Google Makes Talking to Google Assistant Less Awkward

Google today began rolling out Continued Conversation, an update to Google Assistant that should make the tool easier to interact with. With Continued Conversation enabled, people will be able to have more natural, back-and-forth conversations with Assistant without repeating the “Hey Google” command each time. This is an optional feature, according to Google, and must be turned on manually through the Google Assistant app. Google says people will still need to say “Hey Google” to initiate a conversation, but they can then make follow-up requests, add items to shopping lists, set timers and reminders, and more without constantly repeating the catchphrase. The Assistant will continue to listen until it is sure the user has stopped interacting with it. The Continued Conversation function is first reaching the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max products. Google didn’t say if or when the feature might reach phones or other Assistant-enabled devices.

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Apple, Samsung Support Digital Key for Unlocking Cars with Phones

The Car Connectivity Consortium this week announced release 1.0 of its Digital Key specification, which will let people use their phone to unlock their car. The spec supports the ability to lock, unlock, start, and share access to cars from smartphones and other devices. The underlying technology makes it possible for carmakers to securely transmit a digital key to a mobile device, which then makes use of NFC and a secure element to provide vehicle access. The Car Connectivity Consortium says it has lots of support from both phone and car makers. Some of the member companies include Apple, Audi, BMW, Continental, Gemalto, GM, LG, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Volkswagen. The CCC is already working on release 2.0, which it expects will arrive during the first quarter of 2019. The group didn’t say how long before consumers can expect to see the technology gracing their local automobile showroom.

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Motorola Makes the Moto Z3 Play Available for Preorder

Motorola today kicked off general preorders for the Moto Z3 Play phone. People can now pre-purchase the Z3 Play from Motorola.com, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon. The phone adopts a 6-inch 2:1 screen, and is made form a slim metal-and-glass chassis. It is compatible with Motorola’s Moto Mods accessories and includes either a speaker or battery. The phone sells for $499. The phone will be sold directly by Sprint and U.S. Cellular later this summer.

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BlackBerry KEY2 Goes On Sale July 13

TCL today said the BlackBerry KEY2 will be available to preorder starting June 29 with an expected retail date of July 13. The phone will be sold unlocked from Amazon and Best Buy for $649. The KEY2, announced earlier this month, has a redesigned chassis, taller keyboard with better keys, and dual rear cameras. Other features include a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. The phone runs Android 8 Oreo with BlackBerry’s hardened security and business communication software. The KEY2 has a 4.5-inch screen and 3,500mAh battery.

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AT&T's Unlimited Plans Now Include 'Watch TV' Video Service

AT&T today added to its top-tier plans in the wake of its recent acquisition of Time Warner. The company’s unlimited service plans now offer an optional video service called Watch TV. Watch TV includes more than 30 live channels and is compatible with most every smartphone, tablet, browser, and device. The service offers access to 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand. Some of the available channels include AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery, Food Network, Hallmark, History, HLN, IFC, Lifetime, OWN, TBS, TCM, TLC, TNT, Velocity, and Viceland. The service is included at no extra charge in the two new unlimited offerings, which are called AT&T Unlimited &More Premium and AT&T Unlimited &More. The Premium plan offers 15 GB of high-speed tethering, high-quality video, and a $15 monthly credit toward DirecTV Now, DirecTV, and U-Verse. Premium customers may tack on one premium add-on, such as HBO or Pandora Premium, at no extra cost. The simpler Unlimited &More offering does not include tethering, limits video to 480p, and includes a $15 discount only toward DirecTV Now. AT&T Unlimited &More Premium costs $80 for a single line and $190 for four lines. AT&T Unlimited &More costs $70 for a single line and $160 for four lines. These prices require autopay and do not include taxes, fees, or device payments. WatchTV will also be made available as a stand-alone service for $15 per month. AT&T says it has more bundles on the way.

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Oppo Find X. We don’t need no stinkin’ notch! BEHOLD! THE POP-UP CAMERA!

Oppo Find X. We dont need no stinkin notch! BEHOLD! THE POP UP CAMERA!

As you know, Brian Shufflebottom, Chief Apple Engineer, sat down in his small house in Bolton a couple of years back and had an idea.

I know! I’ve figured how we can STILL get the camera lens to fit AND provide more screen real-estate! We’ll just put a little notch in the screen! It’ll be a REVELATION!

And so it came to be. The iPhone X appeared and then every other manufacturer kinda copied the idea.

Not so Oppo though. Oh no. (See what I did there?) They decided to use a POP UP CAMERA! Check it out… check it out right now

Oppo Find X. We dont need no stinkin notch! BEHOLD! THE POP UP CAMERA!

That footage comes from the YugaTech YouTube channel and I’ve embedded the whole video a little lower down. Now, this particular phone marks the start of an expansion into Europe, with their Flagship being launched at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The handset has a really rather beautiful “panoramic arc” screen with a mahoo-sive 6.42″ 19.5:9 panel giving a 93.8% screen-to-body ratio. That’s just nuts isn’t it? It’s also got a resolution of 2340×1080 @ 401ppi.

Oppo Find X. We dont need no stinkin notch! BEHOLD! THE POP UP CAMERA!

Inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) but… come on, we just love their “stealth 3D cameras”. There’s dual 16 megapixel and 20 megapixel cameras plus an AI camera interface system. Up-front Oppo have embedded a secure facial recognition system on their 25 megapixel selfie shooter.

Ready for some more specs? Oh yeah. There’s 8GB of memory on this thing and a massive 256GB storage. There’s a Lamborghini version of the device (yes, Lamborghini) with 512GB of storage instead. The regular version weighs in at 186g and measures 156.7mm x 74.2mm x 9.4mm, it’s got a fast charge 3730mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi and ColorOS 5.1 (Android 8.1). It’s going to be available in “Bordeaux Red” or “Glacier Blue”.

Oppo Find X. We dont need no stinkin notch! BEHOLD! THE POP UP CAMERA!

If you’re interested in this one, Oppo tell me that France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will be the first to get it. Oh yes, and they stuck some 3D Emoji action in their too. They call it “Omoji” and you can basically have your own cartoon character face which tracks your expressions, then you can send to friends. Get all the details on the product page here. It’s going to cost a bit though, even the non-Lamborghini model is €999 and ships in August.

Come on now, time for that video..

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Running low on juice? Strap a brick to your phone!

Running low on juice? Strap a brick to your phone!Good morning you good people. How’s things eh? Good?

Great. Now, we’ve had an email from “Joe”. He’s from a company called Brickspower. They do these wireless charging bricks which attach to the back of your phone. Then it’ll wirelessly charge your phone. Magic eh? No need to hunt out a power source or faff around with a cable. It’ll just magically trickles the juice into the rear-end of your phone.

For those of you who don’t have wireless charging, there’s a “receiver accessory” which we can’t seem to find a photo of, but I presume it’ll be the same kinda thing but with a tiny cable to plug into your charging port.

Running low on juice? Strap a brick to your phone!

Joe tells us that…

The design concept of Brickspower comes from the bricks, colourful and creative, you can combine the charger and the battery just like bricks. We also developed the stickers with the nanostructure, which can use infinite times. Unlike many other wireless chargers, Brickspower does not require a highly accurate position match. The nanotech equipped sticker guarantees a continuers charging process, and it is the real portable wireless charger.

I think what he’s trying to say there is that you can basically stick them onto your phone quickly and easily. Head to the video on their site for more detail. The project will be launched on Kickstarter around mid June, so if you want one, get onto their mailing list at the bottom of their site.

Running low on juice? Strap a brick to your phone!

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Offline translator now hits the UK. Meet ili

Offline translator now hits the UK. Meet ili
The whole premise of this product, which is £199 from Selfridges, is the fact that you can do quick one-way translations without the need for an internet connection. It’s already proved successful in Japan and the US, with 10,000 orders received in the first three days.

It’s a travel accessory that translate English into three other languages – Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese in as little as 0.2 seconds.

We should mention, however, that apps like Google Translate have had an offline mode for a while now, and they’ll translate in both directions for you too…

Offline translator now hits the UK. Meet ili

Plus, with everyone in the EU enjoying cheap roaming we’re now familiar with having data enabled anyway. If you’re somewhere else and don’t want to use data then yes, with the likes of Google Translate there is a certain amount of prep work – you need to ensure that you’ve downloaded the offline translation before you need it.

Offline translator now hits the UK. Meet ili

The people behind the product tell me..

During testing, 80% of travellers using ili preferred to use the device as a one-way translator finding it helped to avoid unnecessary back-and-forth miscommunication.

So yes, just to be clear, this will only let you translate your English into Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin. You won’t be able to translate, for example, what the Spanish taxi driver responds to you with.

It weighs just 42g and can be worn around the neck or you can put it in your pocket. Head to their website for more infromation

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Vodafone kicking off 5G trials already

Vodafone kicking off 5G trials already
Seven cities will become 5G test areas for Vodafone. Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester will then see deployments beginning in October. Vodafone will be pushing “Gigabit UK”, where customers can enjoy ultra-fast connection speeds of one gigabit per second via 5G.

Across those cities, engineers are already laying the groundwork at more than 40 sites. Vodafone won the largest block of 5G spectrum in the recent Ofcom auctions and tested it a week after. For us lot, we’ll have to wait a little longer. The full commercial launch of 5G is expected in 2020, when there’ll actually be 5G handsets to work with it too.

Vodafone will also be offering gigabit-capable ‘full fibre’ connections direct to homes in Aberdeen, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Stirling towards the end of 2018.

All of this – the 5G and the home fibre connections – will be hooked into a new nationwide, all optical fibre core network which Vodafone are calling “RedStream”. This will connect together 1300 broadband exchanges and nearly 1600 other locations.

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Coolsmartphone Podcast 229 We Git Back On Track

We are known for going off track on the Coolsmartphone Podcast. That’s probably one of the main reasons you listen to us. This week Matteo, Khellan and Majid did their best to get back on track.

Not only did the Tenacious Podcasters discuss the Xiaomi Mi 8 launch and the OnePlus 6, they even went off track to speak of the GitHub acquisition and pretty much stayed there for the rest of the episode.

Thanks for listening, and please provide any feedback on Twitter.

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