HTC Slashing Price of U11 Smartphone By $100

HTC today announced a limited promo that will see the cost of its flagship U11 smartphone drop by $100. The lower price will be in effect from February 1 through February 15. The U11 is notable for its squeezable side edges that can be used to call up certain features and actions.

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EBox T8 V TV box – Review

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

Right, I’ve first got to apologise to the nice people at Entertainment Box. They sent me this clever Android TV box a good, long while ago and it’s taken me far, far, far too long to actually review the thing.

The simple fact is that I’ve used myself. I’ve used it a LOT, and I love it. It’ll stream media on your network (I use it for watching family videos on a NAS box), from USB sticks or via a hard drive that you can install in the bottom. It’s available here and is £94.99. You can also whack SD cards in and the USB ports are high-speed so you don’t need to worry – they’ll deal with USB drives and anything else you care to throw in there.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

Whack a hard drive in here and you can store oodles of videos and music files. Of course, if you have “some backups” of films, they can go on here.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

The time is displayed up front and you can power the device on / off with the button or remote. The legs aid cooling and the design is pretty stylish.

Now, I’ll be up front here. You’re presented with an option for Kodi (branded “EBox Media Center”) on the main screen. You’ll also find VPN apps and a recommendation that these should be used. Of course, out of the box you can’t do anything illegal and there’s no suggestion that you should, but with any Kodi installation – whether it be on your smartphone or whatever – there’s the potential. Just to be clear, there’s NO ADDONS in this Kodi installation, so the box itself is perfectly legal and the Kodi installation, plus the software and OS, is regularly updated. However, if you do decide to go down that road, then a VPN is a must.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

The EBox T8 V box runs a fast octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and there’s 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage on-board. You also get an SD card slot for even more storage and, if you want a stack-load more, there’s a drive bay with a SATA connection underneath. Although you can connect over WiFi, there’s also a 1 Gigabit Ethernet port at the back and you’ll get over-the-air updates.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

Whilst most people will be using HDMI, you can also pipe the image and audio via the phono ports. There’s optical audio out too. The rear side also has a USB-HDD port and a LAN port for connectivity, although you can use WiFi too.

The design is quite stylish, with a metal chassis and a plastic front housing a clock / information screen and a power button which let’s you know whether the device is on or not. It runs Android 7.1.2 and you control it with one of the two remotes provided. One will let you move left / right / up / down and the other is an “air mouse” that lets you move the cursor around the screen. Some screens, such as when you really dive down into the Android settings, might need the air mouse so that you can glide the cursor around freely. Also there’s the QWERTY keyboard on the back, which is really helpful for data entry – this is an area where these Android boxes traditionally fall down, so it’s great to have that quick keyboard.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

The air-mouse, on the right, just needs to be pointed at the screen. You then get an on-screen cursor flying around.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

On the back of the air-mouse controller, a full QWERTY keyboard, which makes data entry a breeze. This communicates with the small USB plug youll see protruding from the rear USB port on the box.

The company selling this also sell additional remote controls which enable voice control. This means you can use Google Now really easily and fire off voice commands without too much of a fuss. Now, with a product like this I figured that videos would be a massive help. Sure, I can talk about the menu system, and the fact that you can use Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, I can also talk about the in-built Speedtest, YouTube, Play Store connectivity and the easy-to-use settings screens, but here’s a better overview. Here I’m going to show you the unit in under my TV, where it’s sat for quite some time. I do like using it for YouTube videos, browsing the web and plus – if you use TeamViewer – you can control it remotely from your laptop. All good stuff.. and, for added fun, our cat gets involved in this video too…

As I touch upon in the video above, the user interface is the thing you’re going to be spending a lot of time using, so here’s a tour around it up-close and personal. You’ll notice that there’s apps available from the in-built store which are at the top of the trending / popularity lists for very obvious reasons (they let you watch TV free). Oh, while I’m here, I should point out that the weird screen artefacts and slow video streaming is due to me recording this over a TeamViewer session (which allows me to remotely control the Android box). The actual footage I was looking at on my TV while I recorded this was smooth as silk.

On board you do feel supported in a way, it’s pre-loaded with a lot of apps including an EntertainmentBox App, Google apps, Aptoide apps and much more. It’ll do 4K video playback and you hook it into your TV via a HDMU port. Miracast, SPMC, Airplay, Skype, Picasa and – as I mentioned before – YouTube is there too. You can very easily install all the on-demand apps from the likes of Netflix, iPlayer, ITV Player and other streaming services. Heck, you can install games too if you wish or perhaps webcam viewers so that you can look at cameras around your home or whatever.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

The two USB ports on the side will accept USB pens, USB drives, mice, keyboards or your phone. You can also whack in your microSD / SD cards and view photos on your TV in seconds. On the back you can see another USB port.

As this is effectively an Android phone, but with your TV as the screen, you can grab any app or game out of the Google Play store. This includes sports TV apps like I mentioned earlier. You can also whack this through the VPN setup I created to have your internet connection appear anywhere around the world. This gets you international TV and access into “local” channels from around the world, or through geo-restricted locations.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

Likewise, you can use Plex or the on-board video player to watch movies across your network or from your phone. Plug your phone into one of the USB ports and grab / display your content that way. You can also plug in SD cards or USB sticks in with content. I’ve not found anything or any format that this won’t play yet – it’s proper good. For the Apple fans, you can install AirPlay and then share any movie or photo from the device. It’ll also do Miracast DLNA.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

Yes, there’s some helpful apps installed on this box, but I wouldn’t call it bloatware. There’s not too much and you can install your own apps easily via either Google Play or Aptoide.

Performance-wise, thanks to a high-end GPU and fast CPU, there’s never been any problems with audio / video lag, and both 4K & HD streaming was smooth. It’ll do 4K HDR at 60Hz without an issue.

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

The box is supplied with a 30-day no quibble money back guarantee and there’s a full 12-month guarantee too.

Now, yes. Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get movies and sports on this. Y’know, those movies and sports that ideally you should be paying for. Heck, there’s apps on Google Play right now that’ll find “streams” of your football, tennis, golf, cricket or the latest cinema blockbuster. It’s not just “Kodi boxes” – any laptop or phone in the world can access sports streams or movie streams. Go onto Twitter or Facebook on a Saturday afternoon and do a search for your “Chelsea vs Liverpool stream” (or whatever team is playing) and you’ll be met with plenty of choices.

So let’s get this straight. Out of the box, this can’t do any of that illegal activity. It’s perfectly legal, just like your phone, but if you want to download apps or access Kodi plugins that’ll do that, well, that’s your own choice. All I’d say is, get a VPN. If you don’t, you’re going to get a knock on the door. Oh, and yes – streaming on VPNs can be a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. Get a good one with a decent amount of bandwidth, else it’ll buffer (and that’s no fault of this box).

EBox T8 V TV box   Review

This is a brilliant Android TV box. It’s fast, it’s very easy to use and it actually feels like someone cares. I’ve reviewed boxes in the past where there’s a very basic layout and there’s never any updates or instructions. Here, this is a lovely layout, with an easy and straightforward user interface and it works very quickly – no hanging or glitches. Just a smooth and painless experience with an absolute tonne of options and upgrade possibilities.  The OTA updates mean that the hardware and software is maintained, the Kodi build is constantly updated, Plex and Netflix are on board and you get a store for more add-ons, apps and gadgets from www.entertainmentbox.com 

In addition, the fact that the familiar Google Play store is there – this is reassuring.

Powered by an octa-core CPU and packing a powerful graphics co-processor, the 2GB RAM and the 16GB of memory gives you plenty to play with. Streaming is smooth, apps are smooth, games and videos glide along.

For £94.99 I’d say.. well, just get one. Definitely very highly rated in my book. Very highly rated.

 

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  • OnePlus 5T’s Android 8 Oreo Update Is Here

    OnePlus today begain pushing OxygenOS 5.0.2, which includes Android 8 Oreo, to the OnePlus 5T handset. As expected, the Oreo update contains notification dots, picture-in-picture, and autofill tools in Chrome. This update for the 5T also packs security patches, general bug fixes, and a new design for the Quick Settings screen. OnePlus says OxygenOS 5.0.2 also updates the file manager, weather, and gallery apps, and boosts the launcher to version 2.2. According to OnePlus, some users will see the update as soon as today though the bulk of users will see it over the next few days. The 5T is OnePlus’ flagship handset.

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    Get Ready for More Local News in Your Facebook News Feed

    Facebook on Monday said it’s prioritizing local news on the social network as part of the tech firm’s efforts to encourage more users to interact on and off the site.

    “People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook. Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities and affect our lives,” Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a social media post.

    If a user follows a local news outlet or a friend posts a local story, it may show up higher on the News Feed, he said.

    Facebook identifies local publishers “as those that are clicked on by readers in a tight geographic area.”

    A growing number of Americans are consuming news stories from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But the company, which also competes with news outlets for ad dollars, has also faced criticism that it isn’t doing enough to combat misinformation from going viral.

    Facebook has been revamping its News Feed to show more posts from family and friends and fewer posts from businesses, brands and media.

    While posts from family and friends will still be ranked higher on the social network, news will make up about 4 percent of News Feed, Zuckerberg said this month.

    Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users worldwide, said it’s prioritizing trustworthy, informative and local news. User surveys will help the tech firm decide what outlet is trustworthy.

    Facing criticism that social media could be dividing people, Facebook said it’s trying to help users strengthen their relationships with family and friends. In December, the company admitted that the site can be bad for users who are merely consuming information but not interacting with family and friends.

    Zuckerberg, who spent last year touring the United States, said that people he met emphasized how much they had in common…
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    Samsung Is Flying High on Chip Profit, But Is a Crash Ahead?

    Quarterly earnings surged again for Samsung Electronics, thanks to its record-breaking chip business. The South Korean company said Wednesday that its October-December earnings jumped 74 percent to 12 trillion won ($11.2 billion), compared with 6.9 trillion won a year earlier. It was slightly higher than analysts’ consensus of 11 trillion won, according to financial data provider FactSet.


    Sales and operating profit also rose in line with Samsung’s earlier guidance. Sales rose 24 percent to 66 trillion won ($61.6 billion) and operating profit was up 64 percent to 15 trillion won ($14 billion).


    Samsung’s flagship semiconductor business continued making record-high profits. The division, which supplies chips that help data centers, servers, mobile devices and computers save data and run multiple programs rapidly, generated 10.9 trillion won ($10.1 billion) in operating income during the quarter on sales of 21.1 trillion won ($19.7 billion), an unusually lucrative record for a manufacturing company.


    Other divisions, however, reported lower profit or less impressive profit gains. Profit from its mobile division dropped as Samsung increased marketing spending to promote Galaxy phones, while television and display divisions posted small gains.


    Profits have not suffered from the vice chairman’s bribery conviction. Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, a vice chairman and the only son of the ailing chair, is waiting for an appeal ruling next week after receiving a five-year prison term in corruption scandals that led to the removal of the country’s president.


    Samsung’s run of strong profit is not about to stop any time soon. For the current quarter, Samsung said its memory chip division will continue to see strong demand from data centers around the world while its mobile business will see an earnings improvement as the company is due to launch the Galaxy S9 smartphone in spring.


    The company dispelled views that the memory chip industry may have passed its peak after…
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    Saving You from Yourself? Facebook Bans Cryptocurrency Ads

    Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, in an effort to prevent people from advertising what the company is calling “financial products and service<es frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices."

    That means no advertiser — even those that operate legal, legitimate businesses — will be able to promote things like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings — ICOs for short — or binary options, according to a Facebook blog post.

    That also means that “crypto-genius” James Altucher, whose ads have appeared all over the internet and have become a meme of sorts for the entire crypto industry, won’t be able to advertise on Facebook.

    Ads that violate the company’s new policy will be banned on Facebook’s core app, but also in other places where Facebook sells ads, including Instagram and its ad network, Audience Network, which places ads on third-party apps.

    “This policy is intentionally broad while we work to better detect deceptive and misleading advertising practices,” wrote Rob Leathern, one of Facebook’s ad tech directors. “We will revisit this policy and how we enforce it as our signals improve.”

    The cryptocurrency boom/bubble has led to scams and wild price fluctuations that have cost a lot of people — including unsophisticated investors — a lot of money. Scams are illegal, but gambling on investments you don’t understand is not.

    Look for blowback from entrepreneurs and investors who argue that the move unfairly punishes legitimate cryptocurrency companies and related crypto products. Facebook’s board of directors includes two investors — Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel — whose firms have been prominent crypto backers. Facebook Messenger boss, David Marcus, is also on the board at the popular crypto exchange Coinbase.
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    HMD Global Pushing Android 8 Oreo to Nokia 5 and Nokia 6

    HMD Global is delivering an Oreo treat to owners of the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. The company said it has begun pushing Android 8 to both handsets. Android 8 Oreo includes notification dots, picture-in-picture, quicker boot times, autofill passwords, Google Play Protect scans, and the January 2018 security patch. HMD Global said the update will roll out in phases over the next few weeks. HMD Global makes and markets phones under the Nokia brand.

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    Essential Says Skipping Android 8.0 for Android 8.1

    Essential Products said via its Twitter account that it will not update the Essential Phone to Android 8.0 Oreo. Instead, it intends to update the handset directly to Android 8.1. The company said it “discovered several stability issues” in Android 8.0 that gave it cause for concern. It will instead focus its efforts on Android 8.1. It expects to release the Android 8.1 beta early next month and will go from there. Essential hopes customers won’t mind waiting an extra few weeks for the system update.

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    ENT and Golden Disk Awards Team on Entertainment Blockchain

    On 10th-11th January, 2018, the 32nd Golden Disk Awards ceremony was held in the Kintex of Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. As the strategic partner and sponsor, ENT was invited to attend and participate in the major awarding at the event. The Golden Disk Awards are one of the most influential and significant national music awards in South Korea.

    As the first project in South Korea to blockchain the entertainment industry, ENT is leading the way in global entertainment, building an ecosystem built on blockchain technology. The cooperation between Golden Disk Awards and ENT is the first of its kind with a national level awarding ceremony joining a blockchain cooperation. The consensus achieved between the two sides for future strategic cooperation not only displays ENT’s world-class achievements in reshaping and industrializing the entertainment chain, but also demonstrates important progress for the traditional entertainment industry as it steps into the new era of blockchain 3.0.

    New Ecosystem in the Entertainment Industry

    The Golden Disk Awards are one of the most renowned music award ceremonies in South Korea, representing the highest honor in South Korean music. It has often been famed as the “Grammys” of South Korea, and is one of the most influential entertainment awards in South Korea or even the world at large. Heavyweight artists who attended the recent Golden Disk Awards Ceremony included WANNA ONE, GFriend, Hyukoh, Suran, Akdong Musician, Lee Su Hyun, WINNER, Red Velvet, Heize, BTS/Bangtan Boys, BTOB, Yoon Jong-shin, Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young, Hong Jong Hyun, and hosts such as Lee Seung Gi and Lee Sung Kyung.

    During the awards ceremony, Mr. Huang Xi, the Chief Content Officer of ENT co-presented with leading actress, Shin Hye-sun, who has starred in Legend of the Blue Sea, Oh My Ghost!, and later burst to fame as…
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    Get an Honor 7X, grab yourself some in-game credit and a free case

    Get an Honor 7X, grab yourself some in game credit and a free case

    Back in November last year we took a good look at the Honor 7X.

    It comes equipped with a 5.93″ (2160 X 1080) edge-to-edge “FullView” screem (at the 18:9 ratio). For £269.99 you get 4GB of memory, 64GB storage, a dual-lens 16 and 2 megapixel camera arrangement, microSD card slot, 3340mAh battery, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. It’s powered by an octa-core (4x 2.36GHz and 4x 1.7 GHz) Kirin 659 CPU.

    This one, though, runs Android 7.0, and there’s a microUSB port (not the newer USB-C). No NFC either, so none of that contactless payment goodness.

    Get an Honor 7X, grab yourself some in game credit and a free case

    If you want one, Honor has announced a partnership between Lords Mobile. If you buy the Honor 7X from the Honor store, you’ll receive a £75 gift card to use in game, and a free case.

    Head here for the product page.

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