FCC to Investigate Web Site that Exposed Phone Locations

The FCC today said it is investigating reports that a web site leaked the location data of millions of U.S. cell phones. A security researcher claims a company called LocationSmart suffered a leak and made it possible track the whereabouts of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless customers without their consent. Accuracy of the location data was as good as a few hundred yards. On her Twitter account today FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said, “The @FCC needs to investigate. No ifs, ands, or buts.” Senator Ron Wyden agreed, saying, “This leak, only days after the lax security at Securus was exposed, shows how little companies throughout the wireless ecosystem value Americans’ security. Wireless carriers and LocationSmart appear to have allowed nearly any hacker with a basic knowledge of web sites to track the location of any American with a cell phone. A hacker could have used this site to know when you were in your house so they would know when to rob it. A predator could have tracked your child’s cell phone to know when they were alone.” Wyden demanded an investigation and the FCC appears to agree. The agency has pushed the matter to its enforcement bureau to investigate.

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Honor launch the “Elite”

Honor launch the Elite
Remember HTC Elevate ? It is / was a private, members-only community for HTC fans. I remember, when attending a HTC launch in London once, that the HTC Elevate crew actually got dropped off in private a London Bus before the assembled press. I think they got better seats too if memory serves.

Elevate is still going, although HTC now produce a smaller range of handsets.

However, Honor have now come up with a very similar idea. They’re calling it Honor Elite and you can join up on honorelite.club. Honor Elite is a UK fan community and you can watch the promo video below..

Members will get access to some exclusive Honor news and updates directly from Honor UK plus discounts and goodies. You’ll even be able to chat directly to them and share your ideas. This is your chance to feedback to the company that makes your smartphone, so that’s pretty cool. You also get access into exclusive member-only parties and events.

Wilkin Lee, Honor UK Sales and Marketing Director tells us…

We value authenticity and personal connections with our customers – this is why we are introducing Honor Elite. We’re inviting our top fans to become more involved with Honor and have their say. We can’t wait to get to know the Honor Elite members better and together shape the future of Honor and the tech industry as a whole.

Head to Honor Elite to be part of it, then tell them why you’d like to be a member.

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Discounts available on reconditioned kit at musicMagpie

I love the fact that contracts aren’t as popular as they once were. Why pay nearly £60 per month for a phone every month for two years? It’s nuts when you think about it. Retailers like musicMagpie and, as we mentioned earlier Laptops Direct, are doing PayPal credit now, so you can get new or reconditioned phones on smaller monthly repayments. Then you’re free to go and bag a cheap SIM-only plan, like £10 per month for 5GB of data with iD Mobile, Vodafone or 10GB of data from as little as £12 per month – and no long contracts. Switch when you like.

Discounts available on reconditioned kit at musicMagpie

Right now musicMagpie have got 20% off their prices, so you can bag this Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for less. Instead of £285.99 (or £13.97 per month over two years), you can get it for £228.79. An Apple iPhone 6s 64GB is normally £269.99 unlocked but you can get it for £215.99.

Discounts available on reconditioned kit at musicMagpie

Head to their site to have a look, although we think they may have slightly nudged the prices up a few days before this 20% offer came on. Either way, if you’re looking for reconditioned gear, they’re worth a visit.

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Google Home Now Lets You Control Play Movies Via Voice

As promised, Google has added voice control support to its own video service, Google Play Movies & TV, to Google Home. People who own Google Home products can now speak voice commands to access movies and television shows purchased or rented through the Google Play Store and have that content play on Chromecast-connected television sets. Google says people won’t have to change any settings or reconfigure their device to access this feature, as it has been added automatically on the backend. Google Home has for some time allowed people to use voice commands to access Netflix and other third-party streaming video content. The tool lets people start movies and shows, fast-forward, rewind, pause, and more.

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Qualcomm to Add WPA3 to Mobile Devices This Summer

Qualcomm this week laid out its plan to adopt the latest wifi security protocol in future products. The company said it will apply the Wifi Alliance’s Wifi Protected Access (WPA3) across its portfolio of mobile and networking products starting this summer. The core feature of WPA3 is stronger protection when users choose weak passwords. WPA3 also simplifies the process of securing access points that don’t have a display or interface. The standard provides individualized data encryption to protect data as it moves from computers, tablets, and phones to access points. Further, it includes a 192-bit security suite to help businesses and governments adopt the highest levels of protection. Qualcomm says it has already added WPA3 to its WCN3998 wifi radio and IPQ807x AP platform. The company says phons based on the Snapdragon 845 mobile application processor will be the first to support WPA3. The chip and phones that rely on it will gain WPA3 this summer, with Qualcomm’s portfolio of networking devices to follow soon thereafter.

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Apple Pushes iOS 11.4 Beta 6 to Developers and Public Testers

Apple has released iOS 11.4 Beta 6 to both registered developers and public beta testers. The release comes just several days after Apple pushed iOS 11.4 Beta 5. Apple didn’t provide a reason for the quick iteration. iOS 11.4 primarily adds support for ClassKit, Apple’s new set of developer tools that target educations. It also re-introduces several features that were meant to be included in iOS 11.3, but didn’t make the final release. These include AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud, which allows people to store their iMessage content in the cloud and sync it across devices. Developers and public testers alike should be able to download and install iOS 11.4 Beta 6 over the air.

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House Committee Votes to Keep ZTE Ban In Place

The House Appropriations Committee this week voted on an amendment that upholds the Commerce Department’s sanctions against ZTE. Specifically, the amendment prevents the U.S. Commerce Department from renegotiating its sanctions against ZTE in order to prevent ZTE from gaining access to hardware and software from its U.S. suppliers. The Commerce Department slapped ZTE with the ban last month after it discovered that ZTE misrepresented the actions it took in a 2017 settlement. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump surprisingly tweeted in support of ZTE, suggesting the Commerce Department help ZTE “get back into business, fast.” ZTE has largely ceased operations and idled some 75,000 employees in the wake of the ban. The amendment voted on by the house will “prevent a foreign company that is beholden to its government — and that ignores embargoes — from infiltrating the devices and networks that are now indispensable to American life,” said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) in a statement. “This amendment, which passed with the unanimous support of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, shows that, when the United States enacts sanctions, we stand behind them.” The bill was coauthored by Ruppersberger and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct.).

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Honor 9 Lite, now even cheaper

Morning all. How are we today? Well I hope. The sun is out and tomorrow Harry and Meghan tie the knot, so it’s a grand excuse for “popping to the pub for a quick pint” to watch the ceremony. Of course, you know that the next thing you’ll remember is waking up on Sunday afternoon after getting completely trolleyed, but hey – we’re British – it’s how we roll.

Honor 9 Lite, now even cheaper

Now, cast your mind back a few months and you may remember how I took a look at the Honor 9 Lite. It’s a great phone and, for reasons I won’t go into (because I may be shot), it’s pretty much the exact same phone as the Huawei P Smart. That phone, the P Smart, is selling for £229 at the moment. Meanwhile, the Honor 9 Lite is normally £199.99. It has a HiSilicon Kirin octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) 659 CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage plus a microSD card.

The Honor 9 Lite also has Android 8.0, a 5.65″ 2160x1080p resolution 18:9 screen (428PPI), a dual rear camera arrangement (13 megapixel and 2 megapixel) and the same on the front. Specs also include NFC, WiFi, GPS, 4G and Bluetooth.

I posted an Honor 9 vs Honor 9 Lite comparison piece, a camera test between the two phones and a video overview of the Honor 9 Lite too.

Right now though, if you want one, it’s tumbled in price. You can get it for £169.99 from Honor direct or you can buy it for just £149 from Laptops Direct. Perhaps the best thing about that Laptops Direct offer is that you can pay it monthly. They do PayPal credit terms – 12 Months @ 14.9% makes the handset alone just £13.38 per month. Yes, you’ll be paying £160.50 but you’ll have paid the thing off in 12 months. You can bag a SIM only deal and pay, let’s say, £8 per month for 4GB of data. End result? You pay £21.38 per month for your first year, then £8 per month after. That’s a deal that. I mean sure, you could go ahead and spent £55-£65 per month on a two year lock-in with the latest Samsung or Apple but… why not save your money and spend it on beer instead eh ? 🙂

Honor 9 Lite, now even cheaper

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All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

It’s easy to assume that Apple doesn’t really have a current interest in virtual reality – the company has yet to release an Apple-branded VR headset, and some point out that even the latest iPhone X is not as VR-display friendly as some Android devices. The iPhone X offers a 5.8” OLED screen with 2436×1125 display at 458 PPI – the Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers a 6.2” Super AMOLED screen with 1440×2960 display at 529 PPI. Of course, the iPhone X was built around AR instead of VR, so iPhone users really should be on the hunt for VR + AR hybrid apps, as opposed to pure VR.

When comparing the state of VR compatibility on Android to iOS, one might think that Apple is letting VR pass by – the truth is a bit more complex, however. For starters, Apple has been buying up VR-related companies, and hiring VR developers. Most recently, Apple acquired a VR headset startup named Vrvana to the tune of $30 million USD – Vrvana released a headset called Totem, which is a combination VR and AR headset.

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

Apple also announced an intended focus on better VR-development support on the iMac Pro at WWDC 2017, as well as showcasing their ARKit – which is arguably one of the best tools for developing AR games on the market. Apple also reached out to game developers to port their VR titles to Mac .When one such company, Survios, was asked about their experience porting their popular VR game Electronauts to the Mac, Survios had plenty of good things to say, noting that the most difficult part was essentially porting some of the game shaders from Unity / DirectX 12 to Apple’s Metal 2, which is Apple’s GPU rendering API, and the fact that Steam is still in Beta for the Mac.

In any case, Apple seems to be much more focused on the promise of AR than the current state of VR – it makes sense, in a way. VR could be seen as a fad which will be replaced by AR when the technology allows, so Apple is playing a long game rather than investing too much in something that could potentially be obsolete in a few years.

With all that in mind, there’s still plenty of VR content and iOS-compatible VR headsets on the market. Let’s take a look at some of the best VR headsets and VR apps for the iOS platform, so one doesn’t think Android has all the goods.

The best iOS compatible VR headsets

There are a handful of iOS-compatible VR headsets out there, including the Google Cardboard, but these are the stand-outs for their features, display, and ease-of-use.

Note: For VR headsets with 120 degree FOV, your iPhone screen should ideally be a little over 5” inches – 6” is better. Always remember that a larger screen and display resolution means a better VR experience, since you are basically strapping your phone to your head.

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

Freefly VR Beyond

While previously only compatible for Android devices, the latest Freefly headset adds compatibility up to iPhone 8 and X. It has up to 120 degrees FOV, which so far is the largest FOV available for VR headsets (not specific to the Freefly VR, as other VR headsets are also 120 FOV, but no VR headsets currently exceed this). It also has “Crossfire Triggers”, which is a fancy name for touchscreen triggers that let you interact with the screen.

Xiaozhai BoboVR Z5

This is a really cool stereo and VR headset combination – the stereo headset boasts 720 degrees of 3D audio, and the VR supports up to 120 degrees FOV. The only drawback is that if your iPhone only supports Lightning headphone ports, you’ll need a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

Merge VR

While many VR headsets are made out of hard plastic (or cardboard…), this headset is made from a soft and comfortable foam material – thus, it’s also lighter. One of the cool things (one if it’s selling points, in fact) about the Merge VR is that it can be paired with the (sold separately) Merge Cube, which interacts with your phone’s camera to create an AR experience. It’s kind of difficult to explain exactly how it works, so here’s a cool video:



The best VR / AR Games for iOS

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

GermBuster VR

A fun “shooter” where you kill germs using a bubble pistol, it’s actually one of the more graphically impressive VR titles available. The gameplay is really quite simple and kid-friendly, since you’re just shooting pesky pathogens with bubbles.

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

VR Roller Coaster

There’s a ton of VR rollercoaster apps out there, but this one does it best (at least for iOS). People prone to motion sickness while using VR headsets should beware, though. Although one could argue that it enhances the realism of a VR rollercoaster experience.

Zombie Shooter VR

A really fun first-person zombie shooter which recently went entirely free, so it’s definitely worth the download if shooting zombies is your thing. The controls are really simple, utilizing a “look-to-shoot” scheme for VR headset users.

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

InCell VR

This is a racing game themed to be inside the human body; basically, you’re a cell racing through tubes. It’s got a bit of biochemistry thrown in, but all in all, it’s really just visually appealing.

Leader Strike

Technically a browser-based WebGL game that can be used with a VR headset, Leader Strike is a kind of hilarious online first-person shooter that uses popular politicians as the characters. So if you’ve ever wanted to be in an FPS death-match between Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, Barack Obama, George Bush, Angela Merkel, and others, it’s worth a play.

Fractal Combat X

Dogfighting (no, not the Michael Vick kind) in VR? Yes, please. This is a fast-paced and visually impressive game, with frequent updates for new content. Not only does it support VR headsets, but also MFI gaming controllers.

In Conclusion

While Apple may not have released an Apple-branded VR headset, that certainly doesn’t mean the iOS platform is lagging behind in VR content. The Apple Store is full of VR / AR apps, and there’s also a ton of Unity WebGL-powered games for browser that can be played in VR. There’s a ton of WebGL car games, for example, that are fantastic to play in VR mode.

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