LG Stylo 5 Debuts First on Cricket

Cricket launched the LG Stylo 5 today, an update to LG’s affordable, large-screen phone with a stylus. Compared to last year’s Stylo 4, the new model has Android 9 (Pie) and a slightly larger battery at 3,500 mAh. The Stylo 4 was offered by many US carriers, and FCC filings reveal that the Stylo 5 may also be offered by Sprint, T-Mobile, Metro, and Verizon. The Stylo 5 looks much like the 4 and has many specs in common, including a 6.2-inch full-HD display, 13-megapixel main camera, USB-C connector, 32 GB storage, and a memory card slot. Cricket is selling the Stylo 5 for $230. The Blonde Rose color is a Cricket exclusive; the company is also offering the phone in Platinum Gray.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 now available

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 now available
Ready for a new fitness band? The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4, announced earlier this month, is now available to buy from mi.com/uk and Amazon for a mere £34.99.

What’s different? Well, the Smart Band 4 comes with a full colour AMOLED display, activity and swim tracking and up to 20 days of battery. Ltd stressing about charging and a full colour screen. Boom! There’s also more accurate activity tracking and an almost 40% increase in screen size compared to the earlier model.

Strap it on your wrist and you can check your fitness stats, messages and notifications easily.

Other features include 77 customised themes and 16 million colours on the screen.

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Realme to deliver 64 megapixel shooters

Despite many manufacturers releasing camera arrangements with bigger pixels or just more lenses, there’s long been an association with megapixels and picture quality

Now Realme have revealed a 64 megapixel photo plus a plan to launch a flagship smartphone with a 64 megapixel camera soon.
The quad-camera will be appearing in a Realme smartphone in “the second half” of this year.

Realme to deliver 64 megapixel shooters

Realme are calling the shooter a “ISOCELL Bright GW1”, and is actually a Samsung product. It’ll improve colour fidelity and will enhance light sensitivity. A new “pixel-merging Tetracell technology” works with a “remosaic algorithm” to create brighter 16 megapixel images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64 megapixel shots in brighter settings.

Wait, who are Realme? Good question. They’re a young smartphone brand which was launched just a year ago. They’re said to be the No. 1 emerging brand in India and have expanded globally to many countries such as France, Italy, Spain, UK and other countries.

We’ll have more information when we receive it. Head to www.realme.com/eu for more information

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Now Honor seek to reassure customers

Let’s be honest, Honor and Huawei haven’t had the best time of late. The Trump Trade Termination, as we’re calling it, has caused the likes of Google, ARM and other suppliers to stop dealing with the firms.

Honor, for the unaware, are a Huawei brand, and have been performing well thanks to their well-priced and high-quality phones.

But people are worried. Since the American administration blocked both companies, the media have spun the story and potential and existing customers have gone cold.

Huawei have already sought to allay fears with a large FAQ section on their website, but now it’s the turn of Honor, who have sent us this message…

Now Honor seek to reassure customers

Let’s hope it’ll ease those fears, as both Huawei and Honor are fantastic companies producing some excellent kit.

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Mobile phone gaming – now more popular than desktop. Development and gameplay are changing

Mobile phone gaming   now more popular than desktop. Development and gameplay are changingGaming-Handy Razer Phone” (CC BY 2.0) by Marco Verch

We hit this moment many moons ago with browser share. Gone are the days when the desktop browser was king. We used to design this very website with the desktop or laptop in mind whilst the mobile phone was an afterthought – a nice to have, but never essential.

The same thing happened with consoles and, for decades, people have defaulted to a box under their TV for gaming. The power was there, the controller, the online connectivity, the speed and the graphics capabilities. Getting all that on your phone was something that nobody could ever replicate because smartphones were never powerful enough.

However, as our mobile phones get smarter they’ve become more powerful. This has had a direct impact on the gaming industry, ensuring that mobile phone gaming is now the platform of choice for gamers around the world. It should come as no surprise then that mobile is now more popular than gaming on desktop platforms. A remarkable achievement when you think what mobiles looked like just 10 years ago.

So how has this new mobile revolution affected the development and gameplay of gaming titles that are available to play on your smartphone? Most of us will know that gaming on your phone was first popularized by Nokia with their insanely popular game, Snake. Thanks to the rapid improvement of graphic processing technologies, especially their particularly compact size, smartphone gaming has seen a bit of a renaissance of late, this time with games that offer way more graphics, sound and gameplay.

The charge has been led by other developers too – not just traditional shoot-em-ups, adventure or racing games. The big casino and gamblind outlets have really pushed hard to out-class the competition, with many now playing on the commute or waiting for the bus? As we can see in this cloud casino review, 22 top-end casino game developers now create titles for both mobile and desktop applications.

Enter the Battle Royale 

Indeed, a couple of well-known AAA game developers have recently moved their ever-popular Battle Royale offerings over to mobile devices. Both PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) and Fortnite have recently waded into the mobile gaming market, on the strength of their own IPs alone. In response to both Fortnite and PUBG’s developers deciding to port their games over to mobile devices, battle royale newcomer Apex Legends is also set to follow suit.

Mobile phone gaming   now more popular than desktop. Development and gameplay are changing

PUBG Mobile (CC BY 2.0) by Whelsko

Mobile and AR 

Another interesting example of how emerging technology is driving innovation in the mobile gaming space is the case of Pokémon Go. Although Pokémon obviously has a very strong brand, the fact that mobiles can now accommodate more sophisticated graphics, location tracking technology and more recently, augmented reality (AR) capability, a much-loved franchise has been able to popularise mobile gaming in an entirely new way. As well as getting millions of people out and about to hunt down Pokémon!

What impact will this have on the industry?

As consumers show signs of a preference for playing on the go, the manufacturers are falling into line. Even Razer, the cult PC gaming peripherals manufacturer has got in on the act, making a phone designed specifically for gamers. Engadget says that…

The Razer Phone 2 is without doubt a great phone for gamers. It has a gorgeous, buttery smooth display, punchy and robust sound, and plenty of power and battery life to keep you in the game for longer.

Now that mobiles are moving toward this level of sophistication, the mobile gaming market will surely only increase in popularity and availability.

But whether you prefer to play your games on your mobile device or on your desktop, it’s clear that with the continuing improvement of graphics and processing technology, there’ll be no slow-down of innovation in the years to come.

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Google Makes it Easier to Share GIFs

The Google app for iOS and Android now makes it easier to search for animated GIFs and share them directly to popular messaging apps. When searching for “excited gif”, for example, a new “share GIFs” section in image results will show GIFs based on how likely they are to be shared, and include a “share” button that connects directly to apps including Whatsapp, Android Messages, Gmail, and Hangouts. The feature is also available in when searching Google in Chrome on Android.

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AT&T Launches 5G in Las Vegas

AT&T has launched mmWave 5G service in Las Vegas, bringing the total number of AT&T 5G cities to 20. AT&T’s 5G network is so far only available to business customers.

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Verizon Lanches 5G in Denver, Providence

Verizon’s 5G network launches today in Denver, and will launch in Providence on Monday, July 1st. The two cities join Chicago and Minneapolis for a total of four cities where the company offers 5G service. The networks only cover the most central areas of each city. Because Verizon’s 5G network only uses mmWave frequency bands, each “tower” only covers a few hundred feet and the signal does not work well indoors. But mmWave can offer higher peak data speeds than is possible with lower (sub-6-GHz) frequency bands. Verizon has promised to launch 5G in “30-plus” cities by the end of 2019. The company offers multiple 5G phones: the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50, as well as the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto z3 and z4. Verizon offers its 5G phones to all customers nationwide.

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StorySign from Huawei gets a new Story added

StorySign from Huawei gets a new Story addedLast year we talked about an app that had been developed by Huawei and the British Deaf Association called StorySign. This is an app that helps young children to read stories via the use of sign language which is provided to them via an Avatar called Star which is present on the user’s phone. Last year this was limited to a story called Where’s Spot. This year due to the investment that I wrote about last year a new story has been added to the library that is available to get.

The new book is called The Lonely Penguin and it was unveiled to the Year One class at the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children in London by Ben Cohen who is a legally deaf ex Rugby player and was a participant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. Ben was there to help launch the new story and show them how to use the app. Now without further ado, I will let the real Star of the show (and Ben) take over.

StorySign continues to develop and will be launching new storeys in the coming months of 2019. It is a testament to the research and work that has been put into this software by both the BDA and Huawei. Its an app that can be used on all Android devices but it has been optimised to be used on Huawei one from the Mate 20 Pro onwards.

I have been having a look at the reviews for this app on the Play Store just to give me an idea of how it is being received and the overwhelming response is that it is very good but does need to have some expansion to the story’s that are available. This is why it is important that StroySign continues to get investment from not just individuals like ourselves but by larger companies.

I really hope that some of the larger publishers join Penguin Random House in getting on board with this project and allowing more story’s to be signed by this awesome tech to bring the joy of reading to more kids with hearing disabilities.

StorySign from Huawei gets a new Story added

If you want to find out more then head over to www.storysign.com and read up on it there or if you feel compelled you can make a donation to the BDA to further the cause.


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When is it the right time to bin your smartphone?

Back in the day, people used to replace their phone every single year. Once a shiny new model came around, they would toss their old model away. Now that phones are no longer the size and shape of bricks, you may be wondering how long you should wait before you go shopping for an upgrade.

When is it the right time to bin your smartphone?

How long should you wait before getting an upgrade?

Well, you’re going to want to wait more than a year to get a replacement. One of the main reasons why you should wait longer to upgrade to a new model is that smartphones are better and faster nowadays They’re not as simplistic as they were befor.

Smartphones have incredible screens, high speeds, powerful batteries, lots of storage and plenty of exciting features. The versions a year later will have some upgrades in looks and performance, but they’re not different enough to compel you to give up your current phone.

Smartphone prices have also gone up. For instance, the iPhone XS Max/256GB launched in 2018 cost over £1,000 and is just as expensive now. That’s before you even consider additional payments for phone bills, insurance and accessories. If you get another iPhone after a year of using the XS Max, you essentially paid nearly £100 per month just to use the device. Keeping your phone for a few years guarantees that you’re getting your money’s worth.

If you’re looking for an exact time-frame, the experts at Tom’s Guide say that your flagship phone should last you 2 to 3 years before needing a replacement. By then, the phone’s performance will have dropped when compared to the competition, but you will have made the most out of your investment.

When is it the right time to bin your smartphone?

What can you do to make it last that long?

If you want to extend the lifespan of your phone, you’re going to need to get it some protection. Nothing makes a phone more tempting to replace than a cracked screen. Start by getting a high-quality screen protector that can withstand some serious impact. Shop around and read user reviews. You want to see comments from people in awe that their phones survived accidental drops and slips completely unscathed. I see so many people using phones with broken screens on a daily basis purely because it costs so much to repair the screen that many just put up with it.

After applying the screen protector over the touchscreen, you’ll need to give the rest of the phone some coverage. Get a premium vinyl skin to keep damage at bay, including scratches, scuff marks and ugly stains. If you want to have a phone that doesn’t look like it’s ready for retirement,check out dbrand— they have lots of exciting and vibrant patterns to choose from. Now you’ll have a phone that’s secure and stylish. Best of all? Adding a skin / cover and screen protector will make your phone worth more if you decide to trade it in.

Another way to extend the lifespan of your phone is to never miss updates for the system and individual apps when they’re available. Running the updates will save on battery life, improve the performance and patch up vulnerabilities. Check your settings to see if your phone is running on the latest version and stop swiping update reminders away.

You should also avoid viruses and malware by refusing to download any suspicious or unverified apps. Installing the wrong app could result in an infected device with snail-like performance, draining battery and malfunctioning features. Worst of all, some forms of malware will try to access sensitive data like passwords, contacts or banking information.

Other important ways to extend the lifespan of your phone:

  • Keep it away from water!
  • Don’t expose it to extreme temperatures on holiday!
  • Delete content that you don’t need. Tidy up!
  • Turn off apps running in the background

You’ll notice when things start to go south with your phone. You might see storage space reducing, the performance is slower and the battery races down to zero after every charge. If you’re within the time-frame of two to three years and scrolling through your smartphone is becoming a chore, you should accept that it’s finally time to get an upgrade.

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