Diggit XL Bluetooth speaker. Ideal for your outdoor adventures

Diggit XL Bluetooth speaker. Ideal for your outdoor adventures
I went camping this weekend and, as usual, took a fairly rugged outdoor speaker. However, after seeing this new Diggit XL speaker pop into my inbox I’m fairly impressed by the helpful little addition – a stake.

It’ll push into the sand or ground to keep the speaker planted and positioned securely.

However, it is nearly £80, so we need to see what we’re getting here. This is an even bigger, more powerful outdoor speaker – based on the original Diggit, which is £39.99.

Diggit XL Bluetooth speaker. Ideal for your outdoor adventures

It has the same design and tactile bamboo finish as the original, but now comes with a beefier 16 W performance. There’s a 24 hour play time, improved IP66 weatherproof resistance and an downlight feature to add some lovely ambience to proceedings.

By raising the speaker off the ground via the removable stake, there’s no muffled sound and you get a clear 360° sound.

Get more information on the KitSound website.

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Pixel 3a available at EE with free Google Home Hub

Pixel 3a available at EE with free Google Home Hub
OK, so Carphone Warehouse are giving you a free laptop if you buy the Pixel 3a. What about EE? Well, anyone buying either the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL on an EE handset plan before May 23rd will get a free Google Home Hub. That’s worth £119.

The handsets, which we’ve detailed here, are relatively cheap too. There’s a £32 monthly plan delivering 10GB of data with unlimited everything else. You can also benefit from EE Service Packs – providing a lifetime device warranty as well as an annual device MOT and service

Both devices can get 4G Calling, Wi-Fi Calling and access the fastest UK 4G speeds.

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Get yourself a laptop if you buy a Pixel 3a with Carphone Warehouse

Get yourself a laptop if you buy a Pixel 3a with Carphone Warehouse
Well, I blew the entire contents of this story in the title, didn’t I?

That’s a fail.

Anyhow, as we mentioned in the earlier story, you can get yourself the new, cheaper Pixel 3a. It’s got pretty decent specs and a very decent price-point. Just £399. However, if you buy either the 3a or 3a XL from Carphone Warehouse, you get to take away a Google Chromebook too.

I use a Chromebook all the time. Love the thing. Open the lid, do your stuff, close the lid. No slow updates, no wasted hours for the Windows patches, it just works. This one is the Acer 16GB 11″ (ACERCB3-132 11) model and you get it if you buy either handset on a SIM-Free or pay monthly plan. The deal is available until June 6th.

Deals with Carphone Warehouse start from £24.99 per month.

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Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL arrive.. and there’s something new

Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL arrive.. and theres something new
The smartphone industry has a bit of a problem right now. First, there’s those expensive high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy handsets, iPhones and Huawei’s. You usually buy them on a contract. However, there’s now cheaper phones that are getting scarily close to the specs of those flagships. They don’t spend as much on advertising, so don’t have that brand-awareness, but the likes of Oppo, Honor, Xiaomi, OnePlus and others are getting more sales thanks to cheaper prices.

Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL arrive.. and theres something new

This, then, could be the driver behind Google announcing a new phone which costs a mere £399. There’s a couple of versions – the Google Pixel 3a with a 5.6″ display and the Google Pixel 3a XL with a 6″ display. The latter costs £469 and you get free delivery on either. Compare that to a regular Pixel 3, which costs a massive £739.

Specs include that latest version of Android which will (this being a Google device) be getting all the latest updates, plus dual-band WiFi, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0 and stereo speakers. Both models are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 CPU (2GHz + 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core), plus there’s an Adreno 615 GPU, 4GB RAM and a 12.2 dual-megapixel rear shooter.

The camera comes with dual-pixel phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilisation and it’s f/1.8. They’re really pushing the camera quality and low-light capability. There’s also an 8 megapixel selfie cam which is fixed focus.

The Pixel 3a has a 3000 mAh battery whereas the Pixel 3a XL comes with a bigger 3430 mAh battery and it gets Qi wireless charging. Both have fast charging via the 18W adapter. It’s available in white, black or purple. Only 64GB storage though, so you’ll have to make full use of the Google Photos cloud storage.

Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL arrive.. and theres something new

Buy online at Google.com or from Argos, MobilePhonesDirect or Carphone Warehouse. EE will also be selling it on a contract basis. If you buy a Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL before May 22nd you get yourself a Google Nest Hub for free!

Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL arrive.. and theres something new

Phew. I got all the way through that without mentioning the iPhone SE..

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Podcast 247 – One day late, but still sounding great

Podcast 247   One day late, but still sounding great
It’s a long, long drive in a 50mph zone today, and I recorded the whole thing twice because the first time I’d forgotten to press record. Doah

    • F1 Car tech. Truly bonkers.
    • Xiaomi pricing.
    • Our rather expansive reviews.
    • Launches! Lots of launches!.
    • How to not use the toll booths

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Google Pixel 3a Series Starts at $399

Google today expanded its Pixel lineup with two mid-range models: the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The new models look much like the higher-end Pixel 3 models and have many of the same features, but use software to bring enhanced quality to more affordable hardware components such as the camera module. Cost savings also come from dropping water resistance, wireless charging, and the wide-angle selfie camera. The processor is Snapdragon 670 instead of 845, and the rear is made of plastic instead of glass. The Pixel 3a has a 5.6-inch display and sells for $399. The larger Pixel 3a XL has a 6-inch display and sells for $479. The phones are on sale starting today from Google. Tomorrow, Google is expanding distribution of its whole Pixel 3/3a lineup to T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular, in addition to Verizon. The Pixel 3a phones include a 3.5mm audio jack, full-HD OLED displays, Night Sight and Portrait modes in the camera app, call screening, a squeeze shortcut for Google Assistant, USB-C, stereo speakers, Google’s Titan M security chip, and a promise of OS updates for three years. The phones support fast charging and come with an 18-watt charger. The Pixel 3a is available in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish.

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Android 10 Brings Live Caption, Dark Mode

Google today revealed some key new features of Android 10 Q. The first is Live Caption, a system-wide feature that uses on-device speech recognition to automatically add captions to any video played on the phone, including video calls. Because it uses new on-device speech recognition, it works quickly, privately, and even offline. A new Focus Mode blocks notifications from a configurable list of “distracting” apps while enabled. A new Dark Mode helps save power on phones with OLED displays. New parental controls built right into the phone’s main settings let parents set time limits for specific apps, set a bed time that can be extended with “bonus time” by the parent, approve new app installs, and review screen time by app. New privacy controls offer more granular control over apps using location data. Q also offers better support for foldable phones. The third beta of Android 10 Q will be available soon for 21 devices from 12 different brands.

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Google Expands Incognito Mode Beyond the Browser

Google today announced that its privacy-oriented Incognito feature will be expanding to apps beyond the Chrome browser. Google Maps and YouTube will soon offer Incognito mode, which keeps Google from tracking and storing your activity and associating it with your Google account. Later this year, Google will also add Incognito mode to Google Search on mobile.

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Google Speeds Up Assistant with On-Device Speech Recognition

Google’s new Pixel phones coming later this year will have a new version of the Google Assistant that brings Google’s speech-recognition system onto the phone itself for up to ten times faster response times, as well as offline capability. Google has shrunk its machine-learning model for speech recognition down to just 80 MB, enabling it to fit on phones. Google is also adding several features to Assistant, such as semi-automated transactions on select web sites, such as reserving a rental car. Google is also adding a new driving mode to Assistant that combines Maps navigation with audio features in a voice-driven interface that minimizes distractions.

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Google Brings 3D Models to Mobile Search Results

Google is adding 3D models to its search results, including the option to use AR to display models at actual size in the space around you. At Google I/O today, Google demoed 3D models of the human body, sneakers, and a great white shark.

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