Google Pixel 3 is Half-Off, Today Only, with Google Fi

Google Fi is running a one-day sale today on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, offering both phones for half price. The offer is open until midnight PT tonight, and requires that the phone be activated on Google Fi within 30 days of shipping.

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Samsung Delays Galaxy Fold Launch

Samsung is delaying the debut of its Galaxy Fold smartphone until at least next month, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The folding-screen phone was set to go on sale this Friday, April 26th.

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EMUI 9.1 coming to stacks of older Honor and Huawei kit

Based on Android Pie, EMUI 9.1 is the latest iteration of the Huawei / Honor skin. The newest version brings the incoming call videos we mentioned just the other day, plus improvements to GPU Turbo mode, voice assistants triggering via the power button and much more.

EMUI 9.1 coming to stacks of older Honor and Huawei kit

The latest EMUI 9.1 appeared on the Huawei P30 Pro, but via this Weibo post it’s now clear that the update will be appearing on a huge amount of current and previous devices. The Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro are running 9.1, as are the Huawei Mate 20 X and Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design, but the following other handsets are in testing…

Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
Huawei Mate 9
Huawei Mate 9 Pro
Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P10
Huawei P10 Plus
Huawei Nova 4
Huawei Nova 3
Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 2S
Honor Play
Honor 10
Honor Play 8A
Honor View 10
Honor View 10 Lite
Honor Note 10
Honor 9
Honor V9
Honor 8X

If you’ve got the Honor 9 Lite, the Honor 8X Max, the Honor 7X or the MediaPad then this is planned for a future upgrade. Get the full list here. As usual, if you’ve got your Huawei or Honor through a network, you may have to wait a little, but it’s good to see so many phones being brought up to the latest Android / EMUI 9.1.

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iOS 12: Full preview and insight into key features

My son now has an iPhone and just recently I noticed that it hadn’t been fully updated. Usually I’m the one in the family who has a weird need to ensure that all the apps are updated on my phone and that the OS is the very latest and most stable version. So, if you still haven’t tested iOS 12 or updated to it, here’s a quick insight into it and the features it brings.

You can also read my earlier piece about how my iPad keeps crashing.

With every release of a new iOS, Apple tends to add in some fun tools and features to make your phone or iPad feel newer and fresher. Here we’re going to take a look at some of the additions that have been deployed in the very latest version, iOS 12.

iOS 12: Full preview and insight into key features

  • Privacy


WIth every website and social media company wanting a slice of your life, it’s good to see that privacy is high on the agenda. In the new OS, Safari has been improved to prevent any tracking of your data and activities that you don’t allow. It also won’t let third parties gather data about your device. This means that you get a more secure browsing experience.


  • More speed


The company promises that the camera will launch 70% faster, while the keyboard will start 50% more quickly. There’s a definite emphasis on performance in this update, with iOS getting overhauled so that even older devices like the iPhone 5s feel all brand new again. There’s smoother animations, a 40% faster app launch and better multitasking.


  • Shortcuts


We all love Apple’s shortcuts for making our everyday operations almost effortless. In the new OS, you get even more opportunities to customize your shortcuts. You can now also access them from your Lock screen, which means that you can streamline and speed up tasks even more than before.


  • FaceTime


If you are an active user of this application, you’ll be happy to learn that it now allows group conversations with up to 32 participants! This is something we all have been waiting for, but whether you can actually hold a manageable conversation with that many people remains to be seen.


  • Upgraded Photo Search


The latest iOS makes photo search much smarter and convenient. Now, the app will give you suggestions to help find the file you’re looking for. Like Google predictive search, it’ll start locating items as you type, with the system offering a look at the photos from the recent places and events.


  • Animoji


We all loved how those fun Animojis can be used in a conversation and in iOS 12, Apple has now added four more – T-rex, Koala, Ghost, and Tiger.


  • Memoji


Did you enjoy Animojis presented with the previous iOS? Then we bet you will also like Memojis! This brand new feature allows users to create Memojis of yourself to match your mood and personality and use them the same way as Animojis.


  • New Way Of Sharing Your Photos


In the Photo app, you can find a tab called “For You”. Inside it, you can find some moments stored in your camera roll. In iOS 12, this tab just got smarter – now it recognizes the people captured on those photos and offers you to share files with them.


  • Screen Time


Initially, this feature was meant for parents who want to control the time their kids spend on the phone. However, it’s also extremely useful for other individuals too. It provides you with detailed statistics on what you do with your iPhone, so it is an excellent tool for keeping track of how you spend your time. Activity reports show notifications, device pickups and app usage on a daily or weekly chart and you can see how much time has been spent on specific sites and apps.


  • Do Not Disturb


In iOS 12, you’ll see many new opportunities for managing notifications, and this is one of them. This feature will help you block notifications from all or specific applications for some time, for example, when you are at work, on a meeting, etc.


  • Better Control Over Your Notifications


Finally, Apple started grouping notifications! Also, the company also added a few handy controls that allow you to reduce distractions throughout the day and manage your notifications smarter.

So give it a try and download the latest iOS 12 if you haven’t already. From my experience it’s definitely a pretty major upgrade and will give your device a new lease of life.


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Sonim XP3 Launches on AT&T and FirstNet

The Sonim XP3 rugged flip phone is now available on AT&T. The phone supports band 14 and FirstNet, the dedicated part of AT&T’s network that gives priority to first responders. It’s the first clamshell-style phone available for FirstNet. The XP3 launched a month ago on Sprint. The XP3 has a waterproof body, Push-To-Talk, 1-inch outer display, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C connector, global roaming, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, and barometer. It has a 5-megapixel camera, but is also available without a camera. Its 1,500 mAh battery is removable. Its software is based on Android, but it does not run Android apps.

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The TicWatch S2 and now the AI-powered TicPods. Dive in!

You may have heard of Mobvoi and their TicWatch S2. It’s powered by Wear OS and has a 1.39″ AMOLED 400 x 400 display. Inside, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU and comes with 4GB of storage with 512MB of RAM. Plus, it looks bloody lovely.

The TicWatch S2 and now the AI powered TicPods. Dive in!

The watch will do contactless payments via NFC, it does GPS, it’ll do Bluetooth and it has WiFi too. Not only that, but there’s health sensors aplenty – an accelerometer, gyro, magnetic sensor, PPG heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor and a low-latency off-body sensor. You charge it via a dock and they tell me it’ll do 2 days in “Smart Mode” via the 415mAH battery. However, if you tweak the battery options, you can get up to 30 days. It’s water and dust resistant too.

Other features include over 1000 watch faces, music streaming, alarms, reminders, and notifications from your phone. There’s also “TicMotion” AI algorithms which automatically monitor you daily activities – 24 hours a day, whether running or sleeping. No need to open any apps.

The TicWatch S2 and now the AI powered TicPods. Dive in!

Now there’s also earbuds too – they’re called “TicPods Free” and are completely wireless. Not only do they play your tunes, but they’re also compatible with any voice assistant, so you can adjust the volume without having to fiddle. Ideal when you’re exercising!

The TicWatch S2 and now the AI powered TicPods. Dive in!

Interested? Head to Amazon UK, where you can get either the TicWatch E2 or TicWatch S2. The E2 is £145.99 and the S2 is £165.99.

The TicWatch S2 and now the AI powered TicPods. Dive in!

For the TicPods, expect to pay £119.99 and get more details on Amazon here. They’re water resistant and offer noise isolation with clear and crisp audio.

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BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition Available Today

The Red Edition of the BlackBerry Key2 launches today with Best Buy and Amazon for $699. The Red Edition has more storage (128 GB) than the standard Key2 and comes with matching earbuds.

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Ekster – Trackable smart wallets

Ekster   Trackable smart wallets
These are sold in shops like Macy’s and Selfridges and are crafted from the highest grade leather available in Europe. Basically, they’re high-end but they’re also clever too. These are ultra-slim smart wallets which can be tracked and actually run via solar power. Yes, solar power. This means that you can see where the wallet is at all times and there’s no need to charge or replace the tracker batteries.

The wallet lets you eject your 6 most frequently used cards easily by a simple click of the trigger. The wallets also feature RFID blocking technology to protect your cards from wireless skimming.

Ekster   Trackable smart wallets

Now Ekster’s products compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. You can therefore fine your wallet using your smart speaker. Your wallet will then ring and you can see where it is on a map.

Ekster   Trackable smart wallets

The company have partnered with Chipolo, and we’ve reviewed their mini trackers before. It means that there’s a thin tracker inside your wallet which is loud and has a strong Bluetooth connection to your phone. The phone will keep a connection to your wallet and, if that connection is broken, it’ll remember the location where this happened so you can get back to it.

Oh, and by the way – if you hang around the shop on their website you should get a pop-up which gets you 20% off.

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Cricket Launches Data-Only Plans

Cricket has announced new service plans that include only data and messaging, with no access to voice service. With the plans, messaging (SMS and MMS) is unlimited, but international service is not included. Data allotments are for high-speed data at the full speed of AT&T’s LTE network, instead of capped at 8 Mbps as with Cricket’s other plans. Streaming video is limited to SD quality by default, although HD can be enabled. The plans cost: $25/month for 3 GB of data, $35 for 10 GB, and $70 for 30 GB. A $5/month discount is available for the top plan when using AutoPay, making it $65/month. Add-ons are also available for even more data: $5 for an extra 2 GB or $10 for 5 GB. Cricket is also launching the Cricket Turbo Hotspot, a new mobile hotspot made by Netgear, for $120. Lastly, customers who switch to Cricket can take $200 off a Samsung Galaxy S10, or get the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pure for free.

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T-Mobile Launches Checking Accounts

T-Mobile is now offering its own branded checking accounts as a new offering called T-Mobile Money. The accounts bear no monthly, overdraft or transfer fees, and no ATM fees. Accounts earn 4% interest on the first $3,000. The product is digital-only and mobile-first, accessed primarily through a phone app. The debit card is compatible with Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, although customers receive a physical debit card as well. It supports direct deposit, mobile deposit, bill payment, and customers can send checks. The product is created and operated by BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank (Member FDIC). BankMobile has over 2 million customers, mostly college students using a similar product offered in partnership with over 800 colleges and universities.

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