Phones with 1TB Storage Coming Thanks to New Samsung Chip

Samsung has a new storage chip for phones that can hold twice as much data in the same space as last year’s chip, and enables faster data access. The new embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1 chip can store 1 TB (1,000 GB) of data, in the same size as Samsung’s 512 GB eUFS chip introduced in late 2017. 1 TB is enough for over 43 hours of 4K video. The new chip is also up to 38% faster at reading data, and up to 25% faster at writing, compared to Samsung’s 512 GB chip. eUFS chips provide internal storage for phones, which is distinct from RAM and removable memory cards. If the past is any indication, Samsung will likely use the chip in its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S 10, which is slated to be announced on February 20th.

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Honor View20 – Desktop Mode Demo

If you’re a regular, you may well remember the Huawei Desktop Mode Feature we did. This was a close look at the rather cool feature on the Mate 10 which gave you a desktop output through the USB-C connector.

You need a little box to make this work – in my case I used this Inateck USB-C hub, which lets you charge your phone and stick in a load of other cables plus microSD cards. Whack in a VGA cable, a HDMI cable, a standard USB device or two and then turn your phone into a computer.

However, the rather excellent Honor View20 has the same skills. Instead of the EMUI Desktop, you get the Magic Desktop, but the whole thing is roughly the same.

Honor View20   Desktop Mode Demo

So, the other night I found myself in a hotel room. I’d forgotten my laptop but I did have (rather conveniently you might say) a keyboard, a mouse and a HDMI cable. So, if you combine that lot with the USB-C hub I mentioned before, you can either project your standard Android screen or you can put a desktop-style interface on.

Now… The thing is.. Umm… what happened here was, erm, how should I explain? Well, I’ll be honest. I’d been to the bar for a number of hours before filming this. You may, quite possibly, be able to detect that I’m a little worse for wear.

Honor View20   Desktop Mode Demo

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Yeah, sorry about that. Still, it shows that you can use a range of Android apps on desktop mode (plus you can switch to the normal Android interface if they don’t function a you’d expect), plus you can browse, write emails, compose tweets and do a bit of work from your hotel room without needing a laptop. Nice eh?

Get the full Honor View20 review if you’re looking to buy this phone.

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Unlimited Everything for £20 a month – on Three

Unlimited Everything for £20 a month   on Three

During the Black Friday sales last November, I managed to bag a cracking SIM only deal from mobile provider Three. The deal is you get unlimited calls, texts, data and tethering for just £20 a month, and now the deal is back for an unspecified amount of time.

This deal comes with all the usual Three perks, including ‘Go Binge’s’ allowance-free use of Snapchat and various streaming services, and free roaming in 71 countries across the world.  The deal is live on Three’s website right now, and while you do have to commit to a full 12 months of Three service you’ll be hard-pressed to find this anywhere else.

The only other network that bothered to offer unlimited data is Virgin, and that’s only available for existing Virgin broadband and TV customers. It’s also £5 a month more than Three’s discounted offering. It’s not clear when this deal is set to expire, so if you’re in the market for a new contract (or you’re annoyed you missed out last time) it’s worth checking out.

There is a clause in the terms and conditions, promising unlimited means unlimited, and there is a 1,000GB monthly data limit imposed to stop people from doing something sneaky like running an entire business on a Three hotspot, but if you stick to only using your phone, you’ll be fine. Unless you go abroad – in which case they cut you down to 15GB.

If you’re interested in this deal, then head over to the Three web page to have a looksee.

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Huawei are playing with the power of AI again…

Last year we reported that Huawei was using the AI technology that they had developed for the Kirin 970. That time around they were using the AI to help a car recognise and then take action to avoid the objects. We were able to actually see this in the real world and Leigh was riding in the passenger seat while it happened. if you want to relive this experience then you can do so by checking the article here.

Huawei are playing with the power of AI again...Well, this year they have decided to use the Kirin 980 to see what they can do but have taken a different path this time around. The project this year has been well a little bit more of a challenge as they have decided that they are going to attempt to finish a piece of unfinished music by a noteworthy composer. Now it is not just any composer in question the sights have been set on Schubert and his infamous Unfinished Symphony No. 8 which has been waiting to be completed for nearly 200 years.

Now to say this will be a unique version of the symphony is an understatement. The Third and fourth movements have been recompiled by using Huawei’s Dual NPU based AI system that was on a specially configured Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Analysing the timbre, pitch and meter of the existing first and second movements of the symphony, the AI model then generated the melody for the final, missing third and fourth movements. Huawei then worked with Emmy award-winning composer, Lucas Cantor to arrange an orchestral score from the melody that stayed true to the style of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.

Now they could just release this music onto the internet via Youtube or on their various social media outlets but that is not Huawei’s style is it. So what they are doing is showing this musical feat off at the Cadogan Hall in London on Monday 4th February. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the event this time around but rest assured it will be an insightful and potentially emotional performance.

HUAWEI USES THE POWER OF AI TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF WHAT IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE AND FINISH SCHUBERT’S ‘UNFINISHED SYMPHONY’

 

Huawei set to unveil unique version of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 with live performance in London

 

View the video teaser for Unfinished Symphony here.

 

 

Huawei, the global technology leader, has – for the first time ever – combined the power of AI and human expertise to compose the final two movements of Schubert’s famous Symphony No. 8. Commonly known as the ‘Unfinished Symphony.’ The ‘Unfinished Symphony’ has remained incomplete for 197 years and despite numerous attempts it remains one of the most intriguing pieces of unfinished symphonic music of all time.

 

Huawei’s completed version of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 was created by running an Artificial Intelligence model benefitting directly from the processing power of the dual NPU (Neural Processing Unit) in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone – designed specifically with AI-based tasks in mind. Analysing the timbre, pitch and meter of the existing first and second movements of the symphony, the AI model then generated the melody for the final, missing third and fourth movements. Huawei then worked with Emmy award-winning composer, Lucas Cantor to arrange an orchestral score from the melody that stayed true to the style of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.

 

“At Huawei, we are always searching for ways in which technology can make the world a better place. So we taught our Mate 20 Pro smartphone to analyse an unfinished, nearly 200 year old piece of music and to finish it in the style of the original composer,” commented Walter Ji, President CBG, Huawei Western Europe. “We used the power of AI, to extend the boundaries of what is humanly possible and see the positive role technology might have on modern culture. If our smartphone is intelligent enough to do this, what else could be possible?”

 

Lucas Cantor, Composer said: “My role was to draw out the AI’s good ideas and fill in the gaps to ensure the final output was ready to be played by a symphony orchestra. The result of this collaboration with AI proves that technology offers incredible possibilities and the significant and positive impact it can have on modern culture.”

 

The final, Huawei-completed piece will be brought to life with a live performance at the iconic Cadogan Hall in London on Monday 4th February.

 

Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor is considered to be the archetypal ‘Unfinished Symphony’. Musicologists are still in disagreement as to why Schubert failed to complete the piece, some cite his ill health, others claim that he was distracted by his follow up piece of work, but what is agreed upon is that he was charting new musical terrain with the piece.

 

Further information and the finished symphony can be found via:

https://consumer.huawei.com/uk/campaign/unfinishedsymphony/

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Bluetooth Beacons Ensure Seamless Navigation Through NYC Tunnels

Waze has installed a series of new Bluetooth beacons in NYC tunnels that permit accurate positioning for drivers using smartphones for real-time navigation. GPS signals generally don’t reach into tunnels. The Waze Beacons permit better functioning of Waze apps, as well as any other location-based apps, including Google Maps. Drivers need only ensure that their phone’s Bluetooth is switched on to take advantage of the beacons. The Waze app will prompt users to activate Bluetooth when driving a route that includes a beacon-equipped tunnel. The NYC installation includes 313 beacons installed in the Queens Midtown and Hugh L. Carey Tunnels. Google-owned Waze has installed over 3,000 such beacons in over 60 miles of tunnels, in cities including Chicago, Boston, and Pittsburgh. The beacons use Eddystone technology over Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), permitting 4-year battery life.

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Apple Temporarily Disables Group FaceTime to Address Major Privacy Bug

A massive bug in Apple’s new Group FaceTime feature allowed callers to listen in on people before they answered an incoming FaceTime call, and in some cases even see live video. Apple has already moved to prevent the issue from affecting users by turning off the Group FaceTime feature altogether, for all users, apparently with a change to its cloud systems. Before Apple acted, anyone running iOS 12.1 could exploit the bug by initiating a FaceTime video call to their target, then making it a Group FaceTime by adding their own phone number to the call. The caller would then receive audio from the other end, and if the callee pressed the power button to dismiss the incoming call, it would instead trigger live video to be sent to the caller. The issue also affected FaceTime on MacOS. Apple has acknowledged the bug and promised a software update to fix it this week.

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US Gov't Indicts Huawei for Stealing Trade Secrets from T-Mobile

The US government is pursuing a criminal case against Huawei for stealing the design for — as well as actual parts and software from — a unique phone-testing robot developed by T-Mobile USA. The gov’t alleges that Huawei offered bonuses for employees to steal such trade secrets, and obstructed justice in a related civil case. A Seattle grand jury returned a 10-count indictment for theft of trade secrets conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice. The robot in question is called “Tappy” and simulates human fingers activating a set of actions on a phone being tested. The theft occurred in 2012 and 2013. T-Mobile pursued a civil case against Huawei in 2014 and in 2017 a jury awarded T-Mobile $4.8 for Huawei’s breach of contract. In the civil case, T-Mobile alleged that Huawei employees authorized to use Tappy snuck another, unauthorized Huawei employee into T-Mobile’s labs to photograph Tappy. A Huawei employee also stole one of Tappy’s “fingers” and copied some of its software. T-Mobile provided surveillance photos to back its claims, and Huawei admitted to several of the allegations. Under the maximum sentencing provisions applicable to corporate entities, Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit Trade Secret Theft are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000,000 or three times the value of the stolen trade secret, whichever is greater. Wire Fraud and Obstruction of Justice are punishable by a fine of up to $500,000.

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Bluetooth 5.1 Adds Spatial Awareness

The newest version of Bluetooth adds Direction Finding, which enables a Bluetooth LE device to determine the location of another nearby Bluetooth LE device with accuracy as good as 1cm. Direction Finding requires that one of the two Bluetooth LE devices have multiple Bluetooth antennas. Two new Bluetooth profiles enable the capability: Asset Tracking Profile (ATP) and Indoor Positioning Profile (IPP). In phones, ATP requires multiple Bluetooth LE antennas in the phone, and enables the phone to determine the direction and distance of nearby Bluetooth LE tags. Such tags might be attached to valuable or easily-lost personal property, or used in settings such as museums, to enable apps to show info on items as you point your phone at them. (Previously, phones could only determine the relative proximity of Bluetooth LE tags, not their direction or precise location.) Phones that support the new ATP profile are not expected until 2020. The IPP profile enables a form of “indoor GPS” with centimeter-level accuracy. It does not require multiple antennas in the phone, but does require new location beacons installed in indoor locations — such as malls and airports — that contain multiple antennas and explicitly support IPP. Some existing phones may be upgradeable to support IPP. Bluetooth 5.1 includes a several other minor performance improvements, but Direction Finding is the primary new feature.

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Nokia Phones Return to US Carriers

Nokia phones are back on US carrier store shelves as of today. The Nokia 3.1 Plus goes on sale today with Cricket, and Verizon will start selling the Nokia 2 V on January 31st. The announcement was made today by HMD Global, the independent company formed by ex-Nokia employees when Nokia stopped making its own phones. HMD licenses and has exclusive use of the Nokia brand for phones. The company plans additional phones for US carriers this year. “Our approach to operator relationships is not transactional — our users will see more devices at different price points launching with our prepaid and post-paid wireless prover [sic] partners and on the open market”, said Maurizio Angelone, Vice President Americas for HMD Global. The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a tall (2:1) 6-inch HD screen, 3,500 mAh battery, fingerprint reader, NFC, and Snapdragon 439 processor with 2 GB RAM. It has dual rear cameras including a 13 megapixel main sensor. It sells for $160 from Cricket. The Nokia 2 V has a huge 4,000 mAh battery for “two-day battery life”. It also has a 5.5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 425 processor, 8 megapixel main camera, and 8 GB storage plus a memory card slot. Pricing was not announced for the 2 V.

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T-Mobile Finally Launches Hotspot That Supports Its Whole Network

T-Mobile today launched the Coolpad Surf, its first mobile hotspot device to support newer LTE bands 71 and 66. Band 71 — AKA 600 MHz — became a large and important part of T-Mobile’s network in 2018. Band 71 provides much-needed extra capacity in dense urban areas, and extended coverage elsewhere. T-Mobile has been offering phones with band 71 since November 2017, but before today, T-Mobile’s only mobile hotspot device was the Alcatel Linkzone, which only supports older LTE bands 2, 4, and 12. The Coolpad Surf has a 2,150 mAh battery that should provide 5.3 hours of continuous use. It sells for $72, or $3/month for 24 months.

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