Today is iPhone 8 day! Here’s the best deals

Today is iPhone 8 day! Heres the best deals

The iPhone 8 release date is today, September 22nd. Those of you who pre-ordered can get to your local Apple or network store and collect that shiny new toy right now.

As for everyone else? Well, you can go and buy one out-right. Not a problem, but it’s expensive. The Phone 8 64GB model is £699, whilst the iPhone 8 256GB is £849. I’ve certainly not got that amount of money swimming around my bank account right now, so let’s have a look at the contract deals. It’s the route that most of us take in order to break the cost down into manageable monthly payments.

The iPhone 8 is a great handset, there’s no denying that. However, even ardent Apple fans have to admit that the iPhone 8 is actually more of an iPhone 7S, building incrementally on last year’s model. There’s an improved glass construction, updated camera and an improved display. You also get a faster processor.

Of course, if you’ve got a bit more money and are prepared to wait (and want to really show off), the iPhone X is available soon.

Today is iPhone 8 day! Heres the best deals

You can use our deal-finder to find a plan and network that suits you best. These are all updated daily and there’s some good competitive options available. Here we’re going to look at the iPhone 8 64GB version, which will no doubt be the most popular seller. Don’t forget, as I’ve said before, don’t just upgrade with your current network ! Head to sites like Total Phone Deals where you can compare plans and get better options.

Don’t forget, if you’re waiting for the iPhone X, we’ve spotted some iPhone X deals already.

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  • Review: Alcatel A50 / Pulsemix

    Alcatel’s A50 / Pulsemix is an inexpensive Android device that features swappable rear covers. Care to put on a light show? The LED cover bestows the A50 with colorful patterns on the back that light up with your music. Speaking of music, take advantage of the stereo speakers that snap onto the back of the A50, or charge up your battery with the power pack cover. Here is Phone Scoop’s review of the Alcatel A50 / Pulsemix.

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    VeloCloud Earns Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 21, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ as a 2017 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award winner.

    The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing security in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

    “Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC and Cloud Computing magazine are proud to announce VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN as a recipient of the Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “VeloCloud is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends.”

    VeloCloud has led the SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program, establishing partnerships with the industry’s best-in-class security companies, including Check Point Software, Forcepoint, Fortinet, IBM Security, Symantec, VMware and Zscaler.

    The SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program blends the industry?EU?s most flexible enterprise SD-WAN architecture with the world?EU?s best-of-breed security solutions. VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables enterprises to run advanced wide area networks that incorporate security at the edge, at the data center and in the cloud, all under a single uniform business policy. The resulting secure SD-WAN solution strengthens security by simplification and automation while reducing costs related to box sprawl and manual operations.

    “This Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award from TMC recognizes the continued broad industry momentum and growth of the VeloCloud SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program,” said Steve Woo, Vice President of Products & Co-Founder. “VeloCloud seamlessly integrates best of breed security virtual network functions (VNF) on the Velocloud Edge, via our globally distributed VeloCloud Gateways, and by chaining with cloud security partners. This is driving the next wave of branch…
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    Honeywell Donates Equipment To Aid Mexico Earthquake Relief

    MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Sept. 21, 2017 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has donated $400,000 in personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Mexico Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) to support rescue and relief efforts following this week’s devastating earthquake in Mexico.

    Honeywell, a global leader in safety products, has donated nearly 50,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to support volunteer emergency personnel digging through the rubble of city buildings toppled by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake. Organized by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, the donations from Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions include respiratory and hearing protection, protective eye, face and footwear, fall protection, hard hats and safety gloves.

    “We appreciate the immediate support from Honeywell,” said Brigadier General José Luis Chiñas Silva of SEDENA. “The protective gear is crucial in our efforts to find and rescue citizens as quickly as possible. Every minute counts.”

    “Our thoughts are with the people of Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla who are suffering through this overwhelming and shocking disaster,” said Craig Breese, Honeywell President Latin America region. “We are thankful that we can help SEDENA and the volunteer teams as they tackle the daunting task of helping those in need.”

    Honeywell has 17,500 employees in manufacturing plants, engineering centers and offices across Mexico, including nearly 900 employees in Mexico City.

    The Honeywell products will be used by SEDENA and specialized groups known as brigade “topos,” a professional non-profit Mexican rescue team. Their specialty is searching for victims under the debris of collapsed buildings and providing first aid. This organization began when a group of youths decided to help with rescue efforts in the aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.

    “We are proud to provide equipment that will be put to immediate use by military personnel to support their…
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    Motorola Moto G5S Plus Hits Stores September 29

    Motorola today opened up pre-orders for the Moto G5S Plus handset. Consumers can order the phone from Best Buy, B&H, Fry’s,, New Egg, Ting, and The G5S Plus boasts a metal unibody design, 5.5-inch HD display, and a 3,000mAh battery. It includes a dual 13-megapixel arrangement with features such as selective focus, and black-and-white image capture. The G5S Plus adds an LED flash to the front of the phone for improved lighting via the 8-megapixel selfie cam. The phone includes the latest software features from Motorola, including Night Display and Quick Reply. The device will ship starting September 29. The Moto GS5 Plus comes in gray or rose gold. The 32 GB version costs $229 and the 64 GB version costs $299.

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    Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments

    Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place. Users need only sign in to gain access to their work apps and data. The new zero-touch enrollment tool is available on handsets purchased from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. Google is working with Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG, HMD Global, BlackBerry, HTC, Motorola, Honeywell, Zebra, and Sonim to ensure a wide selection of devices support zero-touch. Google indicated the Huawei Mate 10 and Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will be among the first devices to support zero-touch in the coming weeks. Businesses will be able to use a wide range of enterprise device management tools from the likes of BlackBerry, MobileIron, IBM, Suite, and VMware to configure zero-touch. Google encouraged businesses that are interested in zero-touch to contact their carriers directly.

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    Instagram Adds Face Filters to Live Video

    Instagram today made it possible for those broadcasting live video to play with face filters in real time. Broadcasters need only tap the face icon in the bottom right corner before or during their live stream to add filters. Instagram says users can play around with as many filters during their broadcast as they like. Live broadcasts can be shared to stories for replaying or discarded. The feature is rolling out worldwide to Instagram mobile for Android and iOS over the next several weeks.

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    Google Pays $1.1B To Acquire HTC's Pixel Team, Intellectual Property Rights

    Under a $1.1 billion collaboration agreement announced today, HTC employees who helped develop Google’s Pixel smartphone will soon become official Googlers. In return, the struggling, Taiwan-based consumer electronics firm receives a financial shot in the arm to help it advance other technologies such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

    The agreement launches the next stage of his company’s long-term hardware development ambitions, Google senior vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh said today in a blog post.

    HTC and Google have worked together on numerous projects over the past decade, most recently on the “Made by Google” Pixel (pictured center) and Pixel XL smartphones released in October 2016. HTC is also Google’s partner in the development of the Pixel 2, expected to arrive on the market on Oct. 4, although the Pixel 2 XL will be made by LG.

    ‘Investing for the Long Run’

    Along with the new Pixel 2 phones, other Made by Google devices are also expected to debut on Oct. 4. Among the products that might be unveiled are updated versions of the Google Home intelligent home speaker, the Daydream View virtual reality headset, Google Wifi, and the Chromecast Ultra digital media player.

    “We’re excited about the 2017 lineup, but even more inspired by what’s in store over the next five, 10, even 20 years,” Osterloh said. “Creating beautiful products that people rely on every single day is a journey, and we are investing for the long run.” That’s why Google has signed a new agreement with HTC: to “fuel even more product innovation in the years ahead,” he said.

    The deal will help Google “supercharge their hardware business while ensuring continued innovation within our HTC smartphone and VIVE virtual reality businesses,” said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO of HTC, in a company statement.

    HTC Eyes ‘Streamlined’ Portfolio

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    Review: Apple Watch Goes Solo, But Hang Onto Your Phone

    A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion of GPS last year helped on runs and bike rides, but you’re still missing calls and messages without the phone nearby.

    A new model with its own cellular-network connection is Apple’s next step toward an untethered world. Now you can make and receive calls and messages on the watch while leaving your phone at home.

    But the watch still needs regular contact with an iPhone, and for most tasks, the phone needs to be on and connected, even if it’s nowhere nearby. So you can’t get away with ditching the iPhone altogether. (Android users have their own wristwear options, including Samsung Gear and Android Wear watches, some of which can already manage their own network connections.)

    The new Apple Watch Series 3, distinguished by a red crown, comes out Friday starting at about $400. You can forgo cellular, and the red crown, for $70 less. Or get a first-generation model, without GPS, for about $250.

    Where It Helps

    You might not want to bring your phone on a short jog; the watch can still keep you in touch. Or you can leave the phone home while walking the dog or performing a quick errand.

    You need a data add-on from the same wireless provider as your phone. It typically costs $5 or $10 a month and uses the phone’s data allotment.

    While the watch technically has its own phone number, the major carriers have worked out number syncing. Calls to your phone will go to the watch, and calls from the watch will appear on caller ID with your regular number. Same goes for texts and iMessage chats.

    Calls use the watch’s speaker and microphone, or wireless earphones. Colleagues say call quality was fine. It came…
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    Instagram Is Eating Away at Snapchat's Share of New Users

    More new users are signing up for Snapchat than Instagram in the United States — but probably not for long, according to new data from Jumpshot, a marketing analytics company.

    In August, 52 percent of new U.S. users signed up for Snapchat, compared to 48 percent for Instagram. The share represents a decline in Snapchat’s new enrollment dominance in the U.S., according to Jumpshot data that tracks clicks on new-user confirmation emails from both platforms (it does not count those who may have confirmed new accounts via text).

    Meanwhile, Snapchat represented 38.5 percent of new signups globally compared with Instagram’s 61.5 percent in August.

    Snap, though, hasn’t focused on growing international usership, preferring instead to target people in developed nations with robust cellular networks and bigger bank accounts.

    Since Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, the social photo-sharing platform has seen its usership soar to 700 million monthly active users globally. Snap, which doesn’t disclose monthly active users — considered a key metric in determining user growth — hasn’t seen its daily active users grow as fast as investors would like (it had 173 million daily active users in its Q2 earnings, up 21 percent from a year earlier).

    Snapchat has touted its young and devoted user base, but competition from Instagram is making it harder for Snapchat to expand into other age groups. Instagram — and parent Facebook — has been relentlessly copying Snapchat’s features, and it seems to be paying off when it comes to claiming new users.

    Jumpshot tracks anonymized data from 100 million global users across platforms who’ve opted in to share their data in exchange for free Avast antivirus software.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today