Samsung to Shutter Mobile Phone Plant in China

Samsung says it plans to stop making phones at its manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China. Samsung will close the factory entirely, laying off some 2,600 people by the end of the year. “As part of ongoing efforts to enhance efficiency in our production facilities, Samsung Electronics has arrived at the difficult decision to cease operations of Tianjin Samsung Electronics Telecommunication,” said Samsung in a statement. The Tianjin plant is responsible for making about 36 million phones per year. Samsung’s share of the Chinese market has sunk from 15% in 2013 to about 1% in 2018. Samsung’s high-priced Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones have found steep competition from lower-cost devices from Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi, Meizu, and Huawei. Samsung will keep its plant in Huizhou, which makes about 72 million phones per year, operational. Samsung insists that China “remains an important market” for the company.

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OnePlus 5/5T Score Android 9 Pie In Latest OxygenOS Beta

OnePlus today made Android 9 Pie available to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T through a new open beta of OxygenOS. The introduction of Pie gives the 5/5T a brand new user interface based more on swiping gestures. The beta includes Pie’s Do Not Disturb mode, which lets people be more proactive about silencing their phones. In addition to the core features of Pie, OnePlus improved the UI when calling 911 and when using speed dial, and made it possible to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group when using two SIM cards. The 5/5T gain support for more parallel apps, including Telegram, Discord, IMP, and Uber. OnePlus made a number of changes to the weather tool. For example, it now automatically displays the weather for the current location, offers more suggestions when performing place searches, and fixes bugs impacting the ability to properly locate certain cities and towns. Owners already taking advantage of the OnePlus open beta program will receive Android 9 Pie as an over-the-air download. Those not signed up will need to do so in order to gain access to the updated operating system. OnePlus says the OTA download will reach users in phases over the next few days.

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DoJ Investigating Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments

An investigation seeks to find the truth concerning millions of fake comments submitted to the FCC in 2017 as the agency sought the opinion’s public on net neutrality. The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation of the matter at the request of those whose names were used without permission. A subpoena from the DoJ “seeks all communications with the organization about comments it filed with the FCC regarding revision of Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The FCC was flooded with millions of comments during the open comment period. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai conceded earlier this year that as many as 500,000 comments filed with the FCC were linked to Russia. A separate study suggests that almost half of the 22 million comments were illegitimate. Many others repeated the same message in favor of repealing the laws. As little as 17% of the comments appear to be legitimate. The FBI is seeking documents from at least two organizations to ascertain if identity theft was involved.

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Huawei CFO Freed On $10M Bail, Must Remain in Canada

Canada has released Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO, after her lawyers convinced a judge to grant bail. Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. alleges Meng has defrauded multinational banks concerning equipment sales to Iran, in violation of U.S. sanctions. Meng had to pay $10 million, turn in her passport, and agree to wear an ankle monitor in order to secure bail. She is also confined to her home during the overnight hours. While on bail, a Canadian judge will review the U.S. case against Meng to determine if it is strong enough to warrant extradition. If the case passes this examination, Canada’s minister of justice would then have to agree with the extradition request before she could be handed to U.S. authorities. Meng is facing penalties of up to 30 years per charge. The arrest has further strained the tenuous relationship between China and the U.S. Later, President Trump said he might intervene in the case in order to ensure national security interests are upheld or to facilitate a trade agreement with China.

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Fancy a quick game of Pachinko?

Fancy a quick game of Pachinko?
Wait, what is pachinko ?

Yeah, not many people outside of Japan have heard about it. However, you probably will have heard about pinball, and this is a vertical version. In Japan there’s traditionally been mechanical and noisy machines which use balls which are smaller than Western pinball machines.

With Pachinko, there’s also a betting element as the balls become the bet and the prize. You basically sit in front of one of these, load the balls, then press a spring-loaded handle. This launches the ball onto a metal track which sends it around the edge of the game and then onto the main playing field. You then have to hope that the ball or balls end up in one of several cups. As the balls tumble around, they bounce off pins. If you get one in the cup, you win!

Since the original games they’ve enhanced things, with flippers on the cups and mechanical games making way for more intense electronic versions.

Fancy a quick game of Pachinko?

However, if you’re looking for the vintage experience, there’s a “Vintage Pachinko” app which will mix the traditional with the modern. It a fun simulation of the real, clanking, noisy original from the 1950’s and 60’s. It maintains the actual gravity and physics of the real thing and you can unlock further machines as you play.

There’s smart clear graphics and a nice soundtrack to go with it.

Fancy a quick game of Pachinko?

If you look around Google Play or the Apple App Store, you’ll find even more versions of this game, including ones where winning money isn’t the goal – instead you have to battle to reach the top of the leaderboard. There’s a stack of versions and variants out there, and they’re a great way for killing time as you wait for a bus or a train. Heck, even when you’re ON the bus or train.

In “Penguin Pachinko” you get to add your friends and play against them across the web, just to add an element of challenge. Mini games such as UFO Catcher bingo, Pinball, Bonus Jackpot game and Cannon game to let you win more balls so that you can progress on.

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OnePlus Drops the Checkered Flag On OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

OnePlus today announced the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, a special edition of the 6T developed in partnership with McLaren F1. Most of the core features of the phone are unchanged, but the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition boosts the RAM to 10 GB and introduces new Warp Charge 30, which will recharge the battery by 50% in just 20 minutes. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also includes custom animations, themes, wallpapers, and icons that aren’t available to other variants of the 6T. On the exterior, the McLaren Edition is detailed with an orange stripe and has a carbon fiber-like pattern under the glass on the rear panel. The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition will be available in North America, Europe, and India on December 13th starting at $699

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Google App for iOS Gains Google Lens Visual Search

Google recently updated the Google Search app for iOS devices and added the Google Lens visual search feature. The Google Lens icon now appears in the search bar. Pressing it turns on the camera, which can then be aimed at objects, text, plants/animals, books/media, and QR/barcodes. Objects and items that Google recognizes will generate results that are displayed on the screen. Google Lens is already part of Google Photos on iOS. This latest feature simplifies the process of searching based on images rather than words. The updated version of Google Search for iOS is rolling out to users now.

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Nissan want me to test drive their new GT-R

Nissan want me to test drive their new GT R
Yeah, so two phone calls this morning. One from Nissan wanting me to test-drive this thing, then another from Theresa May shouting, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO” whilst crying hysterically.

Then, after a lie down, I suddenly realised that I’d added Baileys to my coffee and none of the above had actually happened. However, I did find out that Nissan had actually contacted me, and it’s with news that there’s been a significant shift in the number of people opting for streamed and on-demand in-car entertainment.

Well now, we started fiddling around in this area back in 2011, hooking up a smartphone to the in-car radio to stream stations from all over the world. However, Nissan are now telling us that one in six people are listening to podcasts (such as the utterly amazing Coolsmartphone Podcast), playlists or streamed audio via connected mobile devices. That compares to one in 12 some five years ago.

Nissan want me to test drive their new GT R

CD’s, which are apparently used by “old people” according to my son (I know, I’ll have a word) are in sharp decline, from 27% of motorists to 11% in five years.

Nissan have sent a lovely press release below which will no doubt extol the virtues of their clever Bluetooth in-car entertainment systems, but to be honest I need to check these out with a proper test … perhaps in a Nissan GT-R…

Don’t forget, as I mentioned before, the Coolsmartphone Podcast is available to listen to right now and you can get it via your usual podcast place. Ignore the other podcasts from dying sites, eh?

Edit – OK, so Nissan would like me to point you to the Nissan Qashqai, which is the UK’s best-selling crossover. It now has an all-new infotainment system with significantly enhanced functionality. They’ve also stuffed Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into it to “further enhance the relationship between driver and vehicle”.

CarPlay killed the radio star? – Nissan finds in-car connectivity is changing the way drivers enjoy audio behind the wheel

Motorists listening to streamed and on-demand, in-car entertainment more than doubles in five years
Drivers listening to CDs or other physical formats of music declined by a half over same period
Ponz Pandikuthira, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan Europe: “In-car connectivity is one of the major transformational technologies of the automotive industry.”
Updated Nissan Qashqai now available with all-new infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
LONDON, UK (Under strict embargo until 00:01 GMT December 11, 2018) – Connectivity of cars and smartphones is having a significant impact on what we listen to behind the wheel, according to a new study by Nissan.

Motorists’ listening habits are shifting from broadcast radio and physical entertainment formats, such as CDs, to downloaded or streamed audio via connected mobile devices.

Compared to five years ago, before the launch of mainstream smartphone-mirroring systems like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the number of drivers that now mostly listen to on-demand entertainment via smartphones has more than doubled.

In a survey of 2,000 UK motorists, one in six (15.4%) said they prefer to listen to podcasts, audiobooks, downloaded playlists or streamed music direct from their smartphones. Five years ago, this was the case for just one in 12 drivers (8.0%).

Compact Discs have seen a steep decline in usage as a result. Just 11% of drivers still listen to ‘hard’ formats of audio, including CDs, compared to more than a quarter (27%) five years ago.

In spite of this buyer demand, less than half (46%) of respondents admitted they knew how to work all of their in-car entertainment technology. However, a third said they are glad they drive now compared to 30 years ago when in-car technology wasn’t so advanced.

The study also found 60% of drivers think driving is ‘more fun’ if they are able to listen to music or other forms of entertainment.

Ponz Pandikuthira, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan Europe, commented: “In-car connectivity is one of the major transformational technologies of the automotive industry, and a pillar of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for the future of motoring.

“Today, largely through smartphone connectivity, we have an infinite library of content at our fingertips. It’s perhaps no surprise that driver preferences are shifting towards on-demand and streamed services, rather than scheduled broadcasts or offline audio formats such as CD.”

For almost 100 years, the primary means of receiving broadcasted information into our vehicles has been through the radio antenna, or aerial. The first AM-receiving in-car radio system debuted in 1932, followed by a FM version in 1952. Entertainment via the air waves has also been accompanied over the decades by physical formats such as audio cassette and CD, but these are now fast-fading from daily usage.

Pandikuthira added; “Within the next decade, the integrated systems in our vehicles will be processing huge amounts of data. We’ll be streaming audio, navigational and visual information, entirely through cellular transmissions, with 4G and 5G connection speeds required to manage this data demand.

“As a result, by 2030, it’s entirely feasible that the car aerial may be another feature consigned to the automotive history books.”

Reflecting the rise in demand for in-car connectivity, a 2018 survey conducted in the USA found that 25% of car buyers would not consider a vehicle that couldn’t mirror their smartphone in some way.*

The latest version of the Nissan Qashqai, the UK’s best-selling crossover, is now available with an all-new infotainment system with significantly enhanced functionality. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also introduced on the model.

New NissanConnect further enhances the relationship between driver and vehicle. The benefit for customers is seamless and intuitive integration of their smartphone with the vehicle, plus the ability to download ‘Over The Air’ (OTA) map and software updates.

A 2017 survey by the mobile network Giffgaff found the average UK individual uses 1.75GB of mobile data each month – equivalent to 29 hours of podcasts or 11 hours of music. The study also predicted audio streaming would quadruple over the next five years as data consumption continues to gather pace.**

A 2018 Ofcom report also found the number of weekly podcast listeners in the UK has almost doubled in five years – from 3.2m (7% of adults aged 15+) in 2013 to 5.9m (11%) in 2018.***

To find out more about the Nissan Qashqai, visit; https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/qashqai.html

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Vodafone expanding coverage with manholes

Vodafone expanding coverage with manholes

If you’re looking to grow your mobile coverage you’d traditionally think of large mobile masts, right? We have a love / hate relationship with these things, and our mast finder article has been inundated with people trying to find out where their most local mast is. Sadly, there’s nothing now that forces a mobile network to reveal mast locations, and with so many hidden in street furniture and trees, you’d be hard pushed to find them all.

The thing is, we want a strong signal, but we don’t necessarily want to live near the things. There’s still a worry about the health impact, no matter what anyone says.

However, now you’re going to have even more places to look – Vodafone are sticking masts in manhole covers.

Vodafone expanding coverage with manholes

Yes, manhole covers. It might seem bizarre, and we usually think that masts have to be high up, but with this method Vodafone can easily hook mini-masts into their fibre network to enhance their 4G coverage and build their new 5G network too. The network will also use lamp-posts and phone boxes …

..increase the speed and extend the coverage of a mobile signal along busy roads, town squares and in shopping and entertainment areas.

As everything is below ground (including the fibre cabling obviously), there’s less digging and disruption. Plus it’ll mean that home broadband can be delivered to more areas. Currently Vodafone are testing these, with one being a purpose-built unit and one using an existing cast iron manhole cover. The coverage is said to be 200 metres. They’re looking to roll out 4G under both its own manhole covers, inherited as part of its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide in 2012, and those of utility providers across the UK.

Vodafone have already fitted small 4G antennas into traditional phone boxes in Edinburgh to increase the 4G signal at street level.

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