Coolsmartphone Podcast 214 Late Rumours

Podcasting Elves, not really an issue any more. We had to make the difficult decision to give them some odd socks we had lying around and set them free. We are now outsourcing the editing of the Coolsmartphone Podcast to some Jawas who lurk under the bridge near Coolsmartphone Towers. Please let us know how you find episode 214 of the Coolsmartphone Podcast, since the Jawa editing team aren’t very good at understanding our instructions.

Coolsmartphone Podcast 214 Late Rumours is now available to download on your podcast client of choice and listen to here on the website. If you want to enjoy Khellan and Matteo’s bloopers, the unedited recording is available on YouTube too. As usual the hosts of this episode are happy to interact with you replying with GIFs, so don’t hold back your tweets:

We will release episode 215 of the Coolsmartphone Podcast in the next few days, so it might be worth taking the dog for an extra long walk or taking the rowing machine at the gym a bit more often. Happy listening!

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  • Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging

    Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone. According to AT&T, the Apple Watch Series 3 is compatible with its NumberSync service, allowing people to make and receive phone calls from their main mobile number on the wearable. In addition to calls, NumberSync allows people to send/receive text messages from their main number directly on the smartwatch. The phone does need to powered on somewhere in order for the service to work. NumberSync is built into AT&T’s network, so it doesn’t require third-party apps in order to function properly. AT&T charges a $10 per month fee to add the Apple Watch Series 3 to an existing data plan. NumberSync is included for free. AT&T said it will waive the customary activation fee for the Apple Watch Series 3. Verizon Wireless customers will enjoy similar functionality via Verizon’s NumberShare technology, which also allows people to make calls and send messages directly from their wrist over the cellular network. Like AT&T, Verizon is charging $10 per month to add the Apple Watch Series 3 to an existing plan. T-Mobile, too, has a $10 Apple Watch Series 3 plan that includes one-number calling from either the phone or the watch. Sprint has not yet detailed a similar service. The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE goes on sale September 22 for $399.

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    ACLU, EFF File Lawsuit Over Warrantless Phone Searches

    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have sued the Department of Homeland Security for searching American citizens’ smartphones at the border without a warrant. Specifically, the groups say the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies have delayed citizens’ entry into the country lest they give up smartphone passwords. In some cases, Customs held onto the devices for weeks and months at a time. The ACLU and EFF, which have filed lawsuits on behalf of a dozen impacted Americans, say the searches violate the Fourth Amendment. “People now store their whole lives, including extremely sensitive personal and business matters, on their phones, tablets and laptops and it’s reasonable for them to carry these with them when they travel,” said foundation attorney Sophia Cope. “It’s high time that the courts require the government to stop treating the border as a place where they can end-run the Constitution.” The Department of Homeland Security contends it has a right to inspect all goods entering the country. Many U.S. courts have sided with the Fourth Amendment on this issue, requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching the contents of mobile devices. The ACLU and EFF filed their case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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    Apple Unveils iPhone X with Face ID, 3D Sensors, and More

    Available for pre-ordering starting Oct. 27, Apple’s next-generation iPhone, the iPhone X, will set buyers back $999 or more. The 10th anniversary iPhone will hit stores on Nov. 3, arriving with a slew of new features including Face ID, 3D animated emoji, and the “most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone.”

    Apple unveiled its latest device during a live event yesterday at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif. And, just as Microsoft did in going from Windows 8 to Windows 10, Apple decided to skip a generation in its device numbering system, going straight from the iPhone 8 to the iPhone X (pictured above and pronounced “ten”).

    Other new devices debuting at yesterday’s event were the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, and the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular capabilities.

    Face ID Raises Privacy Concerns

    Featuring an all-glass front and back and wrapped in a narrow band of stainless steel, the 5.8-inch iPhone X comes with Apple’s first-ever OLED display, as well as wireless charging capabilities, dual rear cameras, and a front-facing TrueDepth camera that supports personalized, animated emojis and a new kind of biometric security: Face ID. TrueDepth stems from Apple’s 2013 acquisition of 3D sensing company PrimeSense, which developed the 3D sensor used in the original Xbox Kinect from Microsoft.

    Designed to replace Apple’s fingerprint-enabled Touch ID, which disappeared along with the iPhone’s home button to enable a front face that’s nearly all screen, Face ID lets users unlock their devices and verify purchases through facial recognition technology. However, the security feature did not work as planned when senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi tried to demonstrate Face ID live on stage yesterday.

    According to a report in Business Insider, the failure might have been due to the fact…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Social Media Gets the Word Out During Irma Emergency

    Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys.

    “We all sort of scattered around the country when we evacuated, so we’re trying to stay in touch, by phone, by Facebook, however we can,” said Suzanne Trottier, who left her Key West, Florida home for Virginia almost a week ago as the hurricane approached. “Unfortunately we’ve been really, really looking on Facebook a lot because I have people down there I haven’t heard from,” she said.

    One of those posts Monday morning brought a bit of good cheer: a photo of a friend who had stayed behind, smiling, healthy and dry.

    “Such great news” posted Trottier’s husband Neil Renouf, adding a thumbs up.

    But many questions remain about the situation on the Florida Keys. Irma’s eye slammed into the island chain with potentially catastrophic 130 mph winds early Sunday morning, and more than 24 hours later, friends and family still couldn’t contact people who were riding out the storm. Search and rescue teams were going door-to-door.

    Facebook groups were still forming Monday to help from afar. Evacuees Of The Keys members shared school closure notices, videos of destruction, and many posts from friends and relatives searching for loved ones.

    Leah McNally of Fort Lauderdale, whose mother stayed behind at her home in Tavernier, on Key Largo, was relaying information onto Facebook that she heard through a walkie talkie app, Zello, which has been widely used during both Harvey and Irma.

    “Everything is like a black hole right now but there are people in the keys who are relaying information,” she said.

    Zello was relaying calls for help, and a team of unofficial dispatchers ran rescue operations to hundreds of…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Judge Rules Apple's Lawsuits Against Qualcomm Can Proceed

    Qualcomm has lost another early skirmish in its ongoing legal war with Apple over patent licensing. A federal judge last week denied the San Diego company’s request to prevent Apple from pursuing foreign lawsuits over essentially the same issues that the companies are fighting over in the U.S.

    U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel found that Qualcomm has failed to clear the legal hurdles required for the court to halt Apple’s foreign lawsuits pending resolution of the case in the U.S.

    Besides suing Qualcomm in San Diego federal court, Apple has also brought legal actions in China, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

    Qualcomm asked the court to stop Apple’s foreign lawsuits pending a decision in federal district court on whether Qualcomm has offered Apple a license to its key cellular patents under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms.

    Qualcomm argued that these lawsuits were duplicative — forcing the company to defend itself against the same action in multiple jurisdictions throughout the world.

    If the U.S. court finds that Qualcomm had offered Apple a fair-priced patent license, then the foreign lawsuits would evaporate, according to Qualcomm.

    That’s because such a ruling would validate that Qualcomm had satisfied its “global commitment” to license its core 3G/4G cellular technology under fair terms — rendering Apple’s other arguments moot.

    Apple countered that its foreign lawsuits are not centered on the terms Qualcomm had offered to license its portfolio of thousands of cellular patents.

    Instead, Apple is challenging the validity of Qualcomm patents under laws of each country, and it’s asserting that Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices violate anti-monopoly laws in these countries.

    Curiel sided with Apple, finding that none of Qualcomm’s arguments merited halting the foreign lawsuits.

    The ruling was the third legal setbacks for Qualcomm last week. It also failed to win injunctions to force four iPhone contract manufacturers to resume paying patent royalties –…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Western Digital Opposes Toshiba Sale to Bain-Led Consortium

    Toshiba’s long meandering sale of its computer memory business took another turn Wednesday, as the Japanese nuclear and electronics company’s announcement of a deal with a consortium was immediately met with opposition from U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital.

    Embattled Toshiba Corp. needs the sale of its lucrative NAND flash-memory SanDisk joint venture to survive. But Western Digital has begun legal action, opposing the sale to anyone else.

    Toshiba sank into the red for the fiscal year through March. Its money-losing nuclear business in the U.S., Westinghouse Electric Co., filed for bankruptcy protection in March.

    In the latest move, Toshiba said it entered a memorandum of understanding with Bain Capital Private Equity, which leads the consortium that also includes South Korea’s SK Hynix, and hoped to enter a final decision by the end of this month.

    But Western Digital protested within hours of the announcement.

    “We are disappointed that Toshiba would take this action despite Western Digital’s tireless efforts to reach a resolution that is in the best interests of all stakeholders,” it said in a statement, stressing that it has also offered many proposals.

    Toshiba said it was talking with two others bidders — Western Digital’s consortium and another that includes Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, of Taiwan. Bain has now come up with a new proposal, it said, while noting other negotiations were also ongoing.

    “Toshiba intends to reach a definitive agreement that fully meets our objectives at the earlier possible date,” Senior Executive Vice President Yasuo Naruke said.

    Western Digital, which bought SanDisk last year, has argued the sale might violate terms of the joint venture with Toshiba. Such sales can be sensitive because they involve the transfer of technology.

    Toshiba had said in June its preferred bidder was the Bain consortium, which also includes Innovation Network Corp. of Japan and the Development Bank of…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    VeloCloud Extends Global SD-WAN Market Leadership

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 13, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced it continues to strengthen its global market lead as the SD-WAN technology of choice for Service Providers with 50 paying Service Providers and the new VeloCloud “Ready Set GO” Program, which turns up an end-to-end Service Provider SD-WAN solution in 30 days or less.

    VeloCloud, a 100-percent channel driven company, also crossed the 1,000 paying enterprise customers milestone as a result of its global network of more than 150 channel partners, including System Integrators, Value Added Resellers, Managed Service Providers, and Service Providers. VeloCloud Powered™ Service Providers span a footprint comprising Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers globally.

    Some of the Service Providers who have previously announced their choice of VeloCloud for Network Integrated SD-WAN and Over the Top (OTT) SD-WAN include several of the world’s largest Service Providers, including AT&T, Sprint, IBM, CHT Global, CBTS, GTT, Global Capacity, Megapath, NetOne Systems, Macquarie Telecom, Meriplex Communications, MetTel, Mitel, Netregy, Newcloud Networks, Saicom, Telstra, TPx Communications, Vonage and Windstream.

    “Our objective is to provide cloud-based architecture and deliver virtual services via software from the cloud. VeloCloud’s capabilities aligned well with this vision,” said AT&T?EU?s Rosa Maria Boza, Vice President, Enterprise Networking, AT&T Business. “VeloCloud’s virtualized infrastructure supports us in delivering network efficiency and flexibility for our customers.”

    VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN allows the Service Provider to deliver assured application performance, incorporate edge and cloud security and provide simplification via automation using a uniform business policy. VeloCloud SD-WAN is delivered with management, control and data plane services in the cloud, via true multi-tenant, multi-segment Gateways and Orchestrators, and multi-tier management spanning operators to partners to direct enterprise portals. This enables SD-WAN capabilities to be extended directly to service provider private backbones and…
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    Tesla Autopilot Crash: Investigators Fault Driver

    Design limitations of the Tesla Model S’s Autopilot played a major role in the first known fatal crash of a highway vehicle operating under automated control systems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

    The board said the direct cause of the crash was an inattentive Tesla driver’s over reliance on technology and a truck driver who made a left-hand turn in front of the car. But the board also recommended that automakers incorporate safeguards that keep drivers’ attention engaged and that limit the use of automated systems to the conditions for which they were designed.

    Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, was traveling on a divided highway near Gainesville, Florida, using the Tesla’s automated driving systems when he was killed. Tesla had told Model S owners the automated systems should only be used on limited-access highways, which are primarily interstates. But the company didn’t incorporate protections against their use on other types of roads, the board found. Despite upgrades since the May 2016 crash, Tesla has still not incorporated such protections, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

    “In this crash, Tesla’s system worked as designed, but it was designed to perform limited tasks in a limited range of environments,” he said. “Tesla allowed the driver to use the system outside of the environment for which it was designed.”

    The result, Sumwalt said, was a collision “that should never have happened.”

    In a statement, Tesla said “we appreciate the NTSB’s analysis of last year’s tragic accident and we will evaluate their recommendations as we continue to evolve our technology.” The company added that overall its automated driving systems, called Autopilot, improve safety.

    NTSB directed its recommendations to automakers generally, rather than just Tesla, saying the oversight is an industrywide problem. Manufacturers should be able to use GPS mapping systems to create such safeguards, Sumwalt said.

    Manufacturers should also…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Getting the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X in the UK. Where from?!

    Getting the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X in the UK. Where from?!

    If you’re well off, you can buy the handsets direct from Apple. The iPhone 8 (64GB) is £699, the 256GB version is £849. You can also pay monthly if you wish, and looking at my bank account, that’s what I’d be doing. Remember though, if you pay the £33.56 per month for the 64GB iPhone 8 handset (over 24 months), you will still need to then get a SIM-only contract, so head to sites like TotalMobileDeals for that.

    Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) is £799 and the 256GB version is £949. For both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, you can pre-order from September 15th and it becomes available on September 22nd.

    The iPhone X is also available direct from Apple. You can pre-order on October 27th and it’ll be available November 3rd. The 64GB base model is £999 and the 256GB version is £1,149. If you want Apple Care on top, then that’ll be an extra £199 on the X, bumping the price up to £1,198 and £1,348 respectively.

    Pricing on the major networks isn’t available just yet, but a quick scan of our inbox reveals that …

    O2 have confirmed they’re ranging the 8 and 8 Plus. Nothing about the iPhone X as yet.

    Vodafone confirmed the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 twins.

    Three UK confirmed the 8 and the 8 Plus and they have mentioned the iPhone X quite a bit.

    EE, as we’ve mentioned earlier, are taking the lot.

    All delivery / pre-order dates are the same as the main Apple site. We’re keeping an eye on the MVNO’s. We’d expect the likes of giffgaff, Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile and other big virtual operators to be taking the phones if it suits their customer base. Let us know if you hear anything.

    Getting the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X in the UK. Where from?!

    Getting the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X in the UK. Where from?!

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