Motorola Reveals the Moto Z2 Force Flagship with Shattershield

Motorola today announced the Moto Z2 Force, its flagship handset for 2017. The Z2 Force carries over the Shattershield nearly unbreakable display from last year’s phone. It is a slim handset boasting a metal chassis and compatibility with Motorola’s system of Moto Mods accessories. The display measures 5.5 inches and offers quad HD resolution. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The new dual-camera area includes two sensors and lenses in the single raised module with two-tone flash. The cameras capture 12-megapixel images and allow for true black-and-white photography as well as selective focus for blurred backgrounds. Other specs include a wide-angle user facing camera with CCT flash for more accurate skin tones. The device includes Motorola’s TurboPower charging with all-day battery life. This year’s phone includes Motorola’s standard nano-coating to protect the components from water damage, but it is not fully waterproof. It includes Motorola’s multi-function fingerprint sensor as well as Moto Display with quick reply and Moto Voice with “show me” commands. The phone will be available in gray, black, and gold colors. The phone will be sold by most U.S. carriers and is available for preorder starting today. Motorola said the Moto Z2 Force hits stores August 10. It runs Android 7 Nougat.

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Developer Alert: Android O Final Preview and iOS 11 Beta 4 Roll Out

As Apple and Google prepare to launch updates of their mobile operating systems in the next couple months, they’re letting developers take new previews and beta releases for test runs.

Released yesterday, the Android O Developer Preview 4 (pictured above) is the final preview to come out before Google rolls out the completed version, expected sometime in September. The latest preview gives developers the chance to test apps on a near-final version to ensure they perform as intended.

Apple, meanwhile, also released an update yesterday: iOS 11 Beta 4 for developers. A new version of the public iOS 11 beta, last updated late last month, is not out yet but will likely become available soon.

Google: Test Now for Better Engagement Later

Android O, the successor to last year’s Android Nougat, will come with a variety of new features that will encourage better user engagement with developers’ apps, Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke said yesterday on the Android Developers Blog. Android O is also designed to improve battery life and Wi-Fi connectivity.

“Today’s Developer Preview 4 system images give you an excellent way to test your current apps on the near-final version of Android O,” Burke noted. “By testing now, you can make sure your app offers the experience you want as users start to upgrade to the official Android O platform.”

Other new features arriving with Android O include new notifications channels to unify how users manage notifications, notification badges (called “dots”) to highlight news about channels and apps, support for pinning app shortcuts and widgets onto the launcher, support for a new picture-in-picture mode, and upgraded autofill capabilities.

Devices enrolled in Google’s Android beta program will be automatically updated when the full version of Android O comes out, Burke said. The latest preview is available for the…
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Google's $2.7 Billion EU Fine Could Just Be the Beginning

Google’s parent company Alphabet can easily afford the $2.7 billion write-down it’s taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But it might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault that’s headed its way.

In June, a European Commission ruling slapped down Google for abusing its market dominance in search by unfairly directing visitors to its comparison shopping service, Google Shopping, to the detriment of its rivals. The regulators not only imposed a huge fine, they also insisted that Google change the way it provides search results in Europe.

Alphabet is still mulling an appeal of that ruling, which could take years to get through the European Court of Justice. And that case is only the first of several such investigations that have embroiled Google across the Atlantic, a situation that raises uncertainty about its ability to operate freely on the continent going forward.

Why Europe Is Upset

After a seven-year antitrust probe, the European Commission concluded that Google stifles the ability of rivals like Yelp to compete. That’s a different standard than in the U.S., where regulators tend to step in only when consumer prices go up due to monopolistic power.

Europe’s top antitrust regulator, Margrethe Vestager, said Google “denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits.” Google says it’s giving consumers what they want: product listings with pictures and prices, saving them the trouble of repeating a search on another site.

In two other cases, the commission charges Google with allegedly forcing its Android smartphone partners to favor Google’s apps and limiting the way its ad-partner websites can display search ads from Google rivals.

An Alphabet spokeswoman said Monday the company had nothing to say on the matter beyond its blog response to the fine last month, in which it painted itself as an underdog in…
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VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN Wins Product of the Year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 25, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has awarded VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN a 2017 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.


VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. Global Service Providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility by delivering elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, and integrated advanced services all via a zero-touch deployment and operations model. Both Enterprises and Service Providers benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and the ability to support real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links. With VeloCloud, The Cloud is the Network™.

?EU?Congratulations to VeloCloud for being honored with a Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award,?EU? said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. ?EU?VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN is truly an innovative product and is amongst the best solutions brought to market that facilitate business-transforming voice, data and video communications. I look forward to continued excellence from VeloCloud in 2018 and beyond.

?EU?VeloCloud is pleased to be recognized in the industry again for delivering uncompromised business critical communications experience,?EU? said VeloCloud VP of Marketing Michael Wood. ?EU?VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN is a key enabler for enterprise connectivity and productivity, delivering exceptional performance, security and reliability for services such as voice, data and video required by customers.?EU?

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients?EU? goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including Cloud Computing, IoT Evolution, Customer, and Internet Telephony. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as one million unique visitors…
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Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function

Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas. In Google Search, results will include pertinent news stories or broadcasts, emergency numbers, and relevant web sites. Those close to disaster areas may receive push alerts with the same information. In Google Maps, Google will showcase data concerning the event, phone numbers and web sites, as well as placement on the map and real-time information regarding road closures or changes to mass transit. Google partnered with agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross to gain access to the information. Google is bringing SOS Alerts to its mobile Search and Maps apps for Android and iOS. The same information will also be available to desktop machines.

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Google Says More Daydream VR Phones Are On the Way

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company’s handset partners have new Daydream-compatible devices in the pipeline and there should be a total of 11 such phones available by the end of the year. At the moment, only four phones are able to use Google’s virtual reality headsets, including the Pixel and Pixel XL, ZTE Axon 7, Motorola Z, and Huawei Mate 9. It’s not clear if Pichai was including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are primed to receive Daydream compatibility through a software update. The figure likely does include Google’s 2017 Pixel devices, whatever they may be. Daydream has certain hardware requirements, particularly where the display is concerned. For example, the display must be between 4.7 and 6 inches, must have a 60 Hz or greater refresh rate with low-persistence mode, and must have at least full HD resolution, with quad HD preferred. Companies including Motorola, HMD Global, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, and LG all have major device announcements lined up between now and early September. It is possible these forthcoming handsets will be among those supporting Google Daydream.

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Alterian Debuts Chameleon Adaptive Customer Experience

Alterian announces a solution for marketers struggling to adapt to customer’s unpredictable behavior — Chameleon™, the Adaptive Customer Experience™ Platform that helps turn digital marketers into successful Adaptive Marketers™.

Chameleon offers millisecond marketing capabilities that let marketers automatically adapt to customer behavior and naturally improve every single interaction no matter when and where it occurs.

Read more about Millisecond Marketing on Alterian?EU?s new website, which lays out Adaptive Marketing challenges, solutions and rewards with detailed overview, insights, examples and success stories.

“Chameleon’s millisecond marketing capabilities let adaptive marketers personalize messaging in the moment using fast and slow data to maintain relevancy across their ecosystem,” said Bob Hale, Alterian CEO. “How fast? These are dynamic omnichannel campaigns that leverage real-time rules to dynamically personalize messaging in less than 100 milliseconds, staying fully targeted on the latest state of each customer relationship on any channel. With Chameleon, we are setting a new standard for personalized messaging.”

Chameleon: How It Works

Chameleon is a single, unified platform that always keeps marketers one step ahead of their customers — sending consistently relevant messages that maximize the lifetime value of each individual relationship.

1. Insights:
Access and manage the full extent of each customer relationship in a matter of seconds.

2. Campaign Manager:
Orchestrate a consistently relevant Adaptive Customer Experience in full context.

3. Dynamic Decision Engine:
Adapt to customer behavior in real-time with in-the-moment personalization on any channel.

Millisecond Marketing: Real-Time Adaptive Capabilities

Chameleon’s millisecond marketing capabilities enable Adaptive Marketers to personalize messaging as each interaction is happening using fast (in-the-moment) data and slow (historical) data to maintain relevancy across their ecosystem.

1. Real-Time Adaptive Campaigns:

Dynamic omnichannel campaigns that leverage real-time rules for personalizing messaging in the moment in less than 100 milliseconds and maintaining relevancy based on the full and latest state of each customer relationship.

2. Real-Time Adaptive Data Mobilization:

Making slow data fast by mobilizing information in…
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Selfie stick? Phone cover? Combined? Boom!

Selfie stick? Phone cover? Combined? Boom!

You want a case, but you also want a selfie stick. What to do eh? Just how are you going to take those arty shots and simultaneously annoy everyone in the surrounding area without that selfie stick?

What you need, flower, is a Stikbox. It’s a world first – a phone case with a built-in Bluetooth selfie stick.

When you don’t need it, the stick is small and tucks away nicely. Then, when you’re ready for action, it extends to a massive 21 inches in length. Yowser, that’s a biggun’!

Apparently you just need to give it a quick yank, a gentle swivel and you’re ready to shoot.

Ahem..

When you’re done, it goes back to just being just 0.3 inches again.

Sounds familiar.

Selfie stick? Phone cover? Combined? Boom!

You even get an editing app to make you and your friends look even better. Here’s a video showing it in action…

The case / stick is available in pink, rose gold and black for £30 or $39.99. It looks to be only available for the iPhone 7 right now.

Founder and CEO, Yekutiel Sherman, tells us how it all came about…

One day I was walking through the market and I saw a stand that was selling selfie sticks and phone cases, I asked ‘why carry two things, when you can carry one?

Head to Stikbox.com for more.

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  • Paby Pet Tracker – Review

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review
    We’ve covered this already here at Coolsmartphone but now we’re lucky enough to borrow one to review. For $79.99, this is a pet activity monitor with in-built GPS, WiFi and a SIM card so that you can see where your pet is, live.

    Oh, and get this, it arrives in packaging which doubles-up as a bowl for your cat or dog – it’s squashes flat.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    The idea is a brilliant one and, with an accompanying app, you can track your dog or cat and see how much exercise they’re getting. The app even has a “virtual leash” to indicate when your pet has left a designated safe zone. The Paby itself actually talks to you too, and during my testing it told me to leave the device on while it performed some OS updates.

    The first big questions for me? Well, battery life and whether it was too big for our little cat were my initial concerns. Although our cat isn’t the biggest in the world, she’s not kitten-sized either.

    Oh, and she’s an absolute bloody nightmare. Look at her. She’ll attack you for no good reason, and she wasn’t looking forward to me going near her, let alone sticking a bit of gadgetry on her collar.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    First, it’s time to charge the thing. This is performed easily thanks to a magnetic charging cable which sucks itself to the back of the Paby tracker. You just plug the other end into a USB port and it’s as simple as that. An LED will show you that the unit is charging.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    Here’s a video overview..

    The Paby app is available in your mobile app store and, by scanning the QR code on the back of the device (this is done through the app), it’ll automatically connect to the Paby tracker in double-quick time.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    Also pretty simple is the way that you attach it to the collar of your dog or cat – an elastic band stretches around the collar and attaches tightly to a metal bracket on the other side of the Paby. Incidentally, under this band and – after you’ve removed some small screws – is where the SIM card sits. In this review there was one supplied, but you’ll need to put one in yourself and have an active data plan to ensure that you get live location data.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    The LED will give you more details too. Red means that the device is connected, blue means that it’s searching for a network, green means that it has connected successfully. To turn on the device you’ll need to hold the button on the back for 5 seconds. It’s fairly small but you can still just about reach it when it’s on a collar – even if it’s best to do it first. Once you’ve done this, that blue LED will flash for around 30 seconds while it’s connecting.

    Here’s the Paby on our nightmare of a cat…

    It weighs in at just 31 grams but, at 5.85 x 3.23 x 1.74 cm, it was a still a little chunky for our rather grumpy cat, and she tried to pull it off with her claws. I also had to bear in mind the fact that she had a magnet dangling from her collar which activates a cat flap, and the weight of this pet tracker pulled it around. This would mean that she couldn’t get into the house.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    Bit of an action shot this. Sorry about the blur 🙂

    As mentioned before, Paby is a real-time smart tracker. You can use three types of location – WiFi (to see if your pet is near to your home WiFi and therefore in the immediate area), LBS (which will use mobile network triangulation to give a rough location) and GPS, which gives a far more accurate location. You can set all three to be on …

    … however…

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    There’s a cost to this. Bear with me though, because I need to tell you about a couple more functions first.

    A “virtual fence” can be setup. You can set the location and the distance around that area, then the app will alert you if your dog or cat has strayed too far. Multiple locations can be setup so that, if you regularly go to a local park, you can let your dog loose and be alerted if they go outside of the park.

    Another feature is the “virtual leash” option which alerts you if your pet leaves the proximity of a preset WiFi connection. Thus, if the Paby can’t find your home WiFi connection, it’ll let you know.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    These two options will update every minute, checking GPS location, checking for WiFi and, with the real-time tracking, you’ll soon see the battery life dropping pretty rapidly.

    This, then, brings me back to that “cost” I mentioned earlier.

    As with smartphones, if you use GPS and WiFi a lot it’ll absolutely kill your battery life. Try using Google Maps to guide you somewhere without your phone on charge and you’ll soon see the battery life drain. In my tests, and bearing in mind that I was using the live tracking etc, the battery would be dead after just a day.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    With the “Low Power Mode” you can extend this to three days. This reduces the virtual leash / virtual fence updates to once every five minutes though.

    The app also lets you schedule an auto power-on and power-off. Great if you have set “walkies” times or your cat goes out at certain times of the day, plus it helps prolong the battery life… a bit.

    You can share the location data with other registered users and you can get more than one of these devices if you wish. It’ll also let you update the firmware straight from the app, view historical location data illuminate the LED on the Paby tracker and check on the amount of activity your pet has received.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    Yes, I accidentally left the Paby in the car, and it shows my location history

    The Paby itself is durable and waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if it rains or your dog inevitably jumps into a big puddle. There’s a range of colours and patterns to choose from (All Star, Bubble Pink, Future Green, Midnight Black and this Spider Red one) and you get daily exercise recommendations based on the breed, weight and age of your pet.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    Flicking through the brochure I received with this, it’s apparent that this is a version 1 gadget which is in development still. Indeed, I received two firmware updates while I was reviewing this. They’re also working on the next generation – a smart harness that’ll have a pulse and temperature sensor.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    A message centre keeps you up to date with notifications

    Personally, I’d have to make a few recommendations. Right now, with the battery life, you’re going to need to charge this up pretty frequently. You’re going to need to remember to remove it every day or so, charge it, then put it back on the collar of your pet. Whilst it isn’t a huge task, it’s another thing to remember. I’d love to see a collar with integrated batteries if possible, just to prolong that battery life a little further. Right now – and this is all due to the battery pull from GPS, WiFi and data connectivity – the various “cool” aspects of this gadget are somewhat limited by the relatively short battery life.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    That said, Paby have more products on the horizon and this is a well put-together first attempt. The app works well, the device itself is easy to use and …

    .. I did find another use for it.

    Yes, I applaud Paby for what they’ve done here. It’s tricky to squash down the GPS, the WiFi, the battery, the SIM card and all the related gadgetry to a small (and light) enough gadget for pets – especially cats. However, I think there’s another avenue that the company could go down. It’s one that we’ve seen other companies try, with the likes of tracking watches and wristbands. However, the app does lend itself (with a bit of adjustment) to the tracking of children too. As an example, when your child is “playing out” this summer, it can be fitted easily to a belt, a belt loop or put in a pocket. So, instead of equipping your child with a phone and having them addicted to the thing (or potentially accessing stuff you’re not comfortable with), just get one of these and it’ll go almost unnoticed in the pocket of jeans or a coat. No need for a potentially “un-cool” tracking watch, instead it can be hidden on a belt or in a school bag.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

    Here’s me sporting the Paby on my jeans

    For $79.99 (although there is a sales tax which pushes it up to $87.79 / £67.56), it can be delivered worldwide. After that there’s no subscription fee (which is a good thing – a lot of the time these services charge a regular on-going subscription) other than the price of a SIM card with a low-low data allowance (our £5 monthly feature is a good start, but there’s even cheaper deals out there).

    If you tune the location updates, you can eek out two, maybe three days of connectivity with this. If you use all the features in anger, then you’re looking at just a day. It’s definitely something you’re going to build into your “walkies” routine, perhaps putting it next to the lead, on charge and ready to go, but it definitely provides peace of mind if your dog has a tendency to run off or you’re wondering where your cat goes at night.

    Paby Pet Tracker   Review

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  • Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.

    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.
    Yes people, I’m learning the Daily Mail-style of click-bait again, in the vein hope that we’ll have enough advertising revenue to pay for the servers this month (sadly, ad-blocking is killing our revenue).

    OK, long story short. Imagine you want to create a Portable Gaming System. Something running Android and Windows 10. A device that can play all your Android games plus all those super-powerful PC games too. This is where PGS Lab come in. They’ve got two versions of their PGS device. A PGS “Hardcore” with a 6″ Full HD IPS 1920×1080 screen and a PGS “Lite” with a 5.5″ 720p HD IPS 1280×720 screen. Both are to have powerful CPU’s and high-end GPU’s for all the gaming needs. The “Hardcore” version gets more memory (8GB) compared to the 4GB in the “Lite” version. There’s also more storage, a more powerful battery and extra enhancements.

    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.

    The people behind the project, which has raised some $1.6m, have run into a few issues though. Initially they were promising a Q2 2017 release, but this has since flown by. We’ve been contacted by the company, who have pointed us to this blog post explaining the problems. They state that issues began from the get-go when they approached the people who developed this, the XpPhone, to assist in building the PGS console…

    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.

    PGS Lab tell us that they “turned out to be scammers” who instead tried to create another product utilising the PGS resources. The blog then details their efforts to have the device manufactured, and they appear to have sent “agents” to Japan, Taiwan and China. However, many companies shied away from the task, stating that the project was either too risky or too difficult. Eventually, in China, they located a partner and a group of experienced gaming hardware developers to take on the task, but this has all taken time and has pushed back their release date quite significantly. The company now tells us that…

    .. the commercial release of the product is now scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

    Due to the slippage, different internals are now being looked at, but it won’t change the end product too substantially by the sounds of it. They’ve also had to miss E3.

    They finish the statement by apologising to all those who’ve invested in the project, and are offering up a full refund to anybody who wants it.

    No more bullshit.

    ..they tell us. They also have updates on Twitter and we’ve received lots of these pictures of their logo, as you can see below..

    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.

    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.
    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.
    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.
    Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.

     

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