OnePlus Sold Out of 5T In North America, No Plans to Restock

OnePlus has sold through its supply of OnePlus 5T handsets in North America and will not replenish its stores, reports Engadget. Kyle Kiang, head of global marketing and general manager of North America at OnePlus, said the 5T met stronger-than-expented demand in the U.S. and Canada. The demand led the phone to sell through weeks earlier than planned. The company won’t divert 5Ts meant for other markets to the U.S. due to the hassle of changing out charging adapters. With no 5T stock remaining, OnePlus doesn’t have any phones to sell in North America until its next device is ready. The company has for the last two years announced two phones each calendar year, one at the end of the first half and another at the end of the second half. It could be up to three months before OnePlus has a new device to sell in North America.

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Get yourself a Mi MIX 2 for a nice price

Get yourself a Mi MIX 2 for a nice price
Right, if you head to this AliExpress page you’ll see that that the Mi MIX 2 is up for £287.48.

If you hang about on the site for a bit, you should also get a pop-up offering some further money off. We got a full hands-on with it earlier this month. It features an 5.99″ 2160x1080p 18:9 screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 12 megapixel rear camera and that 5 megapixel selfie “chin cam” that Garry shows off in the video below..

This is an import, so here in the UK you need to check that it’ll do these 4G bands…

800MHz (Band 20)
900MHz (Band 8)
1800MHz (Band 3)
2100MHz (Band 1)
2600MHz (Band 7)

According to the specs, it certainly does, with the following being covered..

FDD-LTE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30

There’s also a fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, GPS and Quickcharge. I loved the look of the thing and, although there’s a new version out soon, this is still a handset I’d like to buy myself.

Head to the AliExpress page for more detail.

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Coolsmartphone Podcast 225 In Sync

This week Matteo and Khellan got together to discuss the Smasung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the HTC Desire 12 and a bunch of other nonsense. They went off the track a bit, but gracefully kept things short and sweet.

As usual, any feedback is welcome. Just pop a comment below or reach out to us on Twitter. Until the next episode, happy listening!

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Samsung 'Looking Into' Unresponsive Galaxy S9/S9+ Screens

Samsung has acknowledged that some Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets have unresponsive screens. Early adopters of the handset have taken to Samsung’s forums to voice complaints about the issue, which renders areas of the display unresponsive to touch input. “At Samsung, customer satisfaction is core to our business and we aim to deliver the best possible experience. We are looking into a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues. We are working with affected customers and investigating,” said Samsung in a statement provided to CNET. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ reached store shelves March 16.

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FCC Chairman Pai Plans to 'Take Proactive Steps' to Protect US Telecom Supply Chain

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said will take action to ensure the U.S. telecommunications supply chain is protected from potential threats. Pai made the comments in a response to members of Congress who expressed concern about AT&T and Verizon’s plans to sell Huawei handsets in the U.S. On December 20, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton, Angus King, John Coryn, Susan Collins, Roy Blunt, Jim Risch, Richard Burr, Marco Rubio, and James Lankford, and Representatives Frank LoBiondo, Brad Wenstrup, Elise Stefanik, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Michael Conaway, Michael Turner, Chris Stewart, Rick Crawford, and Peter King all signed a letter imploring Pai to examine the relationship between Huawei, AT&T, and Verizon. The main matter of concern in the letter from Congressional members to the FCC was that government employees might eventually buy and use Huawei devices from U.S. carriers. Some members of the U.S. government have long claimed that Huawei equipment could be used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans. Pressure on AT&T and Verizon put that matter to rest. Shortly after these members of Congress sent the letter to the FCC, AT&T and Verizon Wireless dropped plans to sell Huawei handsets. Earlier this week, Huawei’s retail partner Best Buy said it will cease selling Huawei devices in the U.S. Telecom companies in the U.S. are not allowed to buy networking equipment form Huawei. Even so, Pai alluded to taking more action. In his response he said, “I intend to take proactive steps to help ensure the integrity of the communications supply chain in the United States in the near future.” Pai did not specify what those steps might be, though Huawei and ZTE continue to be targets of government scrutiny. The FCC did not immediately return a request for comment on the nature of Pai’s intended actions.

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Smartphone and Surveillance Technology Helps Catch Serial Bombers

It took authorities 17 years to find the Unabomber. It took them 19 days to find the Austin bomber. The difference largely boiled down to technology. Smartphones and surveillance cameras played an instrumental role in tracking down Mark Anthony Conditt, who officials said was responsible for the string of attacks this month that terrorized Austin, Texas.

He was seen on video in two FedEx package shops. Authorities identified cellphone data that placed him at the site of the explosions. They tracked his internet searches and receipts. On Wednesday, authorities followed him from his motel, where he ultimately pulled over and blew himself up in his car.

Such technology wasn’t around when the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, was sending his bombs through the mail between 1978 and 1995. Ironically — today at least — his bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 20, were intended as a protest against technology.

Experts said what hasn’t changed since those days is the key vulnerability of most bombers: a huge ego.

They will find a way to be visible, according to Mike Rustigan, a professor emeritus of criminal justice at San Jose State University.

“Given more people with smart phones and given there are surveillance cameras most everywhere, you would think they would have a deterrent effect,” Rustigan said. “But the nature of these serial bombers — like Ted Kaczynski — is they think they can beat the system. It’s their monstrous egos that enable them to feel they’re above the law and they’re the one who will never be caught.”

But days after Timothy McVeigh blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, Kaczynski delivered a bomb near Sacramento in what Rustigan characterized as a display of one-upmanship. Then Kaczynski demanded the New York Times and the Washington Post publish his 35,000-word manifesto — which they…
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Can Self-Driving Car Movement Survive Its First Fatality?

The deadly collision between an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian near Phoenix is bringing calls for tougher self-driving regulations, but advocates for a hands-off approach say big changes aren’t needed.

Police in Tempe, Arizona, say the female pedestrian walked in front of the Uber SUV in the dark of night, and neither the automated system nor the human backup driver stopped in time. Local authorities haven’t determined fault, and federal transportation authorities say they won’t release any findings on the crash until their investigation is complete.

Current federal regulations have few requirements specifically for self-driving vehicles, leaving it for states to handle. Many, such as Arizona, Nevada and Michigan, cede key decisions to companies as they compete for investment that will come with the technology.

No matter whether police find Uber or the pedestrian at fault in the Sunday crash, many federal and state officials say their regulations are sufficient to keep people safe while allowing the potentially life-saving technology to grow. Others, however, argue the regulations don’t go far enough.

“I don’t think we need to jump to conclusions and make changes to our business,” said Michigan State Sen. Jim Ananich, the minority leader. He and other Democrats joined Republicans to pass a bill last year that doesn’t require human backup drivers and allows companies wide latitude to conduct tests.

Ananich called the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg a tragedy and said companies need to continue refining their systems. “I want that work to happen here, because we have a 100-year history of making the best cars on the planet,” he said. “It’s not perfect by any means, and we are just going to have to keep working until it is.”

Proponents of light regulations, including the Trump administration’s Transportation Department, say the technology could reduce the 40,000 traffic deaths that happen annually in…
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YouTube Friday – Honor 7X Review

YouTube Friday   Honor 7X Review
Iron Bru, Scotland, Matteo Doni. They all go together brilliantly, so we decided to add an Honor 7X into the mix too.

We’ve already had a full hands-on with the device in November and it then appeared in December. However, the price has gone down a bit now and you can pick one up for £239.99 unlocked. If you want to take a bit of a gamble, you can also buy the Chinese version for £165.99, and you can get £5.99 off that if you sign up to the eGlobal Central newsletter. The Chinese version doesn’t have Google Play (but you can install that easy enough) and there’s less storage – 32GB instead of the 64GB in the one direct from Honor UK. Oh, and the Chinese model also doesn’t seem to do 800MHz 4G. Here in the UK we use 800 MHz, 1800 MHz (1.8 GHz) and 2600 MHz (2.6 GHz).

Perhaps the best bet is to go to Amazon, where you can get the UK-spec one for £219.


This has a 5.93″ (2160 X 1080) edge-to-edge FullView 18:9 screen, the Kirin 659 octa-Core (4 x 2.36 GHz + 4 x 1.7 GHz) CPU, a 3340 mAh battery, 2.4GHz WiFi, 64GB storage (UK model) 4GB RAM (UK model) and a dual camera setup at the rear (16 megapixel + 2 megapixel). You also get an 8 megapixel front shooter and a microSD slot. The usual Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and 3.5mm headset port is there but…

..why am I telling you all this when I can hand it over to Matteo to show you around?!

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Joe Adams Recognized on "Who's Who in Compliance" List

Phoenix, Arizona — March 23, 2018 — Constar Financial Service’s Chief Compliance Officer, Joe Adams CCCO, CRCP, CIA, Executive Vice President, Hampton Pryor Group was recognized in the 2018 Who’s Who in Compliance by Collection Advisor magazine.

Commenting on this accolade, Travis Bowley, Empereon-Constar’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are excited that Joe’s industry leading compliance expertise has been recognized in this way. This honor is well deserved, and Empereon-Constar is extremely proud of Joe’s accomplishment.”

Nominated by industry leaders, Joe was one of over a dozen accounts receivable professionals who were honored for their efforts as compliance professionals to “not only strive to discern and adhere to regulation but educate professionals around them,” as stated by Collection Advisor.

Joe Adams is a well-known and respected industry leader with over 30 years of experience in the credit and account receivables management industry. During this span, he has served as a “C” level or senior/executive operations leader for some of the leading banks, credit grantors, debt purchasers and collections agencies in the country, including CitiFinancial, CitiMortgage, Paymentech Merchant Services, First USA/Bank One, Collins Financial Services and Asset Management Outsourcing. Joe holds several professional designations and certifications and is an active ACA International Certified Instructor. He is also an active CFPB specialist with direct communication access, as needed.

“Being recognized for the work you do is a great feeling,” Joe said, and when asked by Collection Advisor to answer: “What is something first and third-party accounts receivable professionals should act on regarding compliance in 2018?” Joe responded: “Reviewing all aspects of their Compliance Management System to ensure that the proper controls are in place to guarantee its effectivity and success.”

About Empereon-Constar

Empereon-Constar is a leading business process outsourcing company providing end-to-end customer engagement and customer management…
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YouTube Friday – The Huawei Band 2 Pro. Video review.

YouTube Friday   The Huawei Band 2 Pro. Video review.
You kids. All you want to do is watch YouTube. Written text? Pah! That’s so last century, and if I make this article more than two paragraphs long you’re all going to lose interest anyway, so…

After the rather amazing Huawei Band 2 Pro review I posted yesterday, my son asked me why I’d not done a video. He’s right. The youth of today seems to want to see me sitting in my car on a cold Friday morning faffing around with a fitness band, so here goes …

Get the full review here. The fitness band also works as a wrist notification, silent alarm and the battery lasts for weeks. Really good bit of kit this.

I’ve just realised that I’m into paragraph number four. Doah.

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