Nougat Reaches Smattering of AT&T's Galaxy S6 Variants

AT&T this week began distributing Android 7 Nougat to the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 Active. Along with the new version of Android, the update introduces Samsung Cloud, Samsung Pass, and a wide range of bug fixes and performance improvements. According to AT&T, the update will remove the AT&T Address Book and MobiTV apps, while it brings the security patch level up to April 1, 2017. The new operating system is rolling out to these phones already. AT&T updated the Galaxy S6 edge+ to Nougat earlier this year.

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Imagination to Divest Biz Units In Wake of Losing iPhone Contract

Imagination Technologies said it plans to sell two of its business units and strengthen its balance sheet before its years-old partnership with Apple expires. Earlier this year Apple told Imagination Technologies that it will no longer need the company’s GPUs for the iPhone in 15 to 24 months time. Apple is Imagination Technologies’ largest customer and the loss of the iPhone maker’s business will result in a transformative change for Imagination Technologies. The company has already begun a legal dance around Apple. “Imagination has been unable to make satisfactory progress with Apple to date regarding alternative commercial arrangements for the current licence and royalty agreement [and] has therefore commenced the dispute resolution procedure under the licence agreement with a view to reaching an agreement through a more structured process,” said the company. Imagination contends that Apple will not be able to design and manufacture its own GPU without violating Imagination’s patented technology. At the same time, Imagination is preparing to sell its MIPS and Ensigma businesses. Imagination will hold onto its PowerVR businesses unit. Imagination Technologies did not spell out a timeframe for making these changes.

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SoundCloud Can Now Create Personalized Playlists Similar to Spotify

SoundCloud on Wednesday has announced a new feature called The Upload. It is a basically a playlist that is algorithmically generated based on a user’s listening habits. If that sounds familiar, it is because the idea comes very close to the highly celebrated and heavily trafficked concept of the Discover Weekly feature from Spotify. The […]
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Lego Released its Coolest Spaceship and it Looks Amazing

Creative and fun are the two words that can describe Lego. Lego is an idea as far as it is a toy.  In an age where high tech gadgets and Wi-Fi enabled cuddly toys, the humble Lego brick has not only endured, it has survived and thrived against all odds. Lego is no stranger to […]
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These Weird Japanese Toys Should Never Have Been Made in the First Place

Japan is a nation that is known for its cutting edge technology inventions and an undeniably unique culture. With art, technology, and cuisine, the country produces certain attributes that are distinctly Japanese. It is often easy to tell when something is made in Japan, such as the design of their robots that look distinctly Japanese. While […]
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The “i” in Google

Descartes wrote ‘i think, therefore i am,’ or he would have done had he been using Google Gboard for Android with auto-correct turned on. This bug, where the letter “i” for the first-person singular pronoun failed to default to the upper case “I”, has recently been fixed with a long-awaited update. But it took a long time. It took a very long time.

The i in Google

I’m no coder, so I don’t know for sure, but i would have thought the bug could have been fixed just by inserting a line into the Gboard code with an instruction going something like  ‘IF “i” ALONE + SPACE THEN “i” JOLLY WELL = “I”’. Would it not have been that simple?

It did cross my mind that the bug took so long to fix because Gboard coders had to undo some sort of extensive sabotage by rivals Apple. I imagined that covert Apple engineers had infected the Gboard code with a virus designed to insert an ‘i’ before the words ‘phone’, ‘pod’ and ‘cloud’, but that this virus had mutated to affect the first-person singular pronoun. But then my imagination does lean toward daft conspiracy theories.

The QUERTY keyboard, i have heard it said, was designed to prevent the mechanical keys on typewriters getting tangled up by clever-Dick secretaries who could type really fast with more than two fingers.

The full row of keys in question is in fact ‘QWERTYUiOP’, and is still with us today, even though most people nowadays type with two thumbs, and despite several better alternative keyboard layouts having been designed.

Why does this inferior layout persist? It seems that professional typists, especially clever-Dick secretaries, don’t like change, and would rather stick with a system they know, rather than have to re-learn something new. That’s what i believe, anyway. And change after all can be catastrophic.

Imagine the chaos that would ensue if we in the UK changed to driving on the right-hand side of the road overnight. A crazy idea? Many Americans, who all drive on the wrong side of the road though they think it’s the right side (it is the right side spatially i admit), think we should.

But then Americans are quirky people who think that the word-form monstrosity ‘burglarize’ is better than the good old-fashioned verb ‘burgle’. Americans also drive a mile down the road when the rest of the world drives 1.6 kilometres. They also think a man who’s like a Bond Villain makes a good president. So, i say, don’t listen to them.

And don’t get me started on the French, who not only drive on the right, but also put mayonnaise on their chips and say ‘appy instead of happy even though everyone knows it’s plain lazy to drop your ‘h’s when speaking. Non! Non! Non!

 The i in Google

It is said that a modern oil tanker is so massive that any correction to its course has to be initiated by the captain thousands of nautical miles in advance (perhaps even millions, though that might be the Starship Enterprise), otherwise the ship wouldn’t turn in time and would be unable to avoid obstacles in its path.

 Fortunately, oceans are enormous bodies of fish-filled water (try swimming across the Atlantic without spotting a haddock if you doubt me), and so mistakes can be corrected in good time without the ship pile-driving into oil rigs and sinking medium-size yachts.

And so, i ask, is there a ship out there called the SS Google, so massive that it is incapable of correcting a bug in a keyboard’s auto-correct system without taking weeks over it? Because i wonder. I really do.

Furthermore, in twenty years from now, will the standard first-person pronoun in the English language be ‘i’ instead of ‘I’? For a long time there Google seemed to be counting on it.

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  • EE scrap roaming fees in tariff refresh

    EE have today become the latest UK network to announce roaming changes in Europe just in time for summer. It comes just after Vodafone did the same thing in April and about 9 months after EE launched an inclusive EU roaming package.

    The UK’s largest network has confirmed that from 15th June, roaming in Europe will come out of your allowances for all Pay Monthly and Pay as you Go customers in 47 counties. Yes, EE EU OK?

    There’s 47 destinations covered, including Switzerland, Monaco and the Isle of Man. Let’s hope that this inclusive roaming situation continues after that whole Brexit business too eh?

    The official blurb states that EE customers old and new can enjoy…

    Inclusive roaming to 47 European destinations as part of their mobile, mobile broadband or tablet allowance*. Existing customers, whether in or outside of their contract period, will benefit from inclusive roaming at no extra cost and will receive an SMS to let them know of the changes to their plan, as well as a reminder when they switch their phone on abroad. Customers that would like to benefit from inclusive roaming before June can sign up at any time to one of EE’s new plans without affecting their upgrade dates or length of contract.

    EE scrap roaming fees in tariff refresh

    For customers who travel a bit further, the new Max plans will boost the free roaming countries to 52 and include USA, Mexico, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

    These will be available to new and upgrading EE customers from 10th May, with new SIM Only plans following later in the month.

    EE launches European roaming for all customers at no extra cost and new 4GEE Max plans with inclusive roaming in more places than any other network

    ·         In time for summer, all existing EE mobile pay monthly and pay as you go mobile customers can take their UK allowance abroad to 47¹ European destinations including Switzerland, Monaco and Isle of Man

    ·         New industry-leading 4GEE Max plans combine generous data allowances, the fastest speeds in the UK, and allow customers to use their call, text and data allowances in 52 destinations worldwide across Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand

    ·         EE mobile customers are always in control of their spending, with best-in-class usage alerts, and data caps

     

    4 May 2017, London – As part of its mission to offer the best experience for UK mobile customers, EE is announcing that all existing pay monthly and pay as you go customers will soon enjoy roaming to 47¹ European destinations at no extra charge. EE is also launching a new range of 4GEE Max plans, designed to offer the ultimate roaming experience for customers with more inclusive destinations worldwide than any other UK network.

    Inclusive roaming for existing EE pay monthly and pay as you go customers

    From 15 June, all existing EE pay monthly and pay as you go customers will enjoy inclusive roaming to 47 European destinations as part of their mobile, mobile broadband or tablet allowance*. Existing customers, whether in or outside of their contract period, will benefit from inclusive roaming at no extra cost and will receive an SMS to let them know of the changes to their plan, as well as a reminder when they switch their phone on abroad. Customers that would like to benefit from inclusive roaming before June can sign up at any time to one of EE’s new plans without affecting their upgrade dates or length of contract.

    New 4GEE Max plans

    EE is also introducing a new range of 4GEE Max plans on 10 May for new and upgrading customers. The new plans allow customers to use their UK call, text and data allowances across 52 destinations, more than any other network, including Europe1 as well as the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand – which covers over 80% of time EE customers spend overseas. Now EE 4GEE Max customers can video call from LA, or live-stream Sydney Harbour in HD at no extra cost with their UK allowances. 4GEE Max customers also get access to our fastest available 4G speeds abroad with 125 EE partner networks.

    4GEE Max plans also come with EE’s largest mobile data allowances as well as the UK’s fastest 4G speeds, 4G in more places across the UK than any other operator and inclusive access to the BT Sport app for the duration of the plan. 

    On the new 4GEE Max plans customers can now get the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship handset for just £9.99 on a £62.99 per month, 24 month plan which offers unlimited calls, unlimited text and a whopping 25GB of data.

    EE CEO Marc Allera said, “Our customers want to be able to stay connected whether they’re travelling around the UK or abroad. We go further to provide our customers with 4G in more places across the UK than any other operator, and we’re offering inclusive roaming in more destinations as well – so our customers can stay in touch whether they’re lying on a beach in the Mediterranean, checking out the latest restaurants in New York, or hiking in New Zealand.”

    EE is also launching new 4GEE plans, which offer inclusive roaming in 47 European destinations. 4GEE plans offer unlimited UK minutes and texts, generous data allowances and superfast 4G speeds.  Finally, EE is also offering new entry level 4GEE Essential plans, designed to provide customers with the most affordable access to 4G speeds on the UK’s biggest 4G network2  

    EE’s new 4GEE plans are available with a wide range of 4G handsets or as a SIM only plan. SIM only plans are perfect for those who already have a phone and start from as little as £10.99**. EE is also introducing the same roaming benefits for its mobile broadband and tablet plans for new and upgrading customers from 1 June***.  

    No unexpected data bills

    EE mobile customers are always in control of their spend, with best-in-class usage alerts which inform them when they’re near the end of their data allowances, and data caps – so unlike some networks they can never run up an unexpected bill. Whether at home or abroad, customers are put in control of exactly how much data they use.

    More benefits for EE customers

    In addition to using their standard allowances abroad, customers with a free data boost as part of their pay as you go pack or pay monthly data boost with their EE home broadband plan will be able to use their additional data when they travel abroad as well as in the UK. 

    When combined with the latest smartphones and tablets, EE customers benefit from a 4G network which covers more than 75% of the UK landmass – more than any other 4G or 3G network in the UK. EE’s superfast network has the most 4G capacity and the fastest network speeds, boosted by 4G+ in the UK’s busiest towns and cities. EE also offers WiFi Calling and 4G Calling on select devices and plans, allowing customers with enabled handsets to call and text in more places across the UK. EE aims to cover 95% of the UK landmass with 4G by 2020.

    EE customers also benefit from 100% UK and Ireland based call centres, a newly updated My EE app, which provides people with even more flexibility and control over their account, including checking data usage, available allowances and add-ons, as well as getting advice on everything from how to pay their bills to checking their balance on-the-go. EE customers can also access the innovative EE Network Status Checker tool that provides real-time and personal updates to customers about network performance. Customers can set tailored alerts for places that are important to them, such as their place of work, their home or the home of a loved one, and they will receive personalised alerts if there are network issues.

    For more information about EE’s new price plans and roaming changes, please visit: www.ee.co.uk/roaming

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  • Gmail for Android Now Warns of Phishing Attempts

    Google has updated Gmail for Android with a new security feature. Moving forward, links within emails that lead to suspicious sites will call up a warning from Google. The tool specifically looks for phishing attacks and will warn people as they click links. The new security feature arrives just as a massive phishing scheme attempted to sucker Google Docs users. Google says this new Gmail security feature is being fast tracked to all users.

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