Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now available on Vodafone

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now available on Vodafone
Fancy a new handset with the Sony design skills and a 5.2″ 1080×1920 pixel screen? Want it to be dust and waterproof? Want it to measure 148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm and weigh in at 155 g?

Sorry. I can’t help you with that.

ONLY KIDDING!

Coming equipped with Android 8.0 (Oreo) and a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa-core CPU (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo), this is the Sony XZ1. It’s got 64GB of storage and a microSD slot for more. It also has 4GB RAM, a 19 megapixel f/2.0 rear camera (with predictive phase detection and laser autofocus plus a flash) and a 13 megapixel front shooter. It also has stereo speakers and something called a “3.5mm audio jack” which us normal people still use.

The usual other bits are here, including WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and NFC too. We took a look at it during IFA and now Vodafone UK have it for £32 per month with a £30 upfront cost. This includes unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 1GB of data.

Sure, you can boost that up if you want. Voda also have their 8GB “Red Entertainment” plan with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and either Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or NOW TV for 24 months. That’ll set you back £44 per month, and there’s a £10 upfront cost).

We’ve had our usual look around and found some other deals too, should you want to get this handset on other networks..

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  • LG V30+ Exclusive to Sprint, Coming October 13

    Sprint will offer LG’s new flagship V30+ phone starting on October 13th. The V30+ is exclusive to Sprint in the U.S.; other carriers will offer the standard V30. The V30+ has 128 GB of internal storage, twice that of the standard V30. It will also come with LG QuadPlay high-quality earbuds. For a limited time, it will also come with a free Google Daydream VR headset. The V30 is one of the first LG-branded phones compatible with Daydream. Sprint is selling the phone for $912, or leasing it for $38/month. For a limited time, Sprint is offering 2-for-1 on the $38/month lease.

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    Apple's Face ID: Not So Great for Kids and Twins

    The iPhone X might be the future of Apple’s smartphone design, but its lauded Face ID facial recognition system has an issue with people under 13: it’s much more difficult to tell them apart.

    In a security guide published Wednesday, Apple recommends that children under the age of 13 do not use Face ID due to the probability of a false match being significantly higher for young children. The company said this was because ?EU?their distinct facial features may not have fully developed?EU?.

    While few young children are likely to be given a £999 iPhone, false matches are also more likely for twins and siblings. In all those situations, the company recommends concerned users disable Face ID and use a passcode instead.

    For most users — those over 13 without “evil twins,” as Apple’s head of iOS Craig Federighi describes them — the bigger concern is deliberate attacks. Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor, was famously bypassed just two days after it was launched in the iPhone 5S, using a fake fingerprint placed over a real finger.

    With Face ID, Apple has implemented a secondary system that exclusively looks out for attempts to fool the technology. Both the authentication and spoofing defense are based on machine learning, but while the former is trained to identify individuals from their faces, the latter is used to look for telltale signs of cheating.

    “An additional neural network that’s trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks,” the company says. If a completely perfect mask is made, which fools the identification neural network, the defensive system will still notice — just like a human.

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    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Need To Charge Your Electric Car? There's an App for That

    The easier it is to charge electric cars, the more people are likely to buy them. So goes the thinking at ChargePoint, the largest car-charging network in the U.S.

    To that end, ChargePoint on Thursday introduced a “tap to pay” app for the iPhone, the Apple Watch and Android phones.

    Rather than peck through menus on a touchscreen to pay, users can tap their device on a ChargePoint station, plug in and start charging.

    The service is available on most of ChargePoint’s 40,000 charging stations in the U.S.

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    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Roku IPO: Company Sets 2017 Record as Shares Soar

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    And then came Roku.


    ?EU?People are dancing on rooftops in Silicon Valley over Roku,?EU? said Los Angeles-based tech investor Eric Schiffer, CEO of private equity firm The Patriarch Organization. Roku has succeeded in making IPOs sexy again, he said.


    Once the first-day buzz wears off, there’s no guarantee Roku won’t fizzle the way Venice-based Snap did, Schiffer said. After popping 44 percent in its much-anticipated public offering in March, Snap shares on Thursday were down 15 percent from their IPO price. But Roku, with its high-quality, well-established products, has a better chance of bouncing back from a downturn, Schiffer said.


    New York-based meal kit delivery company Blue Apron was another much-hyped IPO that ended up letting down investors. The company’s share price flatlined during its first day on the public market, and on Thursday was trading at barely more than half its IPO price.


    Roku raised $219 million in its…
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    Apple Urged To Activate iPhone FM Radio Chips After Hurricanes

    When the Big One strikes California, FM radio likely will be your only way to stay informed about the disaster. While many may think they need a bulky radio, most smartphones — including iPhones — have FM radio chips embedded in them to transmit radio signals.

    While Android manufacturers quietly allow users to enable the chip and unlock the FM radio tuner, Apple has not budged. Following the destruction wreaked on Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico by three separate hurricanes, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission voiced frustration at Apple for not cooperating.

    “I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips in their phones,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement. “Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so. But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.”

    Apple on Thursday responded with a blog post about its contributions to the disaster relief to all three hurricanes. It donated more than $13 million and quickly worked to turn Apple stores into spaces with free Wi-Fi and charging stations.

    Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the FM chip.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    New iFrogz Bluetooth Headsets Start at $20

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    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Review: Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

    The Amazon Alexa offering got an added bonus yesterday. The Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Fire TV and Fire HD 10 will all be arriving here in the UK on, of course, Amazon UK.

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

    There’s a new version of the Amazon Echo, which will be £89.99, and an Echo Plus with a built-in smart home hub for £139.99. You’ll be able to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic and sports scores. You can also manage those to-do and shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices and more.

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

    The Echo Plus can also control smart lights, thermostats, switches and door locks.

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

    However, what I’m quite interested in is the new Echo Show. It’ll be on sale for £199.99 and gives you your morning “briefing”, Amazon Videos, music lyrics and will show your photos too. You can also keep an eye on security cameras, check the weather and do a lot of the stuff you can do with a regular Echo, but now with a screen too. Sadly YouTube won’t work, but you can make video calls. Partners for the launch include Just Eat, National Rail, BBC News, MTV and Sky Sports. They all have Alexa Skills for the Echo Show.

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

    A new version of the Fire TV, which now has 4K Ultra HD and an Alexa Voice Remote, will be arriving for £69.99. Plug it into your TV and you’ll get a smooth and responsive media experience which you can control with your voice.

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

    The new Fire HD 10, which also has Alexa hands-free, will retail for £149.99 and comes with a quad-core 1.8 GHz CPU. It also has faster memory, with the 2GB operating 30% faster than before.

    Amazon drops new toys into the Alexa playroom

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  • Google Makes Family Link More Widely Available

    Google today made its Family Link tool available to parents in the United States without an invitation. Family Link is a service that lets parents set up and monitor their children’s Android smartphones. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which are linked to the parent’s Google account. Parents can then approve and block apps from the Google Play Store, control screen time with daily limits, and remotely lock or prevent devices from being used at night. Though parents can now use Family Link from an Android handset or an iPhone, the child’s handset still needs to run Android 7 Nougat and up.

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