Google Drops Third Beta of Flutter for Android and iOS UI Development

Google today made the third beta release of Flutter available to developers. Flutter is a set of tools that can help developers create user interface designs that work on Android and iOS. Google says Flutter is quick and easy to use, and can be utilized by experienced and novice developers alike. It includes frameworks for windows, widgets, animations, and image libraries. It includes a GPU-accelerated renderer and native ARM code runtime. It supports accessibility features, right-to-left text, localization, and internationalization. On the iPhone X and iOS 11, it support inline video, additional image formats, and background processes. This third beta fully enables Dart 2 with a focus on client development. It helps developers handle coding syntax. A new widget inspector makes it easier for developers to create and preview their UIs. Visual Studio Code is now fully supported, with its own dedicated Flutter extension. Last, Flutter is a toolkit for Material Design, which means developers can match Google’s design language via Flutter if they choose. The end result, hopes Google, will be better looking and better functioning mobile apps that developers can create once for both Android and iOS. More information about the new features in Flutter Beta 3 can be found at the Flutter blog on Medium.

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Apple Reiterates that All New Apps Must Support iPhone X

Apple today released a new beta build of iOS 11.4 and reminded developers that they need to use the latest tools and support the newest devices as they code their apps. “Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X,” said Apple on its developer web site. The company had previously said it would require iPhone X support by April; it has apparently extended that deadline by three months. The iPhone X display swaps the 16:9 aspect ratio found on the iPhone 7 and 8 for a 2:1 aspect ratio with a notch at the top. It also boosts the resolution beyond full HD. iOS 11 adds a significant number of tools for developers, such as Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, better Apple Music integration, and drag-and-drop for the iPad. Developers can find the iOS 11 SDK on Apple’s developer web site. Apple is expected to announce iOS 12 as soon as next month at its Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Fitbit's Promised Update for Versa Arrives

FitBit made good on its promise to update the Versa smartwatch with new features. A software update is available today that brings quick replies to people who pair their Versa with an Android device. People will be able to create up to five custom quick replies of 60 characters or less and use them in response to text messages, as well as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. FitBit said this feature is not planned for use with iOS devices at this time. The update will also bring female health tracking to the Versa, allowing women to keep track of their monthly cycles. Women should find it easier to manage their cycles and gain a more complete picture of their health and fitness data. These features will eventually be installed on the older FitBit Ionic smartwatch. The Versa has been available since last month for $200.

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Review: LG G7 ThinQ

The G7 ThinQ is LG’s latest Android flagship phone. It wraps a dual-camera system, top-of-the-line processor, and audiophile components in a metal-and-glass chassis that’s sleek, modern, and waterproof. The G7 ThinQ is an alternative to today’s Galaxies and iPhones. Find out if it is for you in Phone Scoop’s in-depth review.

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MediaTek Given Permission to Sell Chips to ZTE

The Taiwanese government has given MediaTek, a Taiwan-based supplier of mobile chips, permission to once again sell its products to ZTE. After the U.S. government halted U.S. suppliers from selling to ZTE for a period of seven years, the government of Taiwan paused such exports in its own country. It required MediaTek and other Taiwan businessss to file an application for permission to sell to ZTE. Taiwan granted MediaTek, which specializes in mobile processors, that permission today. “We fully understand high-tech factories’ characteristic of fast-paced shipments of goods, we won’t create obstacles for the pace of their exports,” said the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade in a statement provided to Reuters. “Taiwan’s government has its own control mechanisms, which is independent of the way the U.S. looks at it in a given situation.” ZTE recently filed official paperwork with the U.S. Department of Commerce seeking an end to the ban, which threatens its very survival.

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InvizBox Go, for secure internet anywhere

Being able to protect yourself whilst on the go is vital as it is so easy to be compromised when using public services like Wi-Fi. Invisbox, who is an Irish Cyber Security company has produced the portable VPN tool called Invisbox Go. In addition to this, the InvizBox Go also features ad blocking, can act as a Wi-Fi extender and is also a power bank. InvizBox Go is available to purchase from https://www.invizbox.com/buy/ with packages starting at £105/$150/€119.

InvizBox Go, for secure internet anywhere

There is no software to install and the InvizBox Go keeps up to date with regular security and feature updates. InvizBox Go uses either a VPN connection or a connection to Tor to fully protect the local network.  Each InvizBox Go has access to a fast and secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) which consists of over 500 servers in 20 countries to keep internet traffic safe whilst still allowing access to blocked websites. With so many so-called free VPN services out there not actually doing the job properly, it is always worth investing in a strong VPN product.

InvizBox Go, for secure internet anywhere

Ad Blocking

The InvizBox Go also has a list of known ad providers that they deem trustworthy and can optionally block those domains for all of the devices, removing unwanted ads. InvizBox will automatically keep this list up to date so users do not have to worry about new ad providers coming online.

Wi-Fi Extending

If there is a Wi-Fi weak spot in a home or hotel room whilst traveling, the InvizBox Go can simply be used in “extender mode” which allows devices to be connected to it to relay traffic and strengthen the connection.

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ZTE Files Paperwork to Have Commerce Dept. Ban Suspended

ZTE has filed an application with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security in hopes that the government will suspend its ban against the company. Last month, the Commerce Department banned U.S. companies from selling parts or software to ZTE for a period of seven years. The government put the ban place because ZTE was caught misrepresenting the actions it took after settling with the government for an earlier infraction (exporting technology to Iran). ZTE has called the ban unfair and unreasonable, suggesting it could put the company out of business. The ban prevents companies such as Qualcomm from supplying ZTE with processors and also prevents companies such as Google from licensing the Android operating system to ZTE. Last week, a U.S. trade delegation met with Chinese trade officials who asked the U.S. to reassess its actions against ZTE. The U.S. delegates said they would speak with President Donald Trump about the matter.

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Google Assistant Can Now Help You Buy Movie Tickets

Google today made it easier for people to buy movie tickets thanks to a partnership with Fandango. Now, Android device owners can ask Google Assistant for help purchasing tickets. After finding a movie, theater, and time that works, Google Assistant will hand you off to Fandango online. People can buy tickets via Fandango without downloading or installing the separate Fandango mobile app. Movie queries that are started on a Google Home product will be forwarded to your phone to complete the purchase. The online tool ensures that you can select the right number of tickets, as well as pick reserved seats in theaters that include such options. This feature is reserved for Android phones right now. Siri can provide similar assistance on the iPhone.

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T-Mobile Adds the LG K30 to Its Roster for $225

T-Mobile recently made the LG K30 available for sale from its web site for $225, or $9 per month for 24 months. 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 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. The phone features a 13-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera. 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; LTE with support for Band 71 (600 MHz), GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, and FM radio; and a microUSB port. It ships with Android 7 Nougat.

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China Requests US to Dial Back ZTE's Punishment

China hopes he U.S. will have a change of heart and alter the seven-year ban it imposed against ZTE. Senior officials from both countries met in China on Friday, says Reuters, to discuss this and other trade matters. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped ZTE hard by banning U.S. companies from selling the Chinese phone maker parts or software for a period of seven years. This includes processors and operating systems such as Android. The ban was imposed because ZTE broke an earlier agreement it made after it was caught exporting gear to Iran. The punishment is severe enough that it threatens to destroy ZTE’s phone business entirely. ZTE called the ban unacceptable. Reuters’ sources say the Chinese representatives asked the U.S. reps to listen to ZTE’s appeal and consider the steps the company has taken to address the matter. China’s Ministry of Commerce confirmed that the U.S. officials took the matter seriously and they promised to discuss the matter with President Trump. U.S. officials insist ZTE’s punishment is not related to broader international trade policies, but there’s no question the U.S. has ramped up action against Chinese phone firms. Members of the government have pushed hard against Huawei, which saw distribution deals with AT&T and Verizon Wireless evaporate in January. Earlier this week, the Pentagon banned base exchanges from selling Huawei and ZTE phones. Some members of the government are pushing to make it illegal for government employees to own or use a Huawei phone for work purposes. It’s unclear what impact China’s request concerning ZTE will have in the long run.

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