Apple Releases Bug-Fixing Update for Apple Watch

Apple has made watchOS 5.0.1 available to the Apple Watch in order to resolve several bugs. The tweaked software fixes an issue that caused some users to see an unexplained increase in exercise minutes. It addresses a problem that prevented some people from receiving credit for standing in the afternoon. Apple says the update also tackled a bug impacting the Watch’s ability to charge. The update is free to download and install.

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Samsung to Bring Black and Silver Note9 Models to the US

Samsung today said U.S. consumers will soon be able to purchase the black and silver variants of the Galaxy Note9. The silver will become available on October 5 as a U.S. exclusive. It will only be sold from Best Buy and Samsung. The 128 GB black Note9 will reach Best Buy, Samsung, and carrier stores October 9 with the 512 GB model to follow October 26. The lavender and blue models have been available since August.

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Review: Apple iPhone Xs Max

This fall Apple debuted its biggest-ever iPhone, the Xs Max. This phone boasts a 6.5-inch screen, Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, dual rear cameras, wireless charging, a waterproof chassis, and Apple’s new iOS 12 platform. Together, these make for a powerful machine that can nearly do it all. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review of the Apple iPhone Xs Max.

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LG Touts V40 ThinQ's 5 Cameras and 6.4-Inch Screen

LG has revealed several aspects of its forthcoming flagship phone, the V40 ThinQ, in a promotional video shared in its home market of Korea. The main points revealed by the video are the V40 ThinQ’s 6.4-inch screen and five-camera array. LG says it has reduced the bezels as much as possible, allowing the V40 ThinQ to boost the size of the screen compared to the V30/35 while keeping the phone’s dimension’s in check. Based on visuals shared in the video, the V40 has three cameras on the rear and two cameras on the front. The phone features a metal-and-glass design, with glass on front and back. LG says the rear panel, in particular, has been sand-blasted for smoothness and resistance to scratching and fingerprints. Other aspects of the phone include a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. LG plans to more fully announce the phone at an event in New York City on October 3.

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YouTube Adds HDR Support to iPhone Xs and Xs Max

The latest build of YouTube for iOS devices adds HDR support to the newest iPhones from Apple. YouTube version 13.37 allows iPhone Xs and Xs Max owners to flip on HDR and then view HDR content at resolutions up to 1080p at 60fps. The OLED screens on the new iPhones have 1,000,000:1 contrast ratios, allowing them to offer deeper blacks and finer gradations of color. This makes them well-suited to HDR content, which delivers a more vivid experience. Apple’s iPhones do not yet support 4K playback. YouTube for iOS is free to download from the iTunes App Store.

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Google Maps Makes Planning Group Outings Simpler

Google has added a tool to Google Maps that simplifies the process of planning group get-togethers. Google says a long press on any destination adds it to a shortlist, which appears as a floating bubble on the side of the screen. After adding several places, the organizer can then share the list with friends through any messaging platform. Each person in the group will then be able to view the list, as well as add or remove locations and vote on the final destination. The new group meeting feature will appear in the Google Maps app for Android and iOS this week.

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So, what do I used my phone for exactly?

I got chatting to someone the other day and there was quite a few questions about how I use my phone. They’re good questions because I do tend to be a bit different. I use WordPress quite a bit to update the site. I also use it to take photos for our Instagram and Twitter accounts, plus I’m currently looking around eBay for a phone as I’ve smashed mine to bits

Yes, as you’ll have seen in my earlier story, I broke it big time. My intention is to just get a phone and continue with my current SIM-only plan. It’s served me well for a number of years and you can switch to a sim only deal very easily. There’s no need to lose your number, no need to pay an inflated monthly amount to cover the cost of the phone and you can get monthly contracts which will let you hop around to different networks too.

So, what do I used my phone for exactly?

My memory!

So what do I use my phone for? Well, apart from browsing the web, checking Twitter and WhatsApp, it’s become my digital assistant. Put simply, I’m utterly terrible at remembering stuff, so I have reminders and notes keeping my daily life in check. As an example, while I’m staring at the traffic lights in the morning, I’ll suddenly have something pop into my head that’s important. To ensure I don’t forget, I’ll just do the “OK Google, remind me to get some sugar on the way home” and it’ll do the magic for me. I’d be a bit lost without it, so that’s a really important feature.

So, what do I used my phone for exactly?

I also tend to capture ideas that float through my head with Evernote. This is perhaps the leading app in its field, and has an amazing range of functions you can take advantage of. With this tool, you can save photos, novel ideas, or voice memos, and have them sync across all devices, and to the cloud, automatically. Again, with my brain seemingly functioning on a stop-start basis, this is something I can refer back to later when I have some free time. Brilliant little app and a great way to remember everything that is important.

Keeping me fit

You’ll also find that Strava and a Huawei fitness tracker is on phone. It’s something that crept up on me really. Just one day, I ran up the stairs and got out of breath. It was a bit of a wake-up call and started me on a journey. The apps act as reminders, coaches and also give my will-power the required nudge. I’d sleep in and perhaps be a lot lazier if they weren’t there. I get told about the amount of time I’m sat on my bottom, about how many steps I’ve done and so on. Sitting down is what I do in my day job, and it’s not at all surprising to find out that it doesn’t do you a lot of good to sit down for so long. So many of us now live such extraordinarily sedentary lives.

So, what do I used my phone for exactly?

With modern apps and complementary tools such as the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach, MyFitnessPal, or Asana Yoga, your phone can become your own 24/7 personal trainer, reminding you to move and watch your diet throughout the day. Just make sure you have enough data.

An audiobook player

I’m terrible at reading books. Never have the time. Audible is something I’ve stumbled into too, and via a Bluetooth connection in my car it’s revolutionised the way I consume literature. I can listen to audiobooks whilst driving to and from work. Not only that, but as you drive you become lost in the story, and you have less of an urge to fiddle with your phone. It’s a bit of an unexpected safety feature of the experience really.

So, what do I used my phone for exactly?

What’s more, Audible has an immense library of audiobooks available, across a range of different topics, and allows you to download the audiobooks to the app on your phone for offline listening.

Whether you want to catch up on some of the literary classics, or listen to a book on business, your smartphone now has your back.

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Three quietly launch 4G roaming

Roaming plays a big part of your decision-making when choosing a network. Being connected is more vital now than it has ever been.

Many customers on Three have been asking when they will get access to 4G roaming that other networks have offered for a while now.

Three quietly launch 4G roaming

Whilst everyone has been looking out for a big announcement, it looks like the network has quietly switched it on at a few select locations.

Any Three UK customer roaming in Sweden, Austria, Denmark or Republic of Ireland will now enjoy faster roaming, which is great news.

Hopefully we will hear more locations added shortly. This is a good move forward and hopefully not too long to get extra destinations added.

We have asked Three if they have any more information and will update if we get any.

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Google Bolsters Search Tool In Android Messages

Google has taken steps to improve the search functionality that’s within the Android Messages application. Google says searching by contact or type of content should bring up a richer set of results. Moving forward, tapping on the search icon will bring up a short list of your recent contacts in addition to the search bar. For quick sorting, tap a name and Messages will reveal your messaging history with that person, including both private and group conversations. Photos, videos, addresses, and links will be included in the results. Using the search bar to seek out specific types of content, including photos or addresses should be simpler with this tool. Google says these improvements are rolling out to Android Messages this week.

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Boost Mobile Picks Up the LG K30 for $150

Boost Mobile today added the LG K30 to its list of inexpensive Android phones for $150. The K30 is a rebadged variant of the K10, which LG announced earlier this year. The K30 has a U-shaped metal frame and a 5.3-inch 720p display and a 1.5 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor. The rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and the front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Photo tools include bokeh/portraits and a Low Light Noise mode that works with HDR to reduce grain and provide more contrast in low-light shots. Other features include a 2,880mAh battery and fingerprint reader; GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, and FM radio; and a microUSB port. It comes in black and ships with Android 8.1 Oreo. Boost is also offering a deal to those who switch. The prepaid carrier will provide four lines for $25 each, with unlimited talk and text; optimized video, game, and music streaming; and unlimited music streaming from select partners. The deal for switchers will be available through Nov. 15.

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