepy things that you can do with the device.

This is a very clever GPS tracker. Small, simple to use and it’ll report it’s position to your phone in seconds. The device is just £49.99 from ReWire Security. As you can see, there’s not a great deal to it. This is less than 4cm thick, a little over 2cm wide and almost 7cm tall. Inside is a 1,300mAh battery and it’s got really good sensitivity – between 1-2 metres via the GPS and GLONASS connections.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Weighing in at 60 g it’s really not that noticeable if you put it in a bag or pocket, and inside a SIM card will communicate back with the app on your phone. Battery life is around 10 days if you set it to 30 second updates. That’s very good.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Now, as is usual with these things, you can’t just pay a one-off fee. You need the clever gadget to talk to you, and it does that by sending data via a mobile SIM. That has to be paid for, and you can either subscribe to a £10 monthly tariff or pay up-front for multiple months and save yourself some money. It’s £25 for 3 months, £45 for 6 months and £85 for the year. For that there’s no restriction on how many position updates you can ask for – it’s all in. They cover 100 countries and you can receive unlimited push notifications, quick and regular updates plus unlimited tracking to your app.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

I’m going to come back to my original comment about perhaps not liking the “spy” connotations. At the end of the day, you can throw this in your child’s school bag and have the peace of mind that they’re home safe, or they’ve got to school / college safe.

When they’re older and have their first car, you can perhaps hide it in the boot somewhere and then you’ll know that they’re not gunning it up the motorway at crazy speeds – there’s a speeding alarm to let you know that. I wouldn’t call that “spying”, it’s knowing that your loved ones are safe and not being careless.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Give it to an elderly relative, to someone you care for or worry about and you’ll know that they’re OK. However, let’s also not hide from the fact that you can easily put this into a car, bag, backpack, handbag or coat and track someone without their knowledge too.

Here’s my video review …

The device itself doesn’t have a great deal for you to worry about. In fact, I didn’t get any instructions in the box (typically review units tend to lose the instructions) so I just powered the thing on and that seemed to be all I needed to do. It’s charged via a miniUSB cable and there’s flaps over the relevant ports to protect it from the wet.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

The app is really good, believe me, but SpyTrack have put a swishy intro video on which plays when you load the app and it can get a little grating. Sometimes when you just background the app it’ll pop up before you go back into the app, and it was a bit of a pain. The app, and the website if you log in there, will let you set “geo-fence” zones. These are areas which you’d perhaps class as “safe”. When the tracker goes out of these areas you’ll get a notification on your phone or you can check later.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

The app will let you see where the tracker is but, even if you set the updates to be quite far apart, you get a map containing very granular historical data. The device records position regularly and – as you saw in the video – you can adjust the this and get lovely detailed information and you can see which roads a car has driven down etc etc. Good that.

Now of course, I should have covered this bit right at the start of the review. Setting up the thing. It’s all very simple. You basically grab the app then scan the IMEI off the back of the SpyTrack Nano or the box itself. It’ll then go through the setup process but it’s all very simple indeed.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Here’s where you tweak the tracking frequency and it can down down as low as every 15 seconds. You can also turn off the LED lights that flash on the front of the device – good for hiding the fact that the device is there at all. You can also deactivate the power button and the flashing heartbeat LED light too.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Meanwhile, in the settings, you can adjust the way that the app works – you can turn off the instant notifications that’ll pop up to let you know what’s happening and you can show the geo-fencing zones too. You set these up via the website and, once setup, you get notified if the person or vehicle that has the SpyTrack Nano goes in or out of that zone. On the website you can setup a stack more alerts too. We’ll get to that in a minute.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Here’s some of the historical information – it’s basically telling you here that the device was off, then it was powered on and began charging – all whilst it wasn’t moving.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Here’s some of the alerts you can set. There’s a stack more on the website but you can flick these on or off easily. Dead simple this. Straightforward.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

SpyTrack Nano   Review

Here’s the main map. You can switch the background as you saw in the video. The simple map here works better for quick updates and you can use Google Maps to find your way from wherever you and your phone is to the SpyTrack Nano is. The screen below hows you where you are and where the clever tracker is.

SpyTrack Nano   Review

There’s also a website where you get to login to a portal with your RealWire credentials. It’s here that you setup the geo-fencing and you can have more control over the alerts. You also get reports and you can label up each tracker for easier identification..

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Overall, for £49.99, and then a very reasonable monthly charge (£10 for one month, £25 for three months, £45 for six months or £85 for a year), it’s really very easy to use, to setup and use. I especially liked the battery life, which was between a week an ten days, and that fact that it was much better than giving my son a phone so that I know where he is. Let’s face it, buying kids a smartphone just so you know where they are is one way of doing it, but it also means that you’re giving them a device which will access the internet. It’s expensive and it means that they’re carrying around probably a very expensive phone too. Here, it’s a little black box that you can literally just plonk into their pocket and see where they are and whether they’re safe. It’s a great little gadget and cheaper than a smartphone.

Head to the SpyTrack website to get yours.

 

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Google Tweaks Dev Tools for Smaller App Downloads, Longer Trials

Google today updated its Play Store developer tools, giving app writers more latitude to build and test their apps. To start, the Android App Bundle should allow for downloads that are 8% smaller, and on-device packages that are 16% smaller. Google says it should be easier for developers to jump to Android Studio 3.2 (stable) for creating bundles, which now support larger app sizes. Developers can create apps up to 500 MB in size without needing expansion files. Google is taking another run at instant apps. The company increased the size limit of instant apps — which are apps that run even when not installed on a device — to 10 MB. This gives developers freedom to offer more of their app instantly. Further, Google has dropped the requirement that instant apps include a published app bundle. The new Android Studio 3.3 (beta) makes it possible for developers to create a range of app bundles and instant apps. Google says Google Play Instant is now available to premium titles, and as pre-registration campaigns so people can test-drive the games before release. Other changes include tools for retaining subscribers, more flexible subscription pricing, better metrics, and simpler app updates. Google says these tools will roll out piecemeal to developers over the next few months.

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YouTube Connects the Dots Between Artists and Fans with Eventbrite Integration

Google’s YouTube today announced a new partnership with Eventbrite that’s meant to help people find concert tickets. As people watch music videos or performances on artists’ official YouTube channels, they’ll see Eventbrite listings for live music performances throughout the U.S. below the video. Fans who tap the new “tickets” button in the app will be taken to show listings where they can purchase tickets. Google says this partnership doesn’t cover all artists, nor all event venues, though it hopes to add more over time.

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Google Maps Weaves In Better ETA Sharing

Google has made it easier for people to share their estimated time of arrival with others. Moving forward, people can tap the ^ button in Maps to begin sharing their trip progress, which can include their live location, route, and ETA. The update allows live ETA info to be pushed via Gmail, SMS, and third-party apps, such as Facebook Messenger, Line, and WhatsApp. Once the journey is complete, the user automatically stops sharing their location. Further, people can now share live driving, bicycling, and walking journeys. This new tool is in the latest version of Google Maps for Android and iOS.

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Sony Lays Out Schedule for Android 9 Pie Updates

Sony today made it clear which phones will receive Android 9 Pie and when they’ll receive it. The update has already reached the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and Pie ships on the new XZ3. Sony says Android 9 Pie will be available to the XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact starting October 26. The XZ2 Premium should get Pie November 7. These will be followed by the XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus on or about March 4. Android 9 Pie includes features such as Adaptive Battery, a new Ambient Display, and Digital Wellbeing for controlling phone use.

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Spotify Premium Gains A More Personal Touch

Spotify is giving its paying subscribers a better app. The company has released an updated version of its mobile application for Android and iOS with streamlined navigation meant to help people find music faster. The app provides more recommendations on the home screen, adds more results to search, and surfaces favorites in users’ libraries. Spotify says the search page has been overhauled with better browsing, calling out top genres, artists, albums, and podcasts. Last, the app adopts a tool called Endless Artist Radio, allowing people to search for a musician or song and then listen to an endless playlist of music by that artist. Spotify says these endless playlists are updated regularly and are downloadable for offline listening. Spotify Premium requires a $10-per-month subscription.

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Virgin Mobile are dishing up 100GB monthly for just £20

Virgin Mobile are dishing up 100GB monthly for just £20
Operating across the 4G EE network, Virgin Mobile have some rather good SIM-only deals right now. One in particular has stuck out on our screens – a massive 100GB of monthly data plus 5,000 minutes and unlimited texts. This is down to £20 from the previous £30 per month charge.

The offer is on until October 31st, so you have to be a big sharpish on this one. It’s a 12 month contract.

They also have double and triple data deals on at the moment, so if you’re looking for a SIM-only deal, head over to their SIM-only pages.

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