AT&T Picks up Rugged Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2

AT&T today launched sales of the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2, an extra-rugged Android phone with waterproof body and a non-incendive rating. The 5-inch, full-HD display works through gloves and when wet. It has a 13-megapixel main camera plus wide-angle camera, fingerprint reader, NFC, barometer, memory card slot, wireless charging, and fast charging via USB-C. It utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 4 GB of RAM and supports LTE Cat. 9 on all AT&T bands, including band 14 supporting FirstNet, as well as bands 29 and 30. It’s powered by a 3,240 mAh non-removable battery. Verizon launched its own version of the phone in November. AT&T is offering the DuraForce Pro 2 today via online and business channels for $450.

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An afternoon with a Tesla Model X

I was very lucky today that, thanks to David Wildman of Btekt, I was able to spend the afternoon with a Tesla Model X in stunning blue.An afternoon with a Tesla Model X

The car is a true technological marvel, and it’s fair to say that I was very impressed with all the gadgetry and cleverness on-board for both he driver and also the passenger. As is the case with all Tesla’s, this car has everything a normal car has, but with a whole load of extra talent and tricks. To explain, I need to go into what Tesla is all about.

An afternoon with a Tesla Model XI don’t see Tesla as a car manufacturer. I see them more as a software company that just so happens to work in both the vehicle manufacturing world and also the energy world.

Led by the enigmatic CEO Elon Musk, the company is constantly striving to make your Tesla better every day via over-the-air software updates. These updates will bring various additions and updates to the cars, such as cool little Easter eggs like “party mode”.

I had a good chance to have a look around the car and also to drive it a little bit while we were preparing the footage for this short film …

I am not going to do a review of this car, as that would be unfair to the car and also to David who was kind enough to let me come down and have a play for the afternoon. He will be doing a full review for the Btekt channel so I would encourage you to check it out over there.

An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X
An afternoon with a Tesla Model X

Maybe in the future, we’ll be able to get Tesla to loan us one of their excellent cars so we can give it a proper test. I’d love to see what makes it tick. Electric vehicles are brilliant, and this is by far and above one of the best examples of the category. I hope to be able to bring you more EV tests in the near future, as after all, they do have a plug and indeed they run on a SIM card, so by essence it may very well be the Coolest of Coolsmartphone’s 🙂

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Want to know about the Huawei P30 Series? Well, here you are…

I’m a little confused by this one, because I’ve just spotted a whole load of stuff about the yet-to-be-announced Huawei P30 Series. It’s to be revealed at a very posh launch event in Paris on Tuesday next week (March 26th).

Want to know about the Huawei P30 Series? Well, here you are...

Trouble is, Huawei themselves have already revealed the thing. Not only that, but there’s also details on the new “Super Sensing” Leica Quad Camera which has a 10x Hybrid Zoom.

There’s also details on the freebies that you’ll be getting if you buy either the Huawei P30 or the Huawei P30 Pro – a Huawei Watch GT Active Edition and a JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth Speaker. The details come from the Singapore Huawei launch page, which details the fact that it’s got a trick colour finish which (wait for it)…

Draw(s) inspiration from the miraculous sky, (mirroring) the transfixing colour of light and space.

You can also …

Witness the beauty of a rosy dawn, mid-day sky, the mysterious Aurora and darkness of night.

Want to know about the Huawei P30 Series? Well, here you are...

We’re just going to translate that as “a very funky colour finish which reflects a lot and shimmers”. As for the camera, it’s a 40 megapixel main shooter with a Huawei “SuperSpectrum” Sensor. This, on the P30 Pro at least, sits alongside a “periscope” telephoto lens and Huawei TOF (Time of Flight) camera. There’s also a Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens on both models by the looks of it. The camera setup, again on the P30 Pro and very much like the Samsung Galaxy S10 methinks, lets you do a 10X hybrid zoom with an optical image stabilizer and is said to take great night shots with a high ISO.

Want to know about the Huawei P30 Series? Well, here you are...

Video-wise, with two rear cameras working at the same time, you can see a wide shot and a zoomed-in with the “Dual View Video” system that is to come after launch.

More as we get it, but do keep following us on Twitter.

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Get yourself a virtual personal trainer

Get yourself a virtual personal trainer
Wanna get fit? Well, you could join a gym, but that can be pricey (I’m looking at you David Lloyd Leisure.. £100 a month!? Waahh??). So today marks the launch of, according to Kaia Health the “world’s first virtual personal trainer”.

It uses unique motion tracking technology to check that you are actually following the advice and instructions fed through the app, and it can create a personalised fitness plan for you too. The app gives real-time audio feedback for your exercises and can even count how many reps you’ve done. Download the app and get started exercises like the side plank, bridge and reverse crunch. It is available on iOS only right now, and not to be confused with their other apps.

Best of all? It’s all free at the moment.

Get yourself a virtual personal trainer

It works using your smartphone camera and a bit of AI to track your exercises. Developed with physiotherapists and fitness experts, you simply prop up your phone and point the selfie camera towards you. Then, just follow the video instructions. It’ll tracks your activity via a 16-point system to ensure that you’re working as hard as possible.

Maximilian Strobel, Head of AI Labs at Kaia Health, tells us..

Kaia Personal Trainer is a full-body workout in your pocket. It uses tech to offer you the experience of a personal trainer anywhere, with real-time performance metrics – without the expensive personal trainer fees. The app puts users in control of their exercise performance with a virtual personal trainer which accompanies their every step. This fosters more intimate connections, establishing a relationship by becoming a part of their everyday routine and integrating with their fitness goals. We’re incredibly excited by our patent pending AI-powered motion tracking technology and virtual personal trainer as it has the potential to democratise access to a sustainable wellness feedback and fitness training worldwide.

Kaia Personal Trainer is available on smartphones and tablets (iOS 12 only) and can be downloaded via the Apple App Store. It’s coming to Android in a matter of days. The first 7 days of the program are available free within the free trial offer.

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Enjoy the full experience of Fortnite

Enjoy the full experience of FortniteIf you’re a Fortnite fan, then you’ll probably be aware of a few things. First, the buzz around this game just doesn’t seem to fade. It’s still as popular as it always was and now, with the addition of Android and iPhone versions plus cross-platform multi-player, it’s taken a big leap up. The endless success has been covered by major broadcasters and has become a cultural phenomenon.

With high-powered smartphones now letting gamers try out advanced games that were previously restricted to expensive consoles, it’s seen a new era of on-the-go gaming and a removal of the traditional hold that the likes of Sony and Microsoft had on the industry. In addition, games don’t always cost an absolute fortune up-front. This has been key to the run-away success of Fortnite. Like many Android games, the price of “admission” is nothing. It’s free to download, and instead the game will pay for itself with regular subscriptions or other in-game purchases. To get these, you need to get V-Bucks.

Enjoy the full experience of Fortnite

The difference between money from a casino bonus code vs. Fortnite

Now, this is where we need to talk about money, because – as you’ve no doubt seen in gambling apps – you can actually spend (and win) real cash. With these apps your cash is put into an account and, if you’re into your horse betting or football, greyhounds, snooker, roulette etc, you can then place a bet. In betting apps, you’ll nearly always see your real money converted into the same currency. If you look around, you can increase the amount you add to your online gambling account with bonus codes, such as a Bet365 casino bonus code or from a referral website. These will give you more cash to play with and, provided you’ve wagered the amount according to the rules, you can then take it back out again as winnings.

Enjoy the full experience of Fortnite

With Fortnite and many other games, things are a little different. Adding funds to these games will see you change your dollars, pounds or euros into “V-Bucks” or “Coins” or something else. It no longer feels like real money and you lose the value of it somehow. This is where players need to be a little careful, as there’s little connection between 1000 V-Bucks and the actual amount you have to pay into the game to get that. At the moment it’s £7.99 but, in the game, you wouldn’t probably remember that.

As mentioned before, the V-Bucks can get you special moves, dances and outfits. They don’t make any difference to the gameplay, but those wearing more “individual” or “exclusive” outfits will stand out and – as in real life – appear more successful. Such is the popularity of the game there’s now a clamour for anything that makes your character look different or special.

Enjoy the full experience of Fortnite

This, then, is where Honor have again ended up in a bit of pain. You may remember their Honor View20 promotion, which saw customers receive a new Fortnite outfit called “Honor Guard”. Owners of the View20 could simply claim the outfit using a relatively painless process where they submitted their IMEI to the Honor website.

However, it appears that this system was abused and many claim-codes were shared and sold on. The hype around the game resulted in many codes being made available for those who had never touched an Honor View20. In the end, the special Honor Guard outfit was removed entirely and it vanished from the Fortnite game.

Enjoy the full experience of Fortnite

Then, just a number of weeks ago, Honor apologised and issued a new and stricter claims process which meant that having the phone in your hand was essential. They also gave owners the Honor Guard outfit back along with 1000 of those magical V-Bucks as an apology.

However, we can now reveal that the Honor Guard outfit has yet again been removed. This, it would appear, comes after yet more abuse of the system and the wide sharing of accounts and codes which have made it possible for non-owners to get the outfit.

We’ve contacted Honor to get more information about this.

As for those free V-Bucks, it seems that if you did spend them, the item you purchased still remains on your Fortnite account.

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Looks like next week is going to be interesting then. Oh yeah, and Gmail Inbox is closing too

Looks like next week is going to be interesting then. Oh yeah, and Gmail Inbox is closing too
With the epic clusterfudge that is Brexit continuing to develop, we’ve now got a date for Inbox to be killed off too. As we mentioned before, it was destined to the dustbin, but it’s now due to disappear on April 2nd.

Google+ is going too, and your posts, photos and videos are going to be deleted unless you’ve backed them up. Google has blamed “low usage” for the death of Google+, so content will be deleted a week on Tuesday.

Looks like next week is going to be interesting then. Oh yeah, and Gmail Inbox is closing too

Gmail Inbox was loved by many, but now a lot of features have found their way into the regular Gmail app, so that’s getting shut down on April 2nd too. Users of the app have already received warnings about this particular app closing down. The app is still available to download as we type.

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Brexit – A quick editorial

Brexit   A quick editorial
Things are moving uncomfortably quickly here in Britain. It doesn’t matter whether you voted to Leave or to Remain, this mess is not what anybody was promised or expected. The situation, as I type, is that the “Theresa May Deal” is to come back, for a third time, to be voted on. This deal has been defeated in the House of Commons twice and is now famous for having the biggest ever government defeat.

At 9PM this evening, this petition was on 100,000 signatures. It seeks to ask Parliament to simply revoke Article 50. This is being done because, due to the EU only approving an extension to the Brexit process if we approve the Theresa May Deal, there’s a real danger of us crashing out of the EU with no deal at all on Friday. This will cause huge damage, with food and medicine shortages just the tip of the iceberg. This is not Project Fear – this is actually happening now and it will get worse.

Brexit   A quick editorial

The petition already has enough signatures to be debated in parliament, but the amount of signatures is important – getting more is a sign that the British people want this insanity stopped.

“Taking Back Control” seemed like a good idea. But now, some three years later, it’s plain to see that nobody is in control.

Update – The Government website has crashed under the load…

Brexit   A quick editorial

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Opera Browser Adds Free VPN

The Opera web browser for Android now includes a free VPN service, for securing data over untrusted networks such as public Wi-Fi. Opera for Android version 51 includes the feature, which is activated with a simple toggle, requiring no sign-in nor account. Opera lets users choose from one of several VPN server locations around the world, and does not log user activity. Opera for Android also includes an ad blocker. The new Opera app is available now from the Play Store.

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Apple Updates AirPods and Adds Wireless Charging Case Option

The new Apple AirPods have 50% battery life (talk time) and support “Hey Siri” voice commands to let users quickly change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions. Apple also introduced an optional charging case that can be charged on any Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. The new AirPods are available today with the new wireless charging case for $199, or with the older standard case for $159. The wireless charging case is available separately for $79, for customers with existing AirPods. Apple is also now offering free personalized engraving on AirPods. The new AirPods and case are available online today, and in Apple Stores next week.

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Stadia is Google's Game-Streaming Service

Google today announced a new, cloud-based service called Stadia that lets people play high-quality games on any device without downloading them. It also caters to people who like to watch others play games, in a way that’s integrated with YouTube and competes with Twitch. The service supports high-end 3D games (such as Assassin’s Creed) at up to 4K / 60 fps, on any device that supports Chrome, including Android phones, tablets, low-end desktops, and TVs with certain Chromecast dongles. It supports existing input devices, as well as a new Stadia Controller that links directly to the cloud via Wi-Fi. The controller has a headset jack, share/stream button, and Google Assistant button. Games run in Google Cloud datacenters, on special Linux-based Stadia instances that have twice the graphics performance of a modern game console such as the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. The YouTube integration allows gamers to jump right into a multi-player game directly from a livestream. It supports advanced split-screen features, and the ability to share a playable game moment with other players with simple links. Stadia also supports cross-platform features to link to other game platforms.

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