FCC Allows Verizon to Lock Phones for 60 Days

The FCC has granted Verizon’s request to lock phones that it sells for a period of 60 days from the date they are activated. This type of lock keeps phones from being used on another company’s network and was explicitly prohibited by the FCC as a condition of Verizon’s license for band 13, the cornerstone of the company’s 4G LTE network. The FCC’s new waiver from that rule requires that phones be unlocked automatically at the end of 60 days, even if the customer has not requested it or still owes money on a device payment plan. The 60-day lock is intended to deter device fraud and identity theft. Verizon claims handset fraud cost the company $190 million last year.

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Mi Smart Band 4 now available

Those you who are into your fitness and want a tracker that gives you a little bit more than just some flashing lights or a step count may want to pay attention. Xioami have now just released the new Mi Smart Band 4 here in the Uk and you can buy one now for less than the cost of dinner at a mediocre restaurant. That’s right you too can have one of these fantastic looking smart bands for the low low price of £34.99!Mi Smart Band 4 now available

All joking aside though this does look to be a really nice and functional smart band which I would like to get a hold of to test given that I am currently testing out a whole load of wearables. It gives you a lot more than the predecessor which was still a great option, I know people who use it alongside a smartwatch!

We have already written about this new smart band on the site but wanted to bring you the news of its debut right here on the cutting edge of smartphone and wearable technology news.

If you want to get one then head over to the Xioami Site now where you can order one as long as the colour you want is Black. it will be winging its way to your doorstep in 7 to 9 days.

You too could be this happy

Mi Smart Band 4 now available

While you are on the site it might be worth checking out there amazing Xioami Mi 9 smartphone that is being reviewed by our Editor in Cheif Leigh at this very moment.

Media Alert: Xiaomi Announces Mi Smart Band 4

Xiaomi introduced its long-anticipated Mi Smart Band 4, along with a wide range of new smart home products on Tuesday 11th June at its ecosystem product launch in Beijing and today, 12th June, in Italy, Spain and France.

Mi Smart Band 4 comes with an all-new full colour AMOLED display, with a 39.9% increase in screen size compared to its predecessor. Able to display over 16 million colours, along with 77 customised themes, Mi Smart Band 4 allows users to view fitness stats, messages and notifications at a glance with a splash of colour. The new 6-axis sensor supports more accurate activity tracking and also introduces a new swim-track mode

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Visible Removes Speed Limit

Mobile service provider Visible is removing the 5 Mbps data speed cap that it launched with. Visible offers unlimited service on Verizon’s network for $40/month. New and existing customers will get the un-capped, faster data speeds for as long as they remain customers; the company may re-impose speed limits at a later date for customers signing up after that date. Visible is also offering $20 referral bonuses, and $20 off the first month of service for new customers. The company has no physical locations, offering activation, support, and all customer interactions via its app. Visible is compatible with most iPhones as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9(+), Google Pixel 3 (XL), and the Visible R2. The company is adding support soon for the Pixel 3a (XL) and Moto g7 Power.

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T-Mobile Launches mmWave 5G With Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

In a surprise move, T-Mobile is launching its first 5G phone and a limited 5G network ahead of schedule. The 5G network is currently only using mmWave spectrum (both 28 GHz and 39 GHz), which offers high speeds but limited coverage. It’s available in parts of six downtown areas: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. T-Mobile has published coverage maps showing where customers can expect mmWave 5G service outdoors. The company’s first 5G phone will be the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, available this Friday, June 28. The S10 5G only supports T-Mobile’s mmWave 5G launching this week, not the sub-6-GHz 5G that will form the bulk of T-Mobile’s 5G coverage later this year. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available in select stores in the six cities with 5G service for $1,300. Well-qualified customers can finance it with no interest for $550 down plus $31.25/month for 24 months. T-Mobile does not charge extra for 5G service.

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Groov-e Soundbuds Review

Groov e Soundbuds Review

Specs:

  • Earbud 2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm ; 5g Case 7.5 x 2.5 x 4cm ; 45g.
  • Up to 4 hours music playback and up to an additional 10 hours using the changing case
  • Music controls and answer/reject calls
  • Long press for your relevant assistant.
  • Bluetooth V5 including profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSPSPP
  • Wireless range up to 10m
  • Standby time 20 hour

 

Good Points:

  • Price.
  • Sound Quality.
  • Design.
  • Comfort.
  • Ability to launch assistant.
  • Fast forward/ rewind control on separate bud.

 

Bad Points:

  • Buds are a little fiddly to get out of the charging case.
  • Only micro USB charging port.
  • Not the best battery life.
  • Easy to lose

What’s in the box.

In the box, of course there are the left and right Soundbuds, but you also get a microUSB charging cable, some spare ear tips, the usual documentation and the charging case.

The case follows the same principle as the Apple AirPod case, which means it charges the Soundbuds when they are placed inside.  The Soundbuds are held securely inside the case with a magnet. At the back of the charging case is the microUSB charging port, which not only charges the case itself but will also charge the Soundbuds if docked when plugged in.

Sitting between the Soundbuds is an LED percentage readout.

The Soundbuds have a coloured  LED, red when charging and blue once charged. A nice feature is the lid of the case is opaque meaning you can still see the charging state without opening the lid.

Groov e Soundbuds Review
Groov e Soundbuds Review
Groov e Soundbuds Review
Groov e Soundbuds Review

 

In Use:

To begin using the Soundbuds you power up the pair at the same time. You’ll get a nice voice notification to say that each channel has connected. Pairing is the usual Bluetooth affair of pressing and holding the power button

One feature I do like is the ability to pair them to 2 devices. I currently have them paired to my Note 9 and iPad but you do get a voice notification telling you which device you’re currently paired to.

The ‘touch to talk’ feature gives users access to their AI assistant without opening the phone. Simply press a button on the side of the headphones and speak directly with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa.

Using voice commands you can cue music, ask for directions, set calendar events and make phone calls quickly and easily when on-the-go.

The first thing that I noticed was just how lightweight they are, to the point you could easily forget you’re wearing them. I was surprised with how well they fit, they didn’t even fall out on the treadmill in the gym.

Groov e Soundbuds Review

The battery is quoted at lasting 4 hours of playback, and I easily got 3.5 hours without the need for a charge up, which was as easy as popping them back in the case. One thing I did notice was the range dropped quite a bit as the battery got low. I did find getting the Soundbuds out of the case sometimes a bit of a fiddly affair, but that might be down to my gorilla hands.

The sound quality coming from these headphones was really surprising, giving a good bass and a nice treble. Plus, now that I’ve finally become an Audible listener, spoken word audiobooks sound fantastic.

Conclusion:

If you are in the market for a new set of completely wireless headphones and don’t want to pay the price for some Apple AirPods, the Groov–e  Soundbuds are well worth a look. They have a nice, well-balanced sound and they aren’t overly priced at £64.99. They’re available from Groov-e.

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Apple Releases iOS 13 Public Beta

Apple has made a public beta available of iOS 13, the next major version of the software that powers iPhones. Major new features include swipe gesture typing, a new version of CarPlay, Dark Mode, richer Maps content, a new Shortcuts app, audio sharing, and smarter AR. Also, apps load faster and Siri has a more natural-sounding voice that’s easier to understand. The beta software is available today for users who opt in to Apple’s beta testing program. The final version is expected this fall.

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Grab 20% off at various eBay stores

Grab 20% off at various eBay stores
Be quick on this one but a number of eBay stores have 20% off deals today. envirofone is one, and there’s a list of other retailers taking part here.

We’ve spotted the following details…

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro for £316.99

The LG G5 (locked to Vodafone) for £52.49

iPhone 7 (locked to Tesco / O2) for £149.99

iPhone 6 for £84.99

Head to the mighty eBay for more info

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Honor 20 – Unboxing and mini-review

About a month ago, on a day as similarly hot as it is today, I was down in London attending the launch and announcement of the Honor 20 series. Whilst I was there I was mostly focused on the biggest brother in the lineup – the Honor 20 Pro. That phone has not been released as yet, but we have managed to get hold of the Honor 20 which shares a lot of the features of its more expensive sibling. It is an equally interesting device and is well worth a look, so let’s get into it.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

As is the case when we get a new device in for review, it goes through our unboxing and we record a quick and (in my case anyway) unscripted video for you. Here from my back garden instead of my usual office, is that video for you to enjoy.

The usual glass and metal slate design has been adopted here for the form factor, with some very nice curves to the top and the bottom corners. The screen is an all-flat affair – unlike the Pro version of the phone. It also does not have the same AMOLED screen tech that the Pro version has, which is a shame as it does make it hard to see in direct sunlight. However, these compromises do help keep the cost down so I understand the reasoning behind them. The actual size of the screen is 6.26″ across, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

We also have a hole punch cutout for the forward facing camera instead of the more common notch. This houses a very good 32 MP camera. If it’s the same as the one found on the Huawei P30 Pro, then I expect good things.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

Having the camera off to the side allows the Honor 20 to have a separate earpiece speaker instead of having to use the screen vibration system of the P30 Pro devices. This will please people who sometimes have difficulty hearing, so it is good to see that being used for a phone of this type.

Onto the right-hand side, which is where we will find the volume rocker and the very clever power switch/sleep-wake/fingerprint reader.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

I am really pleased to see this being used here as I did like this style of a button from my personal Xperia time a few years ago. The speed with which the fingerprint sensor reacts is up there with the best rear mounted readers we know and love.

On the left-hand side we have got a dual SIM tray and SIM eject pinhole. Basically nothing else to see here.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

By placing the fingerprint reader on the side of the phone, it allowed designers to open up what could be done with the back of the phone. This is not just a simple glass back here folks, however before we explore that further – let’s talk cameras.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

There is plenty to talk about here as we have got a few cameras to look at. The first one is the primary camera and this is a 48MP sensor from Sony. In fact, this camera uses the same Sony IMX 586 sensor as the Pro, only without optical image stabilization and behind a slightly slower f/1.8 lens. This lens system is now being used by many devices across the board and has been found to largely be reliable.

Next up is a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide camera, which is the same as the one being used on both Huawei and Honor’s more expensive phones, so we know that is a good one. This is in turn supported by the 3rd camera, which is a 2MP depth camera to assist with getting those depths of field shots. Last up is a 2MP Macro lens. Alongside all of these is a flash for helping to illuminate your indoor and nighttime shots, not that you will need it with the sensors and the Honor AI systems in place.

The last place to look at before we explore that back panel is the bottom of the phone. Here you’ll find a USB Type-C port which is capable of Honor’s 22.5W SuperCharge standard, meaning you should be able to juice the phones 3750 mAh battery pretty quickly when using the included charger. This where you will also find a downward firing speaker which is loud and clear. This will be tested more over the course of the review.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

That about finishes up the handset tour.

Honor 20   Unboxing and mini review

The last thing I want to cover is the rear of the phone. This is a specially crafted glass backed which will reflect the light back in different colours and tones creating a more fluid like look to the phone.

Well, that is the marketing speak bit done..

In reality, it is an absolute fingerprint magnet of a back panel and is about as slippery as butter on a sunny day. Whilst I can appreciate the design and the detail that has gone into making it look the way it does I am most likely to cover it as I have done with my previous 3 phones that all had the same slippery finish. What is good to know is that the back is made of Gorilla Glass so at least it should be durable!

Internally we have got the same all-powerful Kirin 980 processor that is being used in the P30 Series and this is ably supported by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This doesn’t seem to be expandable at all, which is a shame. There is not an option for another variant of this with more memory.

Software-wise we are looking at Android 9.0 with Honor’s Magic Ui (essentially EMUI with a different name) skinning things. Now whilst there may have been and to an extent still is some uncertainty over what is going on with Huawei and Google, the phone still has full Google services support at the moment and we are hopeful that an Android Q update will be in the wings soon.

Last but not least the specs.

Display
Size: 6.26″
Resolution: FHD 2340p x 1080p
Processor
Type: Kirin 980 Octa-Core
Frequency: 2 x Cortex-A76 2.6 GHz+ 2 x Cortex-A76 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
Operating System
Android™ 9.0, EMUI 9.0.1
Memory
Internal: 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM
External: micro SD TM card up to 512GB
Camera
Rear: Quad 48MP+16MP Super Wide Angle+2MP Depth Assist+2MP Macro
Front: 32MP
Buttons
Power key, volume up button, volume down button
Battery
Capacity: 3,750mAh (typical value)
Standby: 505 hours
Talk time: up to 1260 minutes*
SIM
slot 1: Nano-SIM card
slot 2: Nano-SIM card or micro SD TM card
Sensors
Gravity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensorFingerprint sensor
Compass
Phone status indicator
Connectivity
Wifi: 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth®: BT4.2+BLE
NFC: supportedUSB connector: Micro USB-C
USB type: USB-C
USB features: OTG, tethering, charging
Weight: 174g (Including the battery)
Network: 4G LTE: Band1//3/5/7/8/20, 3G UMTS: 850/900/1900/2100MHz, GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

You can pre-order the Honor 2o now from Three and it will be delivered on the 24th of June.

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Making use of an old smartphone. The Shed Project Returns!

Making use of an old smartphone. The Shed Project Returns!
Remember my strange Shed Project? I wanted to make use of an old smartphone and thanks to a solar panel and some software, I created a web server which didn’t need external power, then lumped in an API so I could remotely control the camera and check on the charge status of the phone.

All of this was lovely, but I had a couple of problems. First, the phone in question died. I don’t fully know why but it refused to accept charge from the solar panel or the mains. I also found that, in the depths of winter when the days were very short, there was insufficient charge to keep it going. Slowly but surely the charge times got shorter and the battery was boosted less and less.

Now it’s back. This time with a different phone and a different idea. Sure, having a web server seems like a good idea, but I couldn’t think of anything really useful to put on it.

So, I’ve gone for something a little more simple and arguably more useful.

Making use of an old smartphone. The Shed Project Returns!

Fold-out solar panel hanging in the window

There’s a number of apps which will make us of your phone to collectively solve problems or perform research while you charge. Stick apps like BOINC or the Vodafone DreamLab onto your phone and, while you sleep, they’ll crunch complex data, scanning DNA and solving problems to help fight cancer. All you need to do is install the app. It’ll run when you’re charging and probably whilst your asleep – stiching many smartphones together to make a big, distributed super-computer.

Great idea, and I figured that I could help with the power of the sun.

Making use of an old smartphone. The Shed Project Returns!

Cable tie. Everything can be fixed with cable tie.

You know the story by now. We’ve got a solar panel, an old smartphone and (hopefully) enough sunshine to keep the battery topped up in the day so it’ll remain powered on through the night.

So far it’s working rather well, but do take a look at our other stories in this feature if you have an old smartphone that could be doing something more useful.

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Huawei respond to concerns and queries

Huawei respond to concerns and queries

Following the problems created by Emperor Trump, sorry President Trump, Huawei have decided to keep in contact with their customers and try to address some of their concerns. It’s a good sign really, because we’re all a bit worried about our shiny Huawei or Honor handsets and, following all the blocks by Google, ARM and other partners, what the future holds.

The company have added this page with answers to some of the worries…

We always put our consumers first, regardless of the challenges we face.

All Huawei smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates.

Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done. All devices continue to be covered by our manufacturer’s warranty and will receive full service support accordingly.

Our most popular current devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q. In fact, we have already launched a beta developer programme for Android Q which is running right now on our Mate 20 Pro device.

The company then published answers to some of the commonly asked questions from customers. It includes some of the rumours that have been flying around…

RUMOUR #1 – Huawei smartphones and tablets will no longer get software or security updates.

Ongoing security and software updates will continue to be provided to keep all Huawei smartphones and tablets secure and up-to-date.

RUMOUR #2 – Android will be automatically uninstalled from Huawei smartphones and tablets.

Android will not be automatically uninstalled from Huawei smartphones and tablets. We continue to work closely with our partners to ensure our consumers can always enjoy the best possible experience.

RUMOUR #3 – Huawei users will not be able to download or use apps like WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram.

For all Huawei smartphones and tablets, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram apps can be downloaded and used as normal.

RUMOUR #4 – Windows will no longer work on Huawei PCs.

We can confirm that Huawei devices with Microsoft software will be upgraded and supported

RUMOUR #5 – If you reset your Huawei smartphone or tablet, you will lose access permanently to Android Services and Google Apps.

If you reset your Huawei smartphone or tablet to factory settings, Android Services and Google Apps can still be downloaded and used as normal.

RUMOUR #6 – The current situation impacts the warranty on Huawei smartphones and tablets.

Nothing has changed. Huawei provides after-sales service as before, in accordance with the existing warranty policy.

RUMOUR #7 – Huawei smartphones & tablets will offer reduced functionality.

All Huawei smartphones & tablets will continue to function as they currently do.

RUMOUR #8 – Huawei will no longer sell smartphones.

Huawei will continue to sell smartphones. Furthermore, we will continue to invest in research and development to deliver leading innovation and the best possible smartphone experience.

RUMOUR #9 – The P30 & the P30 Pro won’t get access to Android Q.

We are confident that our most popular devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q. We have been working with third parties for many months to ensure devices will be able to receive Android Q updates. Technical preparations and testing has already begun for over 17 devices. In fact our Mate 20 Pro has already been given approval to receive Android Q as and when it is released by Google.

Here is the list of the  products we have submitted to upgrade to Android Q

  • P30 Pro
  • P30
  • Mate 20
  • Mate 20 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS
  • P30 lite
  • P smart 2019
  • P smart+ 2019
  • P smart Z
  • Mate 20 X
  • Mate 20 X (5G)
  • P20 Pro
  • P20
  • Mate 10 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10
  • Mate 10
  • Mate 20 Lite

So some reassuring statements from Huawei which will help alleviate customers concerns, and some good news about devices moving on to Android Q.

Are you a Huawei customer? Does the current situation concern you? Me …. Nah !

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