Google Improves Calendar with ‘Propose New Time’ Function

Google today made it slightly easier to schedule meetings in Google Calendar. As invitations arrive, invitees can respond by clicking the usual “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” buttons, or select the new “propose a new time” option. In businesses where people are allowed to view one another’s calendars, they’ll be able to match up schedules for a time that works for everyone. Guests can then send the new proposed time back to the original sender with a message. Google says this feature is available across domains and with Microsoft Exchange. This feature is available on the web now, and will reach mobile devices August 13.

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Sprint Offering iPhone 8 Lease for $8 Per Month

Sprint announced a new promotion today that sees the monthly lease price of an Apple iPhone 8 drop to just $8 per month. Sprint says this deal is only available online and via telesales from July 31 through August 9. Sprint says the promo is open to new customers and existing customers who add a new line of service. Sprint has a similar deal for the Galaxy S9, which has a monthly lease price of $9. Typical lease prices for these phones range between $27 and $35 per month.

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Still using your phone, even after a smashed screen? You’re not the only one

A giffgaff survey recently found that less than 1 in 4 students have any mobile phone insurance. Not only that, but 17% of female students had suffered a smashed screen and not had it repaired for over a year.

As we head towards a new term, it’s shocking to find that almost half of the girls surveyed kept using their smashed gadgets for over three months. Samsung and iPhone handsets were the popular, but – despite the modern smartphone becoming an essential part of modern life – they’re still getting broken with alarming regularity.

Still using your phone, even after a smashed screen? Youre not the only one
What’s perhaps more surprising is that many people are prepared to continue using broken tech, but another study of 1,000 adults found that people are more embarrassed to use older phones. Some 63% of respondents would be embarrassed if their peers saw them using a handset that was more than a couple of years old, and this would impact their decision to upgrade more than their desire to have new features.

So, even if you’ve got a smartphone which has a perfect screen and meets your needs, there seems to be a desire to upgrade so that you can keep up with your mates. Once you’ve done that though, a broken screen can prove so expensive that many continue to use their shiny, new, broken phone for longer.

Still using your phone, even after a smashed screen? Youre not the only one

Whilst many aren’t too concerned with insuring their phones at home, when you go on holiday this summer you’ll be more at risk, so do consider some Gadget Travel Insurance when you go away. If you’re like me, you’ll end up using your phone as a main camera, so it ends up being used precariously close to a swimming pool or around the sandy beaches.

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Avoiding common mobile phone scams

Online scammers and criminals are always waiting for the right moment to pounce. To trap you into revealing your personal data. Into sharing something you shouldn’t. The increasing use of mobile devices paves the way for mobile phone scams, and those scammers can cost their targets more than just time. Cash can disappear all too easily. The more prominent mobile scammers are now elevating their scamming strategies by using genuine-looking local mobile phone numbers, so you begin to trust them even before they start speaking. Here, I will discuss the steps you should take to avoid common mobile phone scams. It’s essential to keep your assets protected from criminals.

Be cautious of unknown callers

If a call or text message received from an unknown number, it’s perhaps best to just ignore it and let it go to voicemail. If no message is left, it probably wasn’t essential anyway. Changing the habit of responding to an unfamiliar number can help prevent common scams. Remember, if they really need to get hold of you, they’d leave a message and give their details.

Avoiding common mobile phone scams

Use Authorised Apps

Whether you’re moving cash around with a mobile banking app or an online purchase, always use the authorised and official app. Never download from outside of your Google Play or iTunes store. Even when you’re using the official store, be wary of similarly-named apps that might offer familiar features. Also make sure that personal details like PINs, passwords and other important information are not stored on your phone. I’ve seen people add their PINs as phone numbers under “Mr PIN” before. Be wary

Keep tabs on phone security settings

Learn about your smartphone security settings. They are designed to protect you and can help stop problems. It may seem like an inconvenience, but adding password protection is a great way to stop regularly-used PIN numbers like “1234” or “0000” being used. You can also hide apps so that others can’t see them. Whether you have Android or iOS, take timeout to go through the settings screens.

Avoiding common mobile phone scams

Use strong PINs and passwords

When it comes to making your phone inaccessible for others, especially for scammers using a properly strong PIN is a start, but consider – as mentioned above – fingerprints and other ways to secure your device (pattern unlock, face unlock etc). Ensure that passwords for your apps aren’t easy to guess and aren’t based on family members or anything else you may be regularly posting about on social media.

Avoiding common mobile phone scams

Protect yourself with third party apps

There’s lots of apps available on the app store which offer high quality message spam filtering and call blocking features. These will keep scammers and spammers away from your phone. Just do a search for “spam call blocking” and you’ll find apps which will stop spammers in their tracks.

Keep your operating system up to date

Mobile operating systems offer regular updates which boost security for users and fix bugs too. So, always keep your operating system up to date (if you can) in order to prevent cyber-attacks and spam. You should check your device for updates regularly and be quick to install them in order to ensure the security of your phone. 

Choose email verification instead of mobile verification

Whenever you install a new mobile app, it may ask you to verify your identity either via mobile number or email. You should try to go for email verification in order to keep your mobile number safe from spammers and hackers.

Avoiding common mobile phone scams

Remember to reset your device

If you are about to sell your old mobile device to buy a new one, always remember to reset your device in order to make sure nothing private and personal is left on the device. Scammers can blackmail you with this easily. Also remember to remove SD card that may contain a lot of personal data and information.

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VOXI adds triple data

VOXI adds triple data
The network for the under 30’s has added, for a limited time, triple data. This comes on top of their endless social data, plus endless calls, texts and picture messages plus endless roaming in Europe. There’s no contracts – you just choose how much data you need for everything else.

Right now, customers can grab 6GB for £10 a month (this was 2GB for £10 a month), 15GB for £15 per month (was 5GB for £15 a month) and 45GB for £20 a month (was 15GB for £20 a month). The offer will be available for a limited time only but will last for 24 months for those who sign-up in time, so be quick!

If you’re interested and you’re young enough to sign up, head to the VOXI website. The network is brought to you by Vodafone, and it runs on their kit.

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Verizon Offering Customers a Low-Cost VPN

Verizon Wireless today announced Safe WiFi, a virtual private network (VPN) that can protect customers when they connect to public hotspots. Verizon says Safe VPN relies on bank-grade encryption to help protect against ad tracking as well as help block targeted ads. Safe VPN is available for $3.99 per month and covers up to 10 devices per account. The first month is free. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices.

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Coolsmartphone Podcast 231 Fruity Phone Expert

It has taken the Podcast Editing Porgs a while to edit this episode, probably because all the fruity talk took them a while to parse and decide if to keep or cut. We had the fruity phone expert and assiduous micro-blogger Greg Morris (@gr36) as a guest on this episode to discuss WWDC, the Apple ecosystem and another obscure Chinese phone brand he has never heard of.

Provided the Porgs haven’t melted in the summer heat, we will be back with an other episode soon(ish).

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Review: Blu Pure View

The Pure View is a rethink from Blu that updates the design with something more modern and appealing. This entry-level phone has a 2:1 screen, twin selfie cameras, and a clean build of Android. There are some things that don’t sit quite right with us, however, so be sure to read Phone Scoop’s in-depth review to be in the know.

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Escape the upgrade cycle. Ditch the contract.

Come. Come here. Get close to the screen. I need to tell you a secret. If you’re using a mobile phone right now, and you’re on a contract, listen up. I’m guessing that you’re probably paying £40, £50, maybe more per month. Right?

Why are you doing that? Why? Is it because you called your provider and they offered you a deal on a shiny new handset? Did they dangle a lovely orange carrot and say, “Hey, we’ll do you a deal”, but then the cost started creeping up as the months went by?

I’m with you. I did the same once. Breaking up with my network wasn’t easy either. I was tempted, but hey – I fibbed a bit and told them that I was moving to a work contract and I no longer needed my personal mobile. The deed was done.

Escape the upgrade cycle. Ditch the contract.

Then you’re free. You can shop around. You can go SIM-only if you want too. If you’ve been on one provider giving a 3G signal and want 4G with additional data, you can. Just unlock your phone and set yourself free. Hey, you can even get in touch with the network who provided you with your previous contract phone and they’ll usually unlock it for free. Boom!

My wife was paying £57 per month for her contract. I though that was a lot, so when we reduced the cost we started looking at the cost of a phone for our son. In these long summer evenings he’s “playing out”, so we started looking at refurbished phones so that we can keep in touch. He’s adamant that he wants a new iPhone but – how do I say this diplomatically? There’s a disparity between his wants and what he’ll actually receive.

Escape the upgrade cycle. Ditch the contract.

Some of the deals I’ve found so far

So, I’m on the hunt for a reconditioned iPhone. There’s a number of places to get these from. As an example, Envirofone are selling the 6S for £169.99 and you can pay for the phone monthly via PayPal credit. That works out at £15.40, and with a fairly cheap SIM-only deal (I’m working on a budget of £6 max because I’m tight), I could get a Plusnet 1.5GB data allowance and the phone for £21.40 per month. Oh, and that’s over 12 months, not 24. You can pay for the phone over 6 months if you want, and get the cost of the handset out of the way quickly so that the monthly reoccurring cost for the airtime is all you’re left with. Boom.

Meanwhile, other retailers to consider include eBay, Amazon, Music Magpie, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, Quick Mobile Fix, Handtec, CeX and Mobiles.co.uk. Look for monthly payments on these if you’re a bit short on cash right now.

Other things to remember? The quality grades!

Grade A – appears new or has only very minor signs of handling or wear.

Grade B – may have scratches, chips or other forms of light cosmetic damage.

Grade C – will show signs of wear; expect the product to look used.

If you want to just stick a case on your potential refurbished phone, then a Grade C could be ideal, and it’ll be cheaper. Lastly, consider the warranty. If the phone develops a problem then it falls to whoever did the refurbishment. Check before you buy!

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Google Updates Developer Policies and Bans More Apps

Google has introduced a significant update to its Play Store Developer Policies and in so doing banned more categories of apps. For example, apps that mine cryptocurrencies on Android devices are no longer allowed. “The only cryptocurrency mining apps allowed are those that mine outside of the device, like cloud-based mining,” said Google in the updated policies. Apps that copy other apps are now banned, as well. Google is specifically seeking to keep apps that steal the user interface or content from original apps out of the Play Store, as well as apps that are “created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates.” Google has put new safeguards in place to keep apps that “facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories” from the Play Store. Apps that offer how-to instructions on creating bombs, guns, ammunition, and other weapons are prohibited. Last, apps that “appeal to children but contain adult themes” are no longer welcome in the Play Store. Google is banning apps that look to trick users by impersonating other people, companies, or businesses. The new policies went into effect immediately. Developers should ensure their apps meet the new criteria when submitting them to the Play Store.

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