Buy a Samsung, get yourself some free Festival Tickets!

Buy a Samsung, get yourself some free Festival Tickets!
I got me an email from Samsung! Yes!! This has to be the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch invite.

Ah no wait, it’s not. Instead it’s a new special offer from Samsung and Mobile Phones Direct. If you buy a Galaxy S8, an S8+ or a Galaxy Note8, you can claim two festival, tour or gig tickets.

The tickets are worth up to £140 and you can go and see Little Mix, Katy Perry, Elbow, British Summer Time and more. It’s all part of the Samsung “Unbox Your Tickets” offer and, once you’ve got your handset and your free tickets, you can happily snap and share photos to show off to your mates. Plus, let’s not forget, it’s not cost you anything more to get there.

Buy a Samsung, get yourself some free Festival Tickets!


Mobile Phones Direct will offer a comparison on deals from all four of the UK’s leading networks and you get free next working day delivery too. Go the “Unboxed section” of the Mobile Phones Direct website to see the deals on offer.

So, where’s that invite then eh? 🙂

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  • FCC Approves Freetel Handset for Cricket

    A handset made by Freetel, a Japanese company, was recently approved by the FCC for Cricket Wireless. Documents on the FCC web site detail a smartphone called the Cricket Wave, though the phone is manufactured by Freetel. The FCC confirms specs including support for AT&T/Cricket LTE bands, a Snapdragon 210 processor, 2,500 mAh battery, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, touch screen, memory card support, a rear camera with flash, and user-facing camera. A draft user manual mentions some specifications, such as a 5.1-inch 720p screen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and Android 7.1 Nougat, though these are unconfirmed. Neither Freetel nor Cricket has announced this handset and it’s possible the phone will never come to market. Freetel made a big push into the U.S. unlocked market in early 2016, but gave up quickly.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

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    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

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    With Advanced Storage Analytics, QuantaStor SDS v4.5 will let users visualize file, block, and object storage utilization in graphs, charts, and real-time dashboards to better understand their storage needs and simplify capacity planning. The QuantaStor web-based grid management interface also includes real-time visual presentation of block storage performance, network utilization, CPU and memory utilization, object storage utilization, and network health diagnostics.

    “With these new storage-grid level dashboards and analytics tools in QuantaStor SDS v4.5, IT professionals will be able to take another leap forward in boosting the IT agility of their organizations,” said Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS. “Being able to visualize how your storage assets are deployed combined with the ability to gather utilization metrics is really key for large organizations that require multi-tenancy features for chargeback accounting to different departments.”

    QuantaStor SDS provides a REST API for advanced storage analytics while leveraging open technologies such as Telegraf and InfluxDB so that users can enhance and extend the data collection features within a QuantaStor storage grid.

    Advanced Storage Analytics features in QuantaStor SDS v4.5 include:

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    –NAS Analytics: Shows Network Share and Storage Pool allocations and capacities to simplify capacity planning and usage analysis

    –Object Storage Analytics: Provides object storage cluster health and utilization information along with cluster capacity statistics

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    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Apple: Scaled Back iOS 12 Ambitions, iPhone X Disappointment?

    With Apple due to release its Q1 2018 financial results Thursday, analysts and investors will be watching for numbers indicating whether the iPhone X is a hit or a disappointment. However, there have already been some rumblings suggesting that Apple’s $1,000-plus smartphone of the future isn’t selling as well as previous flagship devices.

    iPhone X production in the first quarter this year could be halved, from 40 million to 20 million units, due to muted sales, according to reports this week by the Nikkei Asian Review and The Wall Street Journal. That prediction is based on reports that Apple is cutting its orders to suppliers that manufacture a number of key components for the phone.

    Meanwhile, other reports are pointing to a shift in focus for Apple’s next update to its mobile operating system. Rather than refreshing the home screen and rolling out other improvements, iOS 12 is more likely to target improving performance and reliability, according to an article published today in Axios.

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    In fact, in a research note published last week, well-regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested that Apple could retire the iPhone X this summer in favor of an iPhone X Plus. He also predicted Apple would likely launch two other iPhones this fall.

    Kuo issued another research note yesterday saying Apple’s device plans for this year could be aimed at avoiding some of the challenges it encountered last year with the iPhone X.

    “With three new models in the pipeline for the second half of…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    'Cooperation Agreement': Google Finalizes Deal for HTC Phone Biz, Talent

    Google has completed the purchase of part of HTC’s smartphone business, the companies announced today, putting an end to months of rumors about an acquisition.

    Here’s how the “cooperation agreement” breaks down: certain HTC employees, “many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones,” will join Google’s hardware business. HTC is to receive $1.1 billion in cash as part of the transaction, according to a statement.

    Also included in the deal is a non-exclusive license of HTC intellectual property, meaning HTC can continue to make products, including phones, under its company brand.

    The HTC Vive virtual reality division remains intact, as do HTC’s other initiatives. The deal is expected to close by early 2018.

    Whispers of HTC selling off all or part of its business intensified in recent months. The noise reached an apex earlier Wednesday when it was revealed HTC would halt stock trading on Thursday, September 21, leading many to speculate an acquisition announcement was imminent.

    While not mentioned by name, it appears HTC is in fact the manufacturer behind the upcoming Google Pixel 2 smartphone.

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    “These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team,” Osterloh said, referring to the HTC employees who are joining Google. HTC built the first Pixel phone.

    We expect the Pixel 2 to be announced at an event in early October, and today Osterloh indicated the new smartphone wouldn’t be alone.

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    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Are Reports of a Government 5G Network Just Fake News?

    The Trump administration labored to clarify on Monday that it currently has no plans to build its own ultra-fast 5G wireless network, despite publication of a memo that suggested the idea was under consideration.

    At issue is a proposal put forth by an unnamed official at the National Security Council, a White House-based body that advises the president on critical U.S. and foreign policy matters. The document, first reported by Axios last night, called for the U.S. government to effectively nationalize a portion of the telecom sector — a radical departure from current policy — in a bid to combat Chinese influence.

    As multiple White House officials confirmed to Recode on Sunday, the document as published is dated. They also stressed it had merely been floated by a staff member, not a reflection of some imminent, major policy announcement — and probably might never be.

    For one thing, it’s the Federal Communications Commission that serves as the government’s steward of the wireless airwaves that power 5G and myriad other uses for smartphones, tablets and similar mobile devices. And the chairman of that independent agency, Ajit Pai, said Monday that he vehemently opposed the idea of nationalizing 5G.

    “I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network,” he said in a statement. “The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades – including American leadership in 4G – is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment.”

    Instead, Pai said the U.S. government should make wireless airwaves, known as spectrum, more available for commercial carriers like AT&T and Verizon to deploy 5G networks. “Any federal effort to construct a nationalized 5G network would be a costly and counterproductive distraction from the policies we need to help the United…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    LG Widens Color Selection for G6 and Q6

    LG today added several new colors to its range of handsets. Starting next month, the LG G6 will be available in Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, and Raspberry Rose, while the LG Q6 will be available in Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet. Both phones are already available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, Terra Gold, and Marine Blue. The new colors will go on sale in LG’s home market of Korea first, with other markets to follow later. The G6 was first announced in February 2017, and the Q6 followed in July 2017. The addition of these colors follows recent reports that LG may not introduce a new flagship handset during the Mobile World Congress trade show in February as initially expected, and will instead do things like upgrade the memory or add colors to its existing lineup.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Verizon Won't Sell Huawei Phones Either, Says Bloomberg

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    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Google Closes Acquisition of HTC Hardware Team

    Google today said it has completed its proposed acquisition of select assets from HTC. The deal includes portions of HTC’s handset design team, among other properties. Google worked with HTC to develop the Pixel 2 smartphone, which was released last year. “As our hardware business enters its third year, we remain committed to building and investing for the long run,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware. “Today, we start digging in with our new teammates, guided by the mission to create radically helpful experiences for people around the world, by combining the best of Google’s AI, software and hardware.” HTC’s hardware team will remain in Taiwan, as Osterloh said the acquisition marks Google’s official expansion into Taipei, now the largest Google engineering site in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News