Verizon Debuts In-Home LTE Extender, Pixel 2 Promo

Verizon Wireless today announced the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2, a device meant to improve wireless coverage at your house or small business. Like many network extenders, the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2 plugs into your home’s wired broadband service. It then provides about 7,500 square feet of LTE coverage, with support for up to 14 simultaneous connections. The extender supports LTE service only, and does not provide 1X or CDMA coverage in the home. The device costs $249, but there is no monthly service fee associated with its use. In other Verizon news, the company rolled out a new promotion for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The company will cut the price of either phone by $300 when purchased on a device payment plan. Customers will need to finance the entire cost of the handset. Verizon will then contribute $300 in total over the course of 24 monthly payments (about $12.50 per month). The Pixel 2 promo kicks off on Sunday.

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Qualcomm Says iPhone Violating 16 More Patents

Qualcomm this week filed yet more lawsuits against Apple over alleged patent infringement. Three new lawsuits say Apple’s iPhones violate some 16 additional Qualcomm patents. The company says the Intel modem used in some iPhones is infringing on its intellectual property. In addition to the lawsuits, Qualcomm asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate its latest claims. The ITC has the power to ban companies from importing goods into the country. Apple sued Qualcomm earlier this week, suggesting that Qualcomm was infringing on several the iPhone-maker’s patents. The two companies have traded lawsuits for the past year over patent licensing fees and other patent-related matters. Lawsuits such as these are often used as bargaining chips in financial discussions. Apple did not comment on the most recent legal filings.

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BlackBerry to Pay Nokia $137 Million to Settle Dispute

BlackBerry today said it has agreed to pay Nokia a fee of $137 million over payments due for licensing certain patented technology. The decision was reached in the International Court of Arbitration and is binding. This particular disagreement did not pertain to allegations of patent infringement, though BlackBerry is pursuing Nokia for patent infringement in separate cases in Germany and the U.S. BlackBerry said it was disappointed with the court’s decision.

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Qualcomm Seeks Partial Ban on iPhone X, Apple Countersues

The ongoing intellectual property rights conflict between Apple and Qualcomm took another turn Wednesday, when Apple filed a countersuit against the chipmaker in U.S. District Court in California.

On Wednesday, Apple filed a countersuit in the ongoing dispute asserting that Qualcomm has infringed on eight of its patents related to battery-efficiency technologies. On the same day, Qualcomm lodged three new legal complaints against Apple for patent infringement, alleging that the iPhone maker is wrongfully using 16 of Qualcomm’s technologies in its cellphones and the Apple Watch.

At the root of the conflict between the two companies is Qualcomm’s broadband processor technology that enables mobile phones to connect with cellular networks. Qualcomm’s modem chip design was used to set the industry standard for mobile communications, and cellphone makers, including Apple, have paid Qualcomm regular royalties for the rights to use that technology.

Earlier this year, Apple began withholding those royalty payments — totalling around $2 billion per year — to Qualcomm. In the meantime, Qualcomm has sought to ban the sale of iPhones in China and has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to prohibit the importation of some iPhone models, including the recently launched flagship iPhone X, that use a competing modem chip from Intel.

Qualcomm ‘Like a Common Patent Troll’

This summer, Qualcomm filed a complaint alleging that Apple was infringing on its power-efficiency technologies for mobile phones. Apple’s countersuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, claims that Qualcomm is wrongly using some of Apple’s battery life technologies.

“Qualcomm has struggled mightily to maintain its monopoly position through intimidation, litigation, and manipulation, for all the reasons set forth in the co-pending matter before this Court,” Apple stated in its countersuit. “The weak patents Qualcomm asserts here for the first time appear to be a blatant effort…
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Charged and Ready: Tesla Builds World's Biggest Battery

Elon Musk’s giant lithium-ion battery is now powering South Australia — delivered within about 60 days after announcing the contract.


Musk easily beat his promise that the $50 million battery would be “installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free.”


“The completion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in record time shows that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible,” Tesla said.


“We are proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the world.”


South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, with the Labor Party, touted the world’s largest lithium-ion battery as part of his $420 million plan to take his state off the country’s national power grid.


“The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage,” Weatherill said of the battery when it was completed in November.


The battery, according to Hornsdale Power Reserve, takes up less than 2.5 acres of land and has the ability to power 30,000 homes for an hour during a blackout.


The launch comes after the battery was put under a regulatory testing period that examined the battery’s ability to charge to, and from, Australia’s National Energy Market and it’s ability to act as a generator.


Tesla said the battery will help solve the state’s power shortage problems and assist during summertime peak loads.
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EE announce the Hawk

EE have announced their latest own brand device called the EE Hawk.

The biggest 4G network in the UK has managed to bring mid-range specs to a low range pricepoint, and connectivity is at its heart. The EE Hawk features 4G+ network speeds, and in testing hit over 200Mbps at Wembley Stadium. In addition to this comes with 4G calling for better call quality, and if that was not enough, WiFi Calling for those tricky locations to make sure you stay connected.

EE announce the Hawk

At £14.99 a month, or £149.99 on PAYG, the EE Hawk gets you a HD 5 inch display with 13 megapixel camera and Octacore processing power.

Other key specs include 16GB of expandable storage and a 2500mAh battery.

EE announce the Hawk

The Hawk has some great specs, with a strong Gorilla Glass design that is great for anyone wanting a speedy phone at an affordable price. It’s powered by Android 7.1 (Nougat) and has a 5″ 1280×720 HD screen. There’s a 13 megapixel rear camera, an 8 megapixel front shooter and it’s driven by a Mediatek 6750 64-bit octa-core 1.5GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM. Around back is a fingerprint scanner and you get full NFC functionality for mobile payments via Android Pay.

Although there’s “only” 16GB of internal memory, you get a microSD slot too. The 2,500mAh battery should be good for 10 hours on a single charge. Head to www.ee.co.uk/shop for more details, but if you want one it’s just £149.99 on Pay as you go with a £10 top up, or £14.99 on a 24 month pay monthly plan with no upfront cost. Every Hawk also comes with a free pair of JBL headphones.

EE launches the Hawk – thesuperfast, super smart, super affordable 4G+ Android smartphone

Hawk from EE offers stunning design and flagship features at an entry level price

30 November 2017, London: EE, part of BT Group, today unveiled the Hawk, the latest EE-branded Android smartphone designed to offer customers the best of EE’s network technology, including superfast 4G+ download speeds, 4G Calling and WiFi Calling – plus great design at an affordable price.

Around 20%* of pay monthly customers in the UK are interested in smartphones at more affordable prices, rather than the higher price points of leading flagship smartphones, and the Hawk from EE makes many of the features associated with top-end devices more accessible to these customers.

Advanced network features

The Hawk has been developed with EE’s award winning 4G network in mind. It’s enabled with ‘Cat 6’ capability so that it can support 4G+ download speeds up to 300Mbps. The new EE smartphone achieved 238Mbps on EE’s live network at Wembley Stadium earlier this month. With access to such speeds, entire HD movies can be downloaded in just a few minutes and music albums in a couple of seconds.

The handset also supports WiFi Calling allowing pay monthly customers to call and text in more places across the UK, particularly where signal is hard to reach such as a basement flat or on platforms of the London Underground where WiFi is available. And with 4G Calling, pay monthly users can stay on 4G when they make a call, so they can continue to surf at superfast speeds while they talk, and can make and receive calls in more places – both indoor and in rural areas – when out and about in the UK.

Premium design

The Hawk features the 7.1 Nougat Android operating system for simple navigation and a host of personalisation options. It also comes with a premium Gorilla® Glass construction on the front and back which is both stylish and strong – perfect for resisting the knocks and scrapes of everyday life.

A fingerprint scanner is also included on the rear of the device for fast and reliable authentication, as well as NFC functionality to enable users to make mobile payments quickly and securely via Android Pay.

The Hawk also offers a 5.0 inch display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution for watching HD video in crystal-clear quality, plus 13MP rear-facing and 8MP front-facing cameras, making it perfect for capturing and viewing images.

A 1.5GHz Mediatek 6750 64-Bit Octacore processor and 2GB of RAM deliver all the power needed for running apps, playing games and multitasking, and the device also includes 16GB of internal memory, with the option of additional storage via a Micro SD card**. Combined with a 2,500mAh battery, the Hawk from EE can be enjoyed for a full 10 hours with a single charge, making it a perfect multi-media device for everyday use.

Sharon Meadows, Director of Devices from EE said: “We’ve built the most advanced mobile network in the UK and we want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits. The Hawk gives customers superfast 4G+ speeds, 4G Calling and WiFi Calling, plus a range of features typically associated with flagship smartphones – all at a fraction of the price. We believe this latest addition to our EE-branded range offers one of the best value smartphone experiences available today – reinforcing our position as the number one for the latest handsets.”

Pricing and availability

The device is available from 1 December through EE stores, over the phone and online at www.ee.co.uk, Priced at just £149.99 on EE pay as you go (with a £10 top-up), and from £14.99 on a 24 month pay monthly plan with no upfront cost. Every Hawk from EE also comes with a free pair of high-performance JBL headphones, with JBL Signature Sound, perfect for streaming immersive audio on the move.

Finally, with EE, all pay monthly mobile customers also benefit from the following EE Extras:

  • Free BT Sport – EE customers can enjoy three months of free access to the BT Sport app
  • Data caps – EE customers can never go over their data allowance by accident, so they’re always in control of their spending
  • UK & Ireland call centres – All EE customer calls are answered in the UK and Ireland
  • Data boost – EE pay monthly mobile customers can boost their EE pay monthly phone plan’s data allowance by 5GB when they take EE Home Broadband.
  • Free Apple Music – EE is providing customers with six months free Apple Music. Further details are available at ee.co.uk/applemusic

For more information on the Hawk from EE, customers can visit www.ee.co.uk/shop

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  • Elephant Door – Review

    So this is a thing. What caught my eye about this is this simple fact from the Elephant Alarms website..

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    Your door, especially if you live in an apartment (this is designed with flats, apartments and small offices in mind), can be a huge weak spot and an easy get-in for burglars. Trouble is, alarm systems can be expensive and a bit of a faff to install. Available on Amazon for £199, this is an ultra-loud siren (110+ dB) which detects movement. It’ll go nuts if you’ve activated it and someone opens the door. To turn it on or off, you use an app on your phone.

    Elephant Door   Review

    It’s designed for an installation on an entrance door. Setting up takes a matter of minutes and then you simply stick it onto the door you’d like to protect with the super-strong (but easily removable) adhesive tape. This means that you can move it around if you wish. Good for moving home etc.

    Of course, if you think about it, this doesn’t need to be attached to an external door. If you perhaps have a stockroom or a place where high value items are kept, you can pop it on the door to secure that room down. It’s only when you (or an approved other user) deactivates the alarm that it’ll let them in.

    Elephant Door   Review

    To activate and deactive, you’ll need the Elephant mobile app. This communicates using Bluetooth and the alarm itself can let you know when it has been activated via WiFi – it’ll connect to your WiFi hotspot as part of the installation steps.

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    Here’s the actual magnet attached to the door

    Elephant Door   Review

    Wait though, because in the very nice box there’s a microUSB cable, which means you’ll need to charge the thing. This could mean that you’ll need to remove the unit from your door at some point, and this is easily done because the adhesive strip actually hold onto a magnet, not the unit itself. This means that you can simply pop the unit off with a bit of a tug, and you only need to charge this unit 9 times every year.

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    Let’s go through the installation process then, and it takes just 5 minutes. First, download the app from the app store. Second, remove the elephant-shaped reset key from the box and pop it into the button on the back. Once you do this, it’ll start the pairing process and, by scanning a QR code from a card in the box, your phone gets paired up with the device.

    The app itself guides you through the whole process and it’s very hard to go wrong to be honest..

    Elephant Door   Review

    …but they’ve also included a decent manual which is simple and straightforward to follow..

    Elephant Door   Review

    Elephant Door   Review

    First you will need to register

    Elephant Door   Review

    Then you connect the alarm to your WiFi so that it can communicate back..

    The setup screens guide you through nicely. You register and account, scan that barcode, connect to your WiFi, name the door and then you get the chance of adding a second user in too.

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    Elephant Door   Review
    Elephant Door   Review

    It’s then just a matter of you switching the alarm on or off as you wish. The app is available for Android and iOS devices and it’s free. The notifications are also free of charge and there are no additional costs.

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    Each time an action is detected, you get a notification and the ear-piercing siren goes off. You can see the alarm in situ below..

    Elephant Door   Review

    Elephant Door   Review

    The alarm, which believe me, is very loud indeed, is enough to probably hurt the ears of a potential burglar and will definitely spook them. A specific door vibration first sets off a short burst of that alarm and a notification is sent. If the door is opened then the alarm gets louder and longer, with a red notification now getting sent to your phone.

    This is a simple and effective solution for those renting or living in flats, apartments, caravans or working from small offices and lock-ups. In time I’d love to see this develop so that perhaps there’s the option of having the system auto-activate based on your GPS position on your phone (perhaps when you’re a present distance away, it activates, then deactivates when you approach again).

    It’s presumably due to the size of the siren, but the unit is also around the same size of a traditional school bell, so it’s quite prominent on your door. You also have to get in the habit of turning it off before you open your front door. There’s no delay between you opening it and it going off, so ensure that it’s the first thing you do before you even put the key in the door. You also need to make sure that your phone has enough charge left or you’ve setup a second account. There’s no backup deactivation dongle in the box, so if you’ve got a flat battery on your phone you’re going to have a very noisy welcome home. At £199 from Amazon, it’s also a little expensive.

    Head to the Elephant website for more details. Don’t forget that you can also use this to protect your caravan, trailer, car, garage, shed and much more.

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