Apple: The Early Bird Gets the iPhone X

Standing outside in the elements all night in order to pick up the latest iPhone is surely one of the great traditions of Apple fandom. And if you’re inclined to do so for the upcoming iPhone X, Apple is actively encouraging you.

According to an announcement on Apple’s website, the new phone will be available for walk-in customers in 55 countries on Friday, November 3 at 8am local time. You’re “encouraged to arrive early.”

But if you don’t feel like standing outside and getting pelted by rain or possibly snow overnight, you’ll be happy to know that pre-orders for the hotly anticipated smartphone will go live this Friday, October 27, at 12:01am PT / 3:01am ET / 8:01am GMT / 6:01pm AEST. You can pre-order through either the Apple Store app or via Apple’s website.

Keep in mind, though, that reports currently claim that only around two or three million iPhone X units will be available at launch, so those pre-orders might be filled before the page even loads for you. Standing outside could end up being a better idea than it initially seems, depending on where you are.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Apple’s uncommon strategy of releasing two widely different types of smartphone this year appears to have led to comparatively modest interest in the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Both phones boast some nice features, but they’re basically mere iterative improvements over last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In any other year, we may have been calling the iPhone 8 the iPhone 7s. Last month we even told you that it just doesn’t make sense to buy the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), though, is likely the device the Apple faithful have their eyes set on. It’s difficult to say…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Amazon Rolls Out New Appstore for Android Devices

Amazon has made available a new version of its Amazon Appstore mobile app for Android. Amazon says the Appstore has been rebuilt from the ground up with revised navigation tools. For example, a nav bar at the bottom of the app lets people jump between different pages, while the categories tab lets users quickly sort through apps in a more visual way. A tab called My Apps helps people manage the apps they’ve already downloaded from the Appstore to their device. The Appstore makes use of Amazon Coins for making app purchases. People can buy Coins in bulk at a discount, which Amazon says saves money over the long run when compared to traditional payment methods. Amazon says most Android app developers won’t need to do anything to adjust their apps for the new Appstore. The Amazon Appstore for Android is free to download directly from Amazon.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

HMD Global Allowing Nokia 8 Owners to Beta Test Oreo

HMD Global unveiled the Nokia Phones Beta Lab, where it will make pre-release versions of software available to interested testers. The first release is a beta build of Android 8 Oreo, which is being offered to the Nokia 8 smartphone. As expected, the beta software adds notification dots, picture-in-picture, autofill passwords, quicker boot times, and the latest security patch. Nokia 8 owners will need to join the Nokia Phones Beta Lab in order to gain access to Android 8. HMD Global didn’t say how long it will test Android 8 on the Nokia 8, nor how soon it might offer Oreo to other handsets. The Nokia 8 is HMD Global’s current flagship smartphone. It has a 5.3-inch quad HD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, series 6000 aluminum shell, and 13-megapixel front and rear cameras with Zeiss optics.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Apple Bought Wireless Charging Company PowerbyProxi

Apple confirmed that it has acquired PowerbyProxi, a New Zealand-based company that designs and sells wireless charging products for both consumers and businesses. Apple did not provide terms of the deal. Wireless charging appears for the first time the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Apple adopted the Qi wireless charging standard for its new iPhones. These latest iPhones can use existing Qi-based wireless charging pads, though Apple will release its own charging pad early next year. Apple didn’t say why it bought PowerbyProxi, but clearly it can use the company’s expertise to create more charging pad accessories for iPhones and other products.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

nCube. Simple and effective

The nCube is a compact, light, blue and simple design for making the management of your smart home simpler in a very crowded smart-home space. The tidy little box quietly sits on your network either through WiFi or directly into your router within your home.

nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective

The box it arrived in was a simple as the unit itself and was not difficult to see what needed to be done but sadly I was wrong. After numerous attempts to connect to the units own WiFi through the app failed, I plugged the unit directly into my AmpliFi unit. I stopped using the iPad application due to continuous problems, but the Android application worked smoothly. You are required to enter an activation code which is under a rubber flap which is under the nCube, which was slightly annoying but we got up and running quite swiftly.

nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective

Once you enter the menu system of the nCube, the next step is to discover all your assets (or smart toys) to begin managing your smart home.

nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective

For the purpose of the review, I setup a couple of mobiles, Sky box and an Amazon Echo which were all in my front room at the time. The application also gave you options to setup groups and loads of automation options.

nCube. Simple and effective
nCube. Simple and effective

The box does have access to lots of smart devices which can be typically managed by the likes of Alexa and co, but for those who are quite visual and hands-on, it is a nice solution.

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  • LISNR Announces Biggest Innovation in Mobile Payments

    CINCINNATI — Oct. 24, 2017 — LISNR®, the global data-over-audio leader, announces the KAB® (Kilo Audio Bit), the first data-over-audio solution to support data transmission speeds of 1,000 bits per second. This is the biggest technological advancement in data-over-audio since the emergence of the company’s first solution in 2012. This also marks LISNR® as the first truly viable solution for secure data transmission over audio in financial services.

    For financial services, data throughput has been the number one limiting factor for securely sending information using audio. This component has restricted security and encryption capabilities as well as the speed to authentication or completing a transmission. Sending data at 1,000 bits/second with sound allows for EMV-like data transmission — in under a second, depending on the size of the data packet — making LISNR® a profitable alternative to NFC or the QR code.

    “Our number one focus when driving our product innovation is how can we reshape the end-user experience while adding value for businesses,” says Rodney Williams, LISNR® Co-founder and CEO. “The payment industry has struggled with adoption rates using overly complex solutions for seemingly simple user processes. Companies such as Google, with the Google Tez product in India, have been trying to solve these challenges using audio. But they fall short in terms of data throughput and security. We’re excited to have built the first commercially viable solution for the financial sector and look forward to the future of data-over-audio.”

    Originally called Smart Tones™ in 2012, our audio technology has evolved into the KAB® (Kilo Audio Bit), a feat that is 10 times faster than the closest competitor, enabling unparalleled encryption and speed to authenticate. LISNR® is formally making this announcement on-stage and presenting a live demo at Money 20/20 [this week in Las Vegas]. They are also welcoming companies to beta…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Gmail Gains Third-Party Add-Ons

    Google today added support for add-ons to Gmail on the web and Android devices. Add-ons allows power users to bridge Gmail with other business apps for smoother productivity and workflows. Moving forward, Gmail will be able to “contextually surface your go-to app” based on the email at hand to get things done faster. Google says add-ons function the same across the web and Android, so they will only need to be installed and activated once. Google has been testing add-ons with developers since earlier this year. Some of the first to support add-ons include Asana, Dialpad, DocuSign, Hire, Intuit QuickBooks, RingCentral, Smartsheet, Streak, and Trello. The Trello add-on, for example, lets people turn emails into actionable tasks within Trello than can be shared with colleagues. Google says add-ons for Gmail will first be available to its G Suite business customers.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Google Assistant Now Features Family Fun Activities

    Google today added some 50 games, activities, and stories intended for families to Google Assistant. Using Google Assistant on Android devices or Google Home, families can initiate fun and learning activities by saying things such as “Okay Google, let’s learn” or “lets play a game” or “tell me a story.” Google says the kid-friendly update is meant to help families spend time pursuing activities together than don’t necessarily involve screens. The new family fun stuff can be configured for kids younger than age 13 (with parents permission) so children can have their own personalized account via Family Link. The new features are rolling out to Android and Google Home devices today.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Instagram Lets People Add Friends to Live Video

    Instagram today added a feature to its live video tool: the ability to add a second participant. When broadcasting live video, a new button makes it possible to invite another to join the broadcast. When that person accepts, the live video will change to a split-screen view with the original broadcaster in one window and the invitee in another. The original broadcaster can remove their guest and add someone else at any time, and so too can the invitee leave the stream whenever they wish. A new symbol (two stacked circles) makes it easy to see when live video includes more than one participant. Instagram says the new live video feature is rolling out to the latest version of its Android and iOS mobile apps.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    FCC Looking to Enable Nationwide Number Portability

    The FCC wants to make it easier for consumers and businesses to port their number from one carrier to another. People can already bring their number with them when they change carriers, but there are location-based limitations that sometimes prevent porting from one area of the country to another. The FCC wants to erase the location-based limits so people can bring their number with them no matter where they go. “Nationwide number portability would benefit consumers and competition in many ways,” said the agency. “It would level the playing field for small wireless providers, which often can’t port in a number originating from a location where they lack facilities. It would eliminate disparities that make wireline and VoIP porting more limited than wireless porting. And it would increase network efficiency in an era where all-distance calling is the norm.” The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and is seeking comment on the idea. It wants to hear from industry players with respect to the regulatory and technological issues that may need to be surmounted in order to bring number portability to all carriers nationwide.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News