The Importance of Locking Down Multiple Devices in the Office

Kensington®, has released an article for IT administrators that outlines the critical importance of locking down multiple devices in the office, where more IT theft takes place than many realize. Implementing a first line of defense with physical solutions is a valuable step towards preventing theft that can have a devastating impact on a company, but there are considerations with multiple devices across what is often a heterogeneous environment.

Confidential data leaked from a company device can expose an entire enterprise, costing the company contacts, intellectual property and even clients. A security breach of this nature can scare shareholders, potential investors and customers, all while disrupting workflow and decreasing productivity when employees are without their laptops when lost or stolen.

Cyber security cannot stop devices, and the data inside them, from being stolen from work and employee environments, but something as simple as a trusted physical security solution can prevent nightmare scenarios from becoming reality. With so much at stake, there are many considerations with physical security, such as how to secure multiple devices across an entire fleet of what is often a hetereogeneous environment. Convertible laptops, 2 in 1 machines, hard drives and monitors, desktop sets, POS devices, printers, projectors and more can prove to be a daunting challenge for the IT manager responsible for protecting this equipment.

Advanced security options are available to IT managers looking for physical security solutions that are easy and optimized for all devices, while offering strong levels of protection.

?EU?Different industries have different requirements and should consider custom keying solutions that allow an appropriate administrative level of IT control over equipment, while helping employees safeguard against theft and avoid downtime due to misplaced keys,?EU? said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager, Kensington and author of the guide. ?EU?In many instances, an organization will need a mix…
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Samsung Working On 'Foldable' Note Smartphone

Samsung is developing a variant of its Galaxy Note line that will have a foldable screen. Koh Dong-jin, head of Samsung’s mobile business, said the phone will arrive at some point during 2018 and will feature a bendable display. Koh also noted that Samsung is working intently with Harman to bring artificial intelligence to a speaker-style device. The speaker will be able to play music, as well as conduct other tasks. Koh didn’t say when the speaker device will reach the market. The comments were made during a press conference concerning the Galaxy Note8 handset, which recently went on sale on Korea. The phone has garnered praise from the press. It goes on sale in the U.S. for $930 starting September 15.

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Belkin Active Pro Bag

Back in July, Belkin launched three new BAGS! Yes, I know I said bags, but bags for hardware are usually horrible, nasty, very corporate things. Quite often the traditional hardware bag makes you a target to nasty folk too. Anyway, Belkin launched the Classic Pro, Active Pro and Messenger bags.

The Classic Pro Backpack and Messenger Bag features:

  • Dedicated protection for laptop and tablet
  • Adjustable mesh padded shoulder straps
  • Padded back panel for comfort
  • Internal organisation for ancillary items
  • Accordion-style opening allowing for easy access
  • External pockets for fast access on the go
  • Luggage strap that fastens bag to trolley or case
  • Stylish, professional design

The Active Pro Backpack and Messenger Bag features the above and includes additional features:

  • Water-resistant coating on base to protect contents
  • Reflective strips add visibility in low light
  • Top-loading, upright design stands without support
  • Vertical pockets allow fast access on the go
  • Hidden high-security pocket
  • Loop for bike light
  • Sporty, relaxed design

Our philosophy at Belkin has always centred around people inspired products and our new bag designs are exactly just that. We want to do our part to make living with mobile technology more enjoyable, so it has been exciting to refresh our bag offerings globally,” said Oliver Seil, vice president of design, Belkin. “As our lives are increasingly mobile, bags need to fit all facets of life including work, leisure, travel and school. We created bags that increase functionality and can be used in any environment at any time of the day.”

Well, last week the Active Pro arrived at Coolsmartphone Towers out of the blue and we gave it a test drive. On first impressions, the bag looked a little small but it was designed to carry a 15.6″ laptop, a 10″ tablet and all the accessories that go with it plus my lunch. So, I managed to fit my MacBook Air, iPad Air, my essential work toys, lunch, drinks bottle and umbrella (it rained a lot in the review!). Everything went pretty well. Plenty of pockets and zips. Nice reflective strip down the middle of the bag and very comfortable to wear. Overall a very nice and useful gadget bag.

The Active Pro costs £49.99 from Belkin.

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  • Quick – £6 SIM-only Plusnet plan with 1.5GB of data

    Quick   £6 SIM only Plusnet plan with 1.5GB of data
    Want the EE coverage and reach for a SIM-only deal? Want to pay just £6 every month for 1.5GB of data? Well, if you’re quick Plusnet have a deal which does just that.

    The PR peeps, who offered me a cookie to pimp this plan, tell me that this particular offer only runs until September 18th, which is Monday. The offering also delivers 1000 texts and 2000 minutes of calls. That, when combined with a cheap handset from one of those gadget exchange places, should be enough to keep your son or daughter connected in and out of school, or for anyone looking to reduce the monthly outgoings.

    The price is the same whether you’re a Plusnet broadband customer or not and it’s a rolling 30 day contract, so you can exit whenever you want. Plusnet also have UK customer service, roam like home and a smart cap so you don’t need to worry about inflated bills. Head to the Plusnet website for the details.
    Quick   £6 SIM only Plusnet plan with 1.5GB of data

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  • iPad Pro 10.5” – Review

    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    So the time has come for me to share my opinion of the iPad Pro 10.5”.

    I have been using the device for nearly two weeks now and, I have to say, I am happy bar a few minor niggles here and there.

    Before I dive onto the full-on review, I am going to address the elephant in the room. Cost.

    The latest tablet from Cupertino is by no means cheap. However, when it is stacked up against what is really the only competition (the Galaxy Tab S3), it is not actually that much more.

    What you do have to do here is look at what the iPad ecosystem brings to the party compared to Android. If you are looking to use this as an intermediary productivity tool then it can be done. The same is true of the Tab S3, but more compromises have to be made in terms of software availability with that solution. On the flip side, in terms of hardware expansion, this is where the Tab S3 has the iPad beaten… at least in my book.

    Now that is have got that out of the way, let’s dive in and see what the latest and arguably greatest iPad has to offer.

    Design and Hardware

    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    To say the design of the iPad Pro 10.5″ is not groundbreaking is a little bit harsh, but it has not really evolved very much. I was a bit disappointed initially when I first saw it. Yes, the bezels have shrunk a little, as have the areas at the top next to the camera and the bottom next to the fingerprint sensor/home button. However, I am slightly saddened to see that the home button is still a “thing”. We have got the ability now to get rid of the home button and it is a shame to see that Apple did not implement this change. It would have allowed them to shrink the overall size of the device a little bit more, or make the screen a tad bigger.

    That being said, the screen is a thing of beauty and I am very pleased with the colour representation. I couldn’t really perceive any difference being made by the 120Hz screen refresh that has been spoken about in nearly every other review I have seen. This probably doesn’t matter much due to the fact that I am not a gamer or indeed an artist. Two areas where this higher screen refresh rate will reap rewards. I do like the “Nightshift” mode as it does really make things better when using the tablet at night. I no longer feel like my eyeballs are being burnt as I read whilst in bed!

    One thing that is very important on a mobile computer such as the iPad is the data connectivity. Once again it’s an area where Apple has ticked all the boxes. We have more cellular and wireless connectivity than you can shake a very big stick at. You don’t even need a SIM as Apple have got an embedded Apple eSIM solution. I do have a SIM though (I have got this as part of a network contract deal) and I have not had any issues with getting online where the coverage allows. I have noticed that the loading of web pages and apps that rely on data seem to be quicker than other tablets I have used in the past.

    That brings me to speed of processing tasks and functions. Going from an iPad Mini 1st Gen to this is like stepping out of a Peugeot 105 and into a Bugatti Veyron. The difference is honestly like night and day. Would I say that’s it is faster than my MacBook Air from 2015? Hard to say but it is certainly quicker than some of the other Windows and Android tablets I have been using over the past few years.

    I also just love having the “instant-on experience” of the iPad back again, this is something that started to let me down on the Xperia. The amount of RAM and processor will have a lot to do with this as we are seeing double the RAM of my Xperia. There’s also the newest A10X processor, which is rated at the same performance levels as an Intel Core i5. I have not done any benchmarking as such, but I am very happy with the swiftness of the tablet when it comes to opening apps and performing tasks.

    There’s no real lag when opening web pages and even when I am using multiple tabs on both Chrome and Safari things move along at a rapid lick.

    For those of you who are not familiar with the specs of the iPad, I have put them into a table for you to see below.

    OS iOS (10.x)
    Dimensions 9.87 x 6.85 x 0.24 inches (250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm)
    Weight 16.83 oz (477 g)
    Materials Aluminum
    Display size 10.5 inches
    Resolution 1668 x 2224 pixels
    Pixel density 265 ppi
    Technology IPS LCD
    Screen-to-body ratio 78.27 %
    Peak brightness 600 cd/m2 (nit)
    Features Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
    Camera 12 megapixels
    Flash Quad LED
    Aperture size F1.8
    Hardware Features Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
    Software Features Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
    Settings Exposure compensation
    Shooting Modes Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
    Video 3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps)
    Features Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
    Front-facing camera 7 megapixels
    Features High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
    System chip Apple A10X Fusion APL1071
    Processor Hexa-core, 2380 MHz, 64-bit
    Graphics processor Yes
    System memory 4 GB RAM
    Built-in storage 64 GB
    Type Li – Ion
    Internet use LTE 9 hours, Wi-Fi 10 hours
    Screen mirroring TV-out
    Speakers Stereo speakers
    Additional microphone(s) for Noise cancellation, Video recording
    GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
    UMTS 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
    LTE (FDD) Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
    LTE (TDD) Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
    Data LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
    Nano SIM Yes
    Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
    Notifications Flight mode, Silent mode
    Other features Voice commands, Voice recordingFingerprint (touch)
    Colors Gold, Gray, Silver, Pink

    I think you can agree that this is a fairly comprehensive specs layout. It’s going to more than cover your needs, especially as Apple have thrown in a massive 4GB of RAM. That may not sound big in the Android world (where we are now used to seeing phones with up to 8GB of RAM), and you are correct in that. However, Apple have a long history of putting lower amounts of RAM in their mobile devices as iOS is not as dependent on RAM as Android. Essentially, even though the Samsung Tab S3 has the same amount of RAM, the amount used by each OS is very different. So the iPad Pro will handle the load better. This rings true from my usage so far and makes me quite happy.


    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    I don’t normally cover inputs under a separate category, but I thought that it was worth doing in this instance. The reason being is that Apple are pitching the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement. This is really only going to be the case if you are to buy the additional Smart keyboard cover, or a similar keyboard (others are available).

    Before we dive into the external keyboard though, let’s have a look at the on-screen one. I have always been reasonably happy with the Apple keyboard and that’s still the case. It is great for short typing session, but you wouldn’t want to write long articles on it. I have also been playing with alternative keyboards, mainly the Google GBoard. With Gboard you do get slightly more screen real-estate, as you can make it a little bit smaller. I can achieve reasonable speed and accuracy on the screen partly due to the error correction that Apple provides.

    I was intending on using the iPad Pro for more typing than the occasional email though, so I invested in the Smart Keyboard cover. For the most part, I have been happy with it. This is a well-built keyboard. The travel of the keys is good and it has a nice tactility to it. 

    There are some things that concern me though. The keyboard does not feel particularly stable when using it on the lap and I am paranoid that my tablet is going to fall and smash into lots of small and expensive pieces. I also find that the “globe” button is just where I want to rest my hand when I am typing. This button is tasked with bringing up the language and keyboard switching tool, so if you hit it accidentally, which is easy to do, it can disturb my workflow significantly. The last bug bear is that for a keyboard that is that it’s very loud to type on. I certainly could not be typing on this whilst working in bed, unless I want a black eye from the wife!


    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    This is by far and above the easiest part of the review as there really are only two outputs to speak of. We have the quad speaker array and the headphone jack. Firstly the quad speakers, these are …. well, to be honest … just fantastic. They are far and above the best speakers I have heard on a tablet to date. 

    I have been mightily impressed with the speakers, both in terms of the quality and volume. I was amazed at the amount of punch these were able to deliver. The sound is far better than that delivered by my Xperia Z3. Having four separate speakers does truly make for a great sound experience. Being able to turn the volume up withouth any discernible distortion also made for a very pleasant listening experience. I have tried the Tab S3, which has tuned speakers from AKG, and I’ll be honest, the iPad is better in both quality and volume levels. Kudos to Apple here they have done a good job.

    The other output is the headphones and these are pretty much what you would expect from any standard headphone jack. The tablet does not have any special audio processing software or trickery found on some other competitors. That isn’t to say that is bad but it is not really anything to write home about. If you were to really require a bit more punch than you could hook it up to a DAC and get an improvement that way. For me, I am happy with what I have.


    This is something that I am not going to into in too much depth as I am actually using the iOS 11 beta. What I can say with some degree of certainty is that this makes the tablet much more useful.

    I was quite impressed with the multitasking, and I can get much more work done now. I have used many Android tablets and I was able to work without much in the way of adjustment in my workflow. This is something that I have had to do on the iPad.

    Anyone who has used an iPad before will be used to the locked down file structure. This is the biggest obstruction to me working on the device. Don’t get me wrong it is not impossible, but it is harder than it needs to be. This is one area that I was hoping that the new “Files” app would help to address. Unfortunately, the “Files” app is nothing more than a glorified version of iCloud Drive from the previous interactions of iOS.

    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    The multitasking functions are a massive improvement. This is mainly down to the inclusion of the new dock which has been brought over from MacOS. You can have your most frequently used apps sitting in the dock and the last 3 spots are taken up by the most recently used apps. In addition to the new dock, we also have the new control centre. This is where you are able to switch between your open apps. The actual process of switching apps or adding split-screen apps is now done via gestures instead of the home button. The best way to show these is to see them in a video. So here is the demo video below.. enjoy.


    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    The camera on the iPad Pro is very good, however, it should only really be used for taking a picture as a last resort. This statement may seem confusing, so let me explain. The camera on both this and the iPad Pro 12.9 is the camera from the iPhone 7. This means that you are getting something that can compete with the big boys in terms of quality and speed to focus etc. So why am I suggesting that you don’t use it to take photos?

    The main reason is that the size of the iPad. In either version it’s just not conducive to taking pictures as you will get the inevitable camera shake. That and you will be that guy / girl that people hate as you hold up your iPad to take pictures. 

    Wrap Up

    Now is the time to close the review and come to my conclusion. I will do this by answering two important questions. Firstly, is the iPad Pro 10.5 the best iPad I have used? Secondly is the iPad Pro 10.5 the best tablet for me?

    iPad Pro 10.5”   Review

    The first answer is an emphatic yes! The iPad Pro 10.5 ticks all the boxes on what makes an iPad good it is easy to use. It’s lightweight and powerful. It is great for using for multimedia and it’s a true powerhouse for productivity. Throw in the Smart Keyboard and this allows you to really work well on the go (with some caveats). Add in an Apple Pencil and you also have a (from what I have been told) one of the best drawing solutions on the market. I feel that for most people this will tick the box for what they need from a tablet.

    The answer to the second question is a slightly trickier one. I have been a long time Android user. As such, I am very used to being able to do whatever I like with regard to customisation and file management. These are two areas that iOS is, in my opinion, still lacking. I would love to be able to get into the full file system of the iPad and save things where I want them to go and not where iOS thinks they should go. This is particularly true whilst I am working on articles for I want to be able to pull files and images in from whatever source I see fit i.e. Micro SD card images downloaded from press releases etc. This is something that I cannot do as easily on iOS. Whilst I appreciate that it can indeed be done, it is a laborious process and is not really intuitive. I also like the flexibility of being able to test non-official apps without the feeling that I am “going against the grain”. The other thing that I really miss is the lack of mouse control being available for finer detail adjustment.

    Now I understand this may have a few of you screaming at this review. I also think that you are possibly under the impression that I am crazy, but I just like being able to do the things that I have mentioned above.

    It is for this reason that I can conclude that I am unlikely to stick with the iPad Pro 10.5, and my quest for the perfect tablet will continue. I have already ruled out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 as it the keyboard is a bit too cramped.

    So where does that leave me?

    Well as frequent readers may know we have tested the Lenovo Yoga Book and the Xperia Z4 Tablet, and I think I will potentially revisit these as they have now received a Nougat Android update.

    The other thing that I am looking at is the Chromebook segment. This is moving forward very quickly with the addition of the Play Store and Google seem to be poised to release a new Chromebook Pixel very soon.

    So there we have it, my friend, the hunt continues…..

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  • Sky Mobile adds more data and a new 10GB plan

    Sky Mobile adds more data and a new 10GB plan
    Sitting on top of the O2 network, Sky are pushing hard with their mobile deals. If you’re a TV customer then you do get a slightly better deal, but just now they’ve announced that new and existing customer will get new plans to choose from. Available from Friday, a 5GB and 10GB offering, priced at £15 per month and £20 per month respectively, will be launched.

    These new plans replace the previous 3GB and 5GB plans, but at the same price. Those with Sky still get the ability to roll over unused data to next month and alter contract as and when they feel.

    The new plan and prices are to be made available with the Swap24 and Swap12 plans, plus SIM only plans too. Director of Mobile at Sky, Liz Wynn, tells us..

    We launched Sky Mobile to offer more flexibility and great value – and that’s exactly what we’re doing by introducing our new data plan. 10GB is ideal for people who want to use their phone to do it all – from streaming, browsing and watching to gaming. September is an important month for our customers who want to get their hands on the latest phones, and we’re excited to now give them even more choice and value.

    Head below for more information or click over to

    Sky Mobile boosts data plans with new 10GB tariff and gives customers more data at no extra cost

    Sky Mobile is changing its data plans and launching a new 10GB plan. From Friday 15th September, customers will be able to take advantage of the brand new 10GB plan for £20 a month, or Sky’s 5GB plan at the reduced price of £15 a month (down from £20).

    The new plan and prices will be available on all phones with Sky Mobile’s Swap24 and Swap12, including newly launched devices, as well as SIM only contracts. The changes and increased data plans are designed to give Sky Mobile customers more data at no extra cost.

    Both new and existing customers will be able to choose the new plans from 15 September, with customers on existing £15 (3GB) or £20-per-month (5GB) plans able to easily change their Mix to the amount of data that’s right for them.

    Liz Wynn, Sky’s Director of Mobile, said: “We launched Sky Mobile to offer more flexibility and great value – and that’s exactly what we’re doing by introducing our new data plan. 10GB is ideal for people who want to use their phone to do it all – from streaming, browsing and watching to gaming. September is an important month for our customers who want to get their hands on the latest phones, and we’re excited to now give them even more choice and value.”

    The new plans will retain all the benefits of Sky Mobile; Roll, Mix, Save, Sync and Swap. With Roll, each month any unused data is automatically rolled over into a Sky Piggybank and saved for up to three years, for customers to dip into whenever they like.

    Customers can also choose to change their plan whenever they like with Mix– meaning if they need more or less data they can change their Mix and switch between Unlimited and PAYU Calls and Texts. With Sky Mobile’s Save, Sky TV customers benefit from free Unlimited Calls and Texts.

    With Sync, Sky TV customers can sync Sky+ recordings with their phone to create their own personal playlist to watch wherever they are.

    The new plan and prices will be available on both Swap24 and Swap12. Swap12 allows customers to get the latest model every year, while Swap24 offers Sky Mobile’s lowest monthly price on bestselling phones from Apple, Samsung and Sony.

    More details on Sky Mobile can be found at

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  • The new iPhone. It’ll be expensive. Get used to it.

    Every time I write about the iPhone I seem to upset someone. Look, the new iPhone will be been announced today, so I’m writing about that. However, this same story could also apply to the Samsung Galaxy Note8. That’s £869, which is a lot of money. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is £779. The “regular” S8 is £689. The new iPhone is rumoured to cost anything between £795 – £1000 depending on the model.

    The top-end phones are getting pricier and pricier. The bigger the brand, the more advertising you see, the more expensive the resulting handset seems to be. Likewise, if there’s a bigger screen we’ll often see the price jump too. Sometimes there’s nothing to do with how good the technology is. It’s how it’s marketed, it’s the hype, the perception.

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

    Today, right now, I could fly to China and commission a handset which is technically more superior than anything else on the market. However, without me spending a pot-load of cash and building a hyper-cool brand that everyone lusts over, it’s never going to sell.

    This is how you make money. Sure, you can try sites like Chance Hill to make your money, but if you can build a brand, you’re set.

    Now though, with phones costing £800 – £1000, I figured it’d be fun to see what you could afford for the same money.

    Well, first of all I found this Ford Focus. It’s a decade old and yes, it has a few thousand miles on it, but it has a full MOT for £1000..

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

    How about, for just £800, this Audi A3? This one is a 2003 plate, but it’ll get you around.

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

    How about we raise the bar somewhat? How about getting yourself somewhere to LIVE for the price of a top-end smartphone eh? Yes, I’ve found me a static caravan !!

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

    No, it’s not terrible either. Sure, you’re going to have to find somewhere to park it, but check this thing out. It’s actually really nice.

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

    OK, perhaps you don’t want a static caravan. Perhaps you want to stay where you’re living now. How about a holiday instead? HOw about taking the entire family away and having spending money left over too? Sure, you’ll have to keep your existing phone for a bit longer, but if you switch to a SIM-only deal then you can save money on that too. Boom!

    The new iPhone. Itll be expensive. Get used to it.

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  • What We Know about the New iPhones Ahead of Tuesday's Event

    Apple is expected to unveil three new phones at its big press event tomorrow: the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, both likely to feature the standard LCD display, and the iPhone X, a dramatically redesigned device with a nearly bezel-free OLED screen, Face ID, 3D camera sensors, and new animated emojis. The iPhone X, said to reference the 10th anniversary of the debut of the original iPhone in 2007, is expected to be priced at just about $1,000.

    These and other details about the new Apple devices were found in several leaks that came out over the past few days, including a leaked Golden Master (GM) of iOS 11. The GM is the final version of operating system software made available to developers before a new OS is publicly released.

    In addition to revealing new details about the latest iPhones, Apple is also expected to take the wraps off a new Apple Watch, an updated Apple TV, the coming HomePod intelligent home speaker, a new iMac Pro, and other devices. Set to begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the event will also be the first held in Apple’s new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif.

    Light-Adjusting Display, Animated Emojis

    This weekend’s Apple leaks quashed several earlier rumors that had long been circulating about the company’s latest phones. Previously, the new OLED device was said to be called either the iPhone 8 or the iPhone Edition, while the LCD devices had been expected to be named the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

    In its analysis of the leaked iOS 11 Golden Master, 9to5Mac on Friday said the firmware showed the iPhone X appears to feature Apple’s True Tone display technology. Introduced with last year’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro, True Tone automatically adjusts brightness and color as ambient lighting changes…
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    Apple May Test the Bounds of iPhone Love with a $1,000 Model

    Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that’s become an indispensable part of modern life.

    The unveiling of a dramatically redesigned iPhone will likely be the marquee moment Tuesday when Apple hosts its first product event at its new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California. True to its secretive ways, Apple won’t confirm that it will be introducing a new iPhone, though a financial forecast issued last month telegraphed something significant is in the pipeline.

    In addition to several new features, a souped-up “anniversary” iPhone — coming a decade after Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the first version — could also debut at an attention-getting $999 price tag, twice what the original iPhone cost. It would set a new price threshold for any smartphone intended to appeal to a mass market.

    What a Thousand Bucks Will Buy

    Various leaks have indicated the new phone will feature a sharper display, a so-called OLED screen that will extend from edge to edge of the device, thus eliminating the exterior gap, or “bezel,” that currently surrounds most phone screens.

    It may also boast facial recognition technology for unlocking the phone and wireless charging. A better camera is a safe bet, too.

    All those features have been available on other smartphones that sold for less than $1,000, but Apple’s sense of design and marketing flair has a way of making them seem irresistible — and worth the extra expense.

    “Apple always seems to take what others have done and do it even better,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Creative Strategies.

    Why Phones Cost More, Not Less

    Apple isn’t the only company driving up smartphone prices. Market leader Samsung Electronics just rolled out its Galaxy Note 8 with a starting…
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    Twitter Testing an In-App Tweetstorm Feature

    Twitter built a feature that lets people draft out an entire Tweetstorm, or string of tweets, and then send them out all together.

    The feature was first pointed out by Matt Navara, director of Social Media at The Next Web, on Twitter.

    WOAH! Twitter has a hidden tweet storm feature! — Matt Navarra ⭐ (@MattNavarra) September 10, 2017

    The feature is not yet live in Twitter’s app but it or being actively tested but was found within the Android app by a developer.

    Twitter frequently experiments with new features — some of which are never publicly released — that simplify user behavior the company sees on the app.

    Today, users who want to create a string of connected tweets — or a Tweetstorm — have to manually reply to each of their previous tweets. This feature its testing would allow people to draft all the tweets in the same place, all at once and then automatically send it out as a threaded conversation.

    One of Twitter’s most defining characteristics is that it limits users to sharing no more than 140 characters at a time. Tweetstorms give users a way to try and share longer thoughts in one place in a way that makes it easy for others to follow.

    Twitter has considered expanding the character limit in the past. A few years ago, the company internally discussed raising the limit to 10,000 characters, but ultimately decided to keep tweets shorter.

    Twitter declined to comment.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today