Did Kylie Jenner Kill Snapchat with One Tweet?

More than $1bn was wiped off Snap Inc’s market value on Thursday, in one of the company’s worst trading days since it went public last year — and the rout was led by a bored tweet from a member of the Kardashian clan.


Kylie Jenner, one of the first wave of celebrities whose fame grew primarily on Snapchat over other social media firms, shared her disappointment with the app on Twitter late on Wednesday: “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad,” she said. “[S]till love you tho snap… my first love.”


Jenner’s tweet, combined with growing fears on the part of investors that a long-awaited usability-focused redesign may not solve Snapchat’s user growth issues, sparked a plunge in the company’s stock, which fell 6% over the course of Thursday, clearing $1.3bn from its market capitalisation.


The redesign of the app saw Snapchat move away from its previous split between “messages” and “stories,” the social media convention invented by the company but usurped by Facebook’s Instagram. Now, Snapchat focuses attention on the division between friends and publishers, allowing it to more easily promote professional (and paid-for) content, while grouping everything from actual acquaintances in one place.


But it isn’t just Snapchat’s celebrity users and investors who have expressed frustration with the new direction the app has taken. A petition from more than 1.2 million users begged the company to reconsider its redesign, eventually forcing a somewhat dismissive response from Snap Inc itself.


“We completely understand the new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many,” the company said. However, it added, “this new foundation is just the beginning and we will always listen closely to find new ways to make the service better for everyone.”


The petition’s core complaint is that the new update “has not…
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#MWC18 – Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact leakage

#MWC18   Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact leakageOn Monday at Mobile World Congress we’ll have another big launch from Sony. This time, according to serial leaker Evan Blass, it’ll include a couple of full-screen smartphones. First, there’s this, the Xperia XZ2.

The XZ2 will have a 5.7″ screen, but there’ll be another handset announced too – the smaller XZ2 Compact. This will have a 5″ screen. Both will apparently get Android 8.0 and will be powered by the hugely-quick Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

Both devices have Corning Corilla Glass 5. On the XZ2 you can expect 3D glass both front and back, with the XZ2 Compact having a polycarbonate finish. Both will, according to sources, be available in silver, green, black and pink.

The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will also get “S Force” stereo speakers, plus there’s going to be haptic feedback adding to the sound output on the XZ2 alone. Camera-wise we’re looking at a rear 19 megapixel f/1.8 unit on the back. There’ll also be a fingerprint scanner and, in the XZ2, a 3180mAh battery and wireless charging. A 2870mAh battery will be in the Compact but there won’t be any wireless charging for that one. Both are expected to have USB-C ports.

More shortly!

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  • Ofcom tells BT to share telegraph poles

    Ofcom tells BT to share telegraph poles

    Getting broadband into your home can be done one of two ways. First, you can push it through the air. More and more networks are doing this and, as EE showed us fairly recently, it doesn’t matter too much on your location. The second option, of course, is via some sort of cable. Whether it be via cable broadband (remember my switch to Virgin?) or via copper cable from telegraph poles.

    Those poles, though, belong to BT. In some areas there aren’t any, and BT have tunnels, ducts and pipework to feed cables through instead. However, you generally won’t find any other companies using these poles.

    This means that it’s a real pain for other providers. Sure, competitors can put equipment in telephone exchanges now, but that “last mile”, as it’s called, is usually over BT-owned poles and wires. This has meant that, over the years, cable providers have had to dig up footpaths and generally make a bit of a mess to provide broadband to you.

    Using those poles is something that would make the whole process so much easier. Just string up some cable, connect it to your house. Done. I even asked EE CEO Marc Allera about it last year as BT had just purchased the mobile network.

    Now Ofcom wants the “Pole Potential” opening up to rival internet providers. This, it’s hoped, will allow more people to get full fibre broadband connections.

    Full fibre is different to the majority of “fibre connections” out there. Those TV adverts mentioning “superfast fibre” or “fibre broadband” are, for the most part, only delivered in fibre-optic to the green cabinet near your house. The rest of that journey is via twisted-pair copper cable (ADSL / FTTC) or coaxial (Virgin Media FTTC). Full fibre is just that – fibre all the way – and is termed “FTTH” (Fibre To The Home) or “FTTP” (Fibre To The Premise). Ofcom, the communications regulator here in the UK, says that this is only available to 3% of UK homes and offices. This has to be ramped up, so it wants to force BT to let rivals install fibre on its telegraph poles and in underground tunnels.

    BT responded by stating that..

    Our ducts and poles have been open since 2011 and we have been sharing a digital map of this network for more than a year.

    Details of that process can be found here, but it doesn’t allow poles to be used for wireless services, mobile backhaul, or core network deployment.

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  • Acorn, yes Acorn, announces the Micro Phone C5

    Acorn, yes Acorn, announces the Micro Phone C5
    Those of a “certain age” may recall using an Acorn computer at school. In the “computer lab” you may have had a Research Machines 380Z or a BBC Micro, with Acorn being the brains behind the latter.

    If you remember any of that, well, it was about 30-40 years ago.

    Acorn, yes Acorn, announces the Micro Phone C5

    Now, the brand is back. They’re launching the “SmarterPhone for the UK” in the form of this, the Micro Phone (no, not microphone, Micro Phone… yes, I know it sounds like microphone when you say it but.. oh never mind). It’s to celebrate the 40th anniversary year of the brand and they have a Indiegogo campaign to get the funds to deliver the handset and they’re aiming to deliver it by May this year. They want to create a premium mobile phone that won’t have a premium price-tag, and have announced that it’ll cost just £150, but you can get a bundle (including cases/screen protectors) at £160.

    They tell us that…

    Inspired by the team from the 1980’s, Acorn shares the philosophy that tech should be exciting, useful and affordable. Putting it at the forefront of modern technology, the Micro offers advanced features such as Quad Cameras letting users get pro-standard depth-of-field photos; a 5.7” 18:9 Super Screen for more screen and less phone; and fingerprint biometric security. The Micro runs a powerful octa-core ARM® mobile processor giving gives users the best of Android™, artificial intelligence and voice control via Assistant and access to over 2 million apps & games. Acorn is collaborating with Google™ to ensure that the Micro is fully GMS™ Approved before shipping. The Micro gives users the choice of UK telco providers with network unlocked dual-SIM slots and super fast Cat 6 4G and VoLTE.

    Acorn, yes Acorn, announces the Micro Phone C5

    You can get more information on this handset on acorncomputers.com. As touched on above, the specs include the 5.72″ 1440×720 HD screen (at 282dpi), 3GB RAM, a 64-bit octa-core CPU running at 1.5GHz, 32GB storage on-board, a microSD slot, 4 cameras (13 megapixel and 2 meghapixel on the rear, 8 and 2 megapixel on the front), WiFi, GPS and a 3000mAh battery. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack, fingerprint sensor and microUSB charging. It’ll run Android 7 but they tell me it’ll be upgrade-able to 8.1.

    This all depends on them hitting their funding goal of £450,000. As I type it sits at £200, but it’s early days.Acorn, yes Acorn, announces the Micro Phone C5

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  • YouTube – We made a boob.

    YouTube   We made a boob.
    Becoming a well-paid YouTube video star seems to be really high on the list of “wants” for kids in 2018. Many think that they don’t need to concentrate at school, because they can merely chuck a few YouTube videos up, get loads of subscribers, then live like a King.

    Nah. Sorry. It doesn’t work like that folks.

    Last year I spent a number of days with a guy called Alex Brooks. You might know him as MarzBarzVlogs. His videos, like a lot of other Vloggers and YouTubers, are punchy and fun. However, to the casual observer it may look like it’s been thrown together in a few minutes. Not so, my friends, not so. Each shot, each frame has been thought about and planned. It’s carefully crafted, edited and dubbed. It’s a skill and takes proper talent.

    This week our very own Coolsmartphone YouTube Channel has been having a bit of a “moment” and videos haven’t been loading properly on the site. This was because of my considerable lack of talent…. I basically tweaked something in the caching system that made it all go wrong.

    So, to recap, here’s the videos that you absolutely need to watch. To get more, just head to youtube.com/c/coolsmartphonevlogs or click the link below to subscribe!


    Yesterday we published the excellent DJI Mavic Air flight test and unboxing. It’s a fantastic drone and, if I do say myself, we’ve filmed a fantastic video. Get watching 🙂


    I kinda had a bit of a meltdown earlier this week when I saw just how good the Honor 9 Lite was, especially considering the £199.99 price-tag…


    The Doogee Mix 2 is now crazy cheap at £153.70. Dive into our hands-on below..


    Have you seen our Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus unboxing? Come on, you need to..


    Our podcast! Sure, you can download or stream the audio, but there’s the video recording too..


    Missed our EE Hawk review ? Read the piece here and check out the example video footage, which now works. 🙂

    Oh, and yes – the videos above are the ones we’ve uploaded just in the last week or so.

    So, go on, get in on the action…

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  • #MWC18 – LG refresh the K10 and K8

    #MWC18   LG refresh the K10 and K8

    LG K8 Aurora Black

    Well, this is a bit weird. We’re getting told what’ll get launched before they’re actually… launched. Either way, LG have emailed in to tell us about a couple of lower-end phones which will be making an appearance at Mobile World Congress. They say that these have some “premium features which will rival premium flagships”.

    Let’s have a look at the first one, the LG K8. It’s back once again (there’s already an LG K8 out available). No prices on this one but I’m expecting it to be sub-£140 considering the spec. It’s got a 5″ 1280×720 HD screen at 294ppi, a 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD card slot. An 8 megapixel camera at the back, a 5 megapixel one at the front. File this under “entry level”. It has a removable 2,500 mAh battery and runs Android 7.1.2 (Nougat). No details on an OS update on that one. To be honest, apart from the OS and the memory there’s not a great deal of difference between this and the existing model. It’ll be available in black, blue and gold. You get an FM radio and the familiar gesture shot, auto shot and quick share capabilities. Low-light shots are apparently better in this refreshed model.

    #MWC18   LG refresh the K10 and K8

    LG K10+ Moroccan Blue

    Another phone we’ve seen previously is the LG K10, and the existing model sells for around £150. Again, it’s very familiar. A 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, 5.3″ screen (1280 x 720) and a 277ppi. There’s a couple of variants, but the 2GB memory and 16GB storage one will probably arrive into your local stores. There’s microSD expansion, a 3,000mAh battery and Android Nougat. Both phones have WiFi, GPS but only the K10 has NFC. The cameras on the K10 vary, with one variant having a 13 megapixel rear shooter and another having 8. The rear shooter is either 5 megapixel or 8.

    Ha Jeung-uk, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader for LG Mobile, tells us..

    LG’s 2018 K Series range of smartphones is focused on delivering even more value to consumers looking for the right device that fits their lifestyle and needs. We’re confident we can capture the hearts and minds of consumers in the fast-moving market with our smartphone camera technology and other convenient features.

    They call this market segment, “mass-tier”.

    Personally, I’d spend £199.99 on an Honor 9 Lite..

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  • #MWC18 – Energizer ready to drop a phone with a 16,000mAh battery!

    #MWC18   Energizer ready to drop a phone with a 16,000mAh battery!
    We’ve seen quite a few announcements from Energizer of late. They’ve got the H550S with a 5000mAh battery, a P600S with a 4500mAh and a whole load more on their site.

    But one with a 16,000mAh battery?!

    Are you mad? That’s gotta be as thick as a tub of butter, surely!?

    Energizer tell us that the handset is called the Energizer POWER MAX P16K Pro and will have that 16m000 mAh battery, a 5.99″ 18:9 FHD screen, 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.

    Well, we’ll see. We tend “put up” with generally rubbish battery life on our phones, but we’re usually not prepared to have a fat and ugly phone with a chunky battery, so it’s usually Catch 22. Let’s see what Energizer have in store. We’ll be catching a flight to Barcelona very soon indeed so that we can find out more.

    Oh, and if you’re comparing, the battery in a normal smartphone is around 3,000mAh. So a 16,000mAh unit would potentially see a 5+ day usage time.

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  • Intel Planning Next-Gen 5G Devices with Dell, HP, Lenovo

    Consumers could see the first mobile PCs with 5G connectivity hit the market by the second half of next year, according to Intel, which is working with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft to develop such devices.

    Intel expects to showcase a concept 5G PC during the Mobile World Congress 2018 conference and expo, set to be held in Barcelona from Feb. 26 through March 1. Intel describes the prototype 2-in-1 as “one of many stepping stones for moving the industry forward in what’s possible for 5G-enabled PCs.”

    The annual MWC is organized by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), a trade group for the mobile device and services industry.

    Many tech companies have begun rolling out 5G pilots and concepts ahead of the expected arrival of faster, more advanced connectivity sometime in 2019. They say 5G, which will support download speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, will enable a wide variety of new services and technologies, including virtual reality and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and more.

    Eyeing Both 5G PCs and Smartphones

    Intel said it is working In collaboration with device makers to pave the way for a new generation of Windows PCs powered by its XMM 8060 5G modem. The XMM 8060 is the first of the company’s coming XMM 8000 series of commercial 5G multimode modems, Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group, noted in an editorial today.

    Rivera added that Intel’s concept demonstration at MWC will include “a live over-the-air 5G connection to demonstrate the progress we’ve made to integrate these advanced wireless technologies into the mobile PC platform.”

    With some of the first 5G connected devices arriving on the market likely to be smartphones rather than PCs, Intel is also working to build its technology into phones, Rivera…
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    Apple Is Reportedly Planning AirPod Upgrades

    Apple’s hugely successful wireless earphones look like they’re getting an upgrade this year, with another tweak coming next year too.

    According to sources close to the project speaking to Bloomberg, Apple is going to release voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018 and a waterproof pair in 2019.

    The voice-activated pair will be able to wake when a user gives the “Hey Siri” command, much like the iPhone and Apple’s new HomePod.

    Improved Wireless Connectivity

    The 2019 pair will apparently be waterproof to the same extent as the iPhone X, which is really splash and rain-resistant, rather than truly waterproof like the Apple Watch, meaning you won’t be able to wear them in the pool.

    Both pairs are going to benefit from improved wireless connectivity thanks to the inclusion of the upgraded W2 chip found in the Apple Watch 3, an improvement on the W1 chip that currently powers the AirPod Bluetooth connectivity.

    The original AirPods seemed to come a little before their time, riding on the back of Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone. Even so, they were well received critically and — according to research firm NPD Group — accounted for 85% of the money spent in the US on wireless headphones since they launched.

    Since their launch the wireless headphone market has become a lot busier, so it will be interesting to see if Apple can keep hold of its market dominance with its new iterations.

    These are just unconfirmed reports at the moment so there’s no guarantee on the product details or time-frames, but as we hear more we’ll let you know.
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    Despite the Hate, Snapchat Redesign Is Here To Stay

    Snapchat has said its redesign is here to stay, in spite of a petition from more than 1.2 million users begging the company to reconsider and celebrities such as Kylie Jenner abandoning the platform.

    “We completely understand the new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many,” the company said in response to the petition. However, it added, “this new foundation is just the beginning and we will always listen closely to find new ways to make the service better for everyone.”

    The petition’s core complaint is that the new update “has not made the app easier to use, but has in fact made many features more difficult ?EU? Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeat the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years.”

    In the run up to the redesign, the company’s co-founder and chief executive Evan Spiegel promised it would satisfy concerns (particularly among investors) that Snapchat was too difficult to use. But he also hoped that the redesign could help fix some common problems faced by all social media apps, he told the Guardian before the launch.

    “For a very long time, we have been trying to clarify, or at least distinguish, the difference between friends and publishers,” Spiegel said in November. “Like, on the Stories page, do you show friends or publishers first? Because our service was really built on this idea of helping friends communicate, we chose friends — and ultimately what that meant is that all of this awesome publisher content was all the way down at the bottom.”

    It isn’t just the rank and file of Snapchat’s users who have expressed frustration with the new direction the app has taken. Kylie Jenner, one of the first tranche of celebrities whose fame grew primarily on Snapchat over other social media firms, shared her own disappointment with the app on…
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