Apple Makes iOS 11.1 Available to iPhones and iPads

Apple today released the final version of iOS 11.1 to the public. The minor operating system update has been in beta testing with developers for more than a month. The most significant addition to iOS 11.1 is that of Unicode 10, which includes dozens of new emoji. Moreover, the Apple keyboard now generates multiple emoji options when typing keywords that support emoji. iOS 11.1 also resurrects the 3D Touch App switcher for certain iPhones. On the security front, iOS 11.1 includes a patch for the KRACK WiFi exploit that recently came to light. The improved operating system further offers a number of under-the-hood bug fixes and performance adjustments. iOS 11.1 is free to download over the air. Apple also released watchOS 4.1, which brings LTE-based Apple Music streaming to the Apple Watch Series 3. The watchOS update also includes a new Beats 1 radio application, WiFi toggle, and Unicode 10. WatchOS 4.1 is free to download through the associated iPhone app.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Google Rolling Out 'Fast Pair' Bluetooth for Android Devices

Google today announced a new feature headed to Android phones that should ease Bluetooth pairing pains. The tool, called Fast Pair, makes discovering and pairing with nearby Bluetooth devices much simpler. Google says Fast Pair is being made available to devices running at least Google Play Services 11.7 and Android 6 Marshmallow (and up). Fast Pair relies on Bluetooth Low Energy. Accessories will need to adopt the technology in order for Fast Pair to work properly. Devices with BLE on board will, when put in pairing mode, send information regarding the device identity to nearby Bluetooth devices. The Android phone will see the BLE broadcast and send information back to Google’s servers to learn the product name, find the product companion app, and verify the product image. Google then pushes a notification with a “tap to pair” feature complete with the product details. Users need only accept the notification to complete pairing automatically. Google says people will be able to test Fast Pair with Google Pixel Buds or Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear headphones. Plantronics’ Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets will also soon support Fast Pair. Fast Pair is being made available to Android devices over time.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Yet more iPhone X deals. Get them while they’re .. a bit less mad

Yet more iPhone X deals. Get them while theyre .. a bit less mad
Just a couple of days ago we took a look at the latest iPhone X prices but you guys, quite rightly, said that they were quite a lot of money.

Well. Yes.

Now, we did find some deals for around £50 per month but, even though this was relatively cheap for such a phone, it would only get you 500MB of monthly data, and that’s just not enough really, is it?

So, after drinking way too much coffee this morning, I scoured the offers again and I’ve come up with the following. Hopefully this time we’ve struck the best balance between an up-front payment (I did try to keep that below £200, as you could possibly sell your old phone to fund that chunk), the monthly charge and having a proper amount of data.

These are all for the iPhone X 64GB variant. The cheapest one we’ve got for you first is with O2 and is “only” £51 every month. You’ll need £170 as an upfront payment for this one, then you get 5GB of data plus unlimited texts and unlimited minutes. Head to their product page for the details.

Next up, and for just £1 more per month you can go with this Vodafone offer. For your £52 per month you get a massive 26GB of monthly data allowance, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes. OK… I’ll be honest, we busted our own “£200 upfront limit” on this one, and you will need to fork out £299.99 upfront but… HEY LOOK! A RAINBOW!!

Still with Vodafone and, for £56 per month you can get that up-front cost down to £175. It’s the same deal (26GB data and unlimited everything else) but you take less of a hit upfront.

Now, to save my fingers, I’ll just point out that everything I’m going to mention comes with unlimited texts and calls. Just take that as a given. You’re going to be paying over £50 per month, so unlimited calls and texts is the least you can expect really.

Anyhow… first a couple of more expensive ones. This EE deal. £67.99 per month with those guys and £129 upfront. 25GB of data on that. You can also go for this other EE offer which gets you 20GB data for £150 upfront and £62.99 every month.

O2 also have three offers we’ve not mentioned yet. There’s a 10GB data deal for £55 per month and £170 upfront, a 20GB data offering for £56 per month and £190 upfront plus, finally, another 10GB deal, but this is a bit less upfront (£160) and £1 more per month (£56) than the one I mentioned just now.

Right, now time for another coffee… just one more.. just one more…

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  • iPhone X Review Roundup: Face ID Works Better than Expected

    Apple’s most expensive smartphone, the [$999 and up] iPhone X, is almost ready to land in stores and a few publications specially selected by Apple have been given early access to the phone. So what do they think? Is the iPhone X really the “future of smartphones”?

    The iPhone X has an all-screen front design with a 5.8in OLED screen, no home button and an odd looking notch at the top for front-facing camera and sensors. The rest of the device resembles the the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, with a dual camera on the glass back. When it was made available for pre-order it sold out in minutes.

    This year Apple took a different approach to its distribution of iPhone X review units, giving one of the original iPhone reviewers, Steven Levy at Wired, a phone for a week before anyone else. Then Apple followed up with a slow drip of fashion videos and lifestyle magazine reviews, before selected technology sites were allowed to publish their thoughts.

    The Guardian’s review of the iPhone X will be available in the next two weeks, once it has been bought and thoroughly tested. In the meantime, here’s the consensus from those who have had early access.

    It’s worth noting, as the Verge’s Nilay Patel says in his review, “Apple gave most reviewers less than 24 hours with the iPhone X before allowing us to talk about it,” so the opinions below might be slightly less considered than you might expect.

    Levy’s first impression of the big new feature of Face ID?

    Does it work? Pretty much. It seems reliable at fending off intruders. I have thrust my phone into several people’s faces — though considerably fewer than the million punims that Apple says I’d have to try before a false positive — and it has not fallen…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Your VPN Needs These Eight Essential Features

    Given the large number of VPN services available, it can be challenging deciding which one to sign up for. While the websites of VPN providers are useful up to a point in terms of highlighting important features (and indeed limitations), sometimes more crucial info is buried deep in the site.

    So to avoid any danger of you being razzle-dazzled by a VPN’s fancy website, we’ve put together this article which looks at the truly important features to bear in mind when picking the best VPN service for you.

    1. Plentiful server locations

    A VPN hides a user’s data by encrypting it with a tunnel created between the user’s device and the VPN’s web server. The user then takes on the IP address of the web server (rather than their true IP), and this leads to one advantage of a VPN, namely that a user can appear to be in a different geographic location than they are actually located in.

    This can have many uses, such as being able to access streaming services or shopping sites specific to a certain country, bypassing what’s known as geo-blocking.

    The important point to bear in mind here is that any good provider will have a healthy spread of coverage across a wide range of countries, giving you more options overall. Furthermore, the more servers available in each location, the better (as they’re less likely to be overloaded, so you’ll get better performance levels).

    2. Mobile apps

    Any VPN will offer client software for a Windows PC. However, many of us now spend more time on our smartphones or tablets than on a traditional desktop computer or laptop. In fact, in many places (including the US) there are now ?EU?smartphone only’ folks, who use their handsets as a primary method for online access, and this trend may be responsible for slowing fixed…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Google Pixel 2 XL – Unboxed by Superman!

    Google Pixel 2 XL   Unboxed by Superman!
    Fancy the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL? Well, if it’s size you want, the Google Pixel 2 XL has a bigger 6″ screen and a higher price-tag t’boot. £799 will get you a 64GB version, and it’s £899 for the 128GB model.

    It’s got a pOLED (18:9) always-on screen which is QHD+ (2880 x 1440) but everything else is the same as the 5″ Pixel 2. There’s a water-resistant metal unibody, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU (plus 4GB RAM) and it runs Android 8.0 Oreo.

    Camera-wise, you’ll get a 12.2 megapixel rear shooter with dual-pixel autofocus and an f/1.8 aperture. There’s an 8 megapixel camera up-front and it’s available in those crazy colour-names – Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue and Black & White. There’s front stereo speakers, a 3520 mAh battery (on the 2XL at least), WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, “Active Edge” and a USB-C charging port.

    But you knew all about that from our previous article didn’t you? So.. just for the hell of it, we didn’t just unbox the thing. Oh no. We got Superman Matteo to unbox it!

    Google Pixel 2 XL   Unboxed by Superman!

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane.. no.. IT’S SUPERMAN!

    What did he think? Did he spot any pOLED weirdness ? Well, head on down to find out! 🙂

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  • Sony Profits Soar on Image Sensors, Games and Spider-Man

    Sony Corp. reported Tuesday that its fiscal second quarter profit zoomed by 26-fold from the same period last year, boosted by the success of its image sensors, game products and the latest “Spider-Man” movie.

    Tokyo-based Sony, which makes Bravia TVs, PlayStation 4 video-game consoles and Wyclef Jean recordings, recorded a July-September profit of 130.9 billion yen ($1.2 billion), up from 4.8 billion yen reported last year.

    Quarterly sales rose 22 percent to 2.06 trillion yen ($18 billion).

    The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant raised its full-year profit forecast to 380 billion yen ($3.4 billion), up by nearly 50 percent from its earlier forecast of 255 billion yen ($2.3 billion) profit.

    That’s a more than five-fold improvement from the 73 billion yen earned in the fiscal year that ended in March.

    Sony has suffered in recent years as it fell behind rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and Apple, which makes the iPhone, in flat-panel TVs and mobile phones.

    A pioneer in mobile music with the creation of the Walkman portable cassette player in 1979, Sony has been reshaping its operations to catch up in new technologies like 4K TVs, digital cameras and game software for its successful PlayStation franchise.

    In the last quarter, a weak yen compared to a year earlier worked to boost Sony’s bottom line. A weak yen lifts the value of overseas earnings of Japanese exporters.

    The absence of costs related to damages at its computer-chips and battery businesses from last year’s earthquake in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, also helped.

    Sony said its results benefited from the strong worldwide box office performance of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the popularity of a game application for mobile devices called “Fate/Grand Order.”

    Sony’s perennially strong performing financial services businesses, such as life insurance and online banking, also did well, it said.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Waymo Aims To Shift Robotic Cars Into Next Gear

    Google’s self-driving car spin-off is accelerating efforts to convince the public that its technology is almost ready to safely transport people without any human assistance at all.

    Waymo, hatched from a Google project started eight years ago, showed off its progress Monday during a rare peek at a closely guarded testing facility located 120 miles (193 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco. That’s where its robots complete their equivalent of driver’s education.

    The tour included giving more than three dozen reporters rides in Chrysler Pacifica minivans traveling through faux neighborhoods and expressways that Waymo has built on a former Air Force base located in the Californian Central Valley city of Atwater.

    The minivans smoothly cruised the roads — driver’s seat empty and passengers in the back — at speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). By contrast, the Waymo-powered minivans that have been driving volunteer riders in the Phoenix area still use safety drivers to take over control if something goes wrong.

    But Waymo’s real goal is to get to the point where people in cars are nothing but passengers.

    Waymo CEO John Krafcik [pictured here] told reporters that the company will be making some cars and freight trucks totally driverless fairly soon, though he didn’t provide a specific timetable. “We are really close,” he said. “We are going to do it when we feel like we are ready.”

    Since Google began working on self-driving cars in 2009, dozens of established automakers such as General Motors and Ford Motors have entered the race, along with other big technology companies, including Apple and ride-hailing service Uber. The competition is so fierce and the stakes so high that Waymo is currently suing Uber , alleging that one of its former managers stole its trade secrets and took them with him when he joined Uber in 2016 as part…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Samsung Names New Executives

    Samsung today made sweeping changes to its leadership. The news comes several weeks after Kwon Oh-hyun, CEO and Vice President of Samsung Electronics Corp., announced plans to step down from his leadership role with the company. Samsung said Presidents Kinam Kim, Hyunsuk Kim, and Dongjin Koh will succeed Kwon and Presidents Boo-Keun Yoon and Jong-Kyun Shin, respectively, as heads of the display, consumer electronics, and integrated circuit divisions. Samsung said it will maintain a structure with three co-CEOs. Additionally, President Sang-Hoon Lee will leave his position as CFO. The leadership changes are effective immediately. The move helps fill the leadership vacuum left by Kwon and Samsung scion Jay Y. Lee, who was arrested on bribery charges earlier this year.

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    Memory Chips Send Samsung Profit Soaring

    Samsung Electronics Co. reported another record high in quarterly earnings Tuesday as its semiconductor division posted its highest profit ever and tipped another record-breaking quarter is on the horizon, a breathtaking run for a company that is fighting to get its leader out of jail.

    The company also announced a monstrous capital investment plan to increase chip production and higher shareholder dividends as the world’s largest chipmaker basks in an unprecedented boom in the memory chip industry that helped it overcome a crisis in its leadership.

    The South Korean company’s July-September net income surged 150 percent to 11 trillion won ($9.8 billion), compared with 4.4 trillion won a year earlier.

    The result beats analysts’ consensus of 10.9 trillion won, according to financial data provider FactSet.

    Sales rose 30 percent to 62 trillion won ($55.1 billion) while operating profit nearly tripled from the previous year to 14.5 trillion won ($12.9 billion), in line with its preview.

    Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, has continued its record-breaking earnings streak thanks to a global boom in memory chips that resulted from a jump in mobile data traffic and rise of cloud computing, even as its de facto chief was sentenced to five years in prison on a conviction for bribery.

    Hearings are underway at the appeals court as Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and a grandson of Samsung’s founder, contests the conviction for offering bribe to then-President Park Geun-hye and her close friend to ensure a smooth transition of corporate leadership at Samsung.

    Investors are also waiting for Samsung to name a successor to Kwon Oh-hyun, one of Samsung’s three chief executives who are not part of the founding family but climbed the ladder from rank-and-file to overseeing daily management of Asia’s largest consumer electronics company.

    Kwon led day-to-day operations of the world’s most successful chip business and was…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today