Snap Executives Have Started Selling Their Shares

Three of Snap Inc.’s top executives sold their first batch of company shares, picking up an estimated $9.3 million, according to federal disclosures.

Employees at the Snapchat maker became free Monday to sell shares awarded through options or other compensation plans.

Restrictions in place after the Los Angeles company’s initial public offering in March barred employees from earlier trading. And Snap co-founders Evan Spiegel, chief executive, and Bobby Murphy, chief technology officer, were the only executives who sold during the IPO, getting $17 a share for 16 million shares each.

The executives who sold off shares Monday got only $11.29 to $13.14 for their collective total of 745,000 shares.

Snap shares have been hammered since the IPO as investors express concerns about slowing user growth, choppy sales and fierce competition with social media leader Facebook.

Spiegel told financial analysts last week that he remains bullish about the company’s road map and that he and Murphy wouldn’t sell any more shares this year. Snap declined to comment.

The executives — Timothy Sehn, senior vice president of engineering; Drew Vollero, chief financial officer; and Imran Khan, chief strategy officer — made their sales under structured trading programs that are common among corporate officials privy to sensitive information. In such programs, a predetermined number of shares is automatically sold at regular intervals when price targets are hit.

Each of the three held on to at least 91% of their overall Snap holdings, including options.

It’s unclear how many rank-and-file employees sold at their first opportunity. But wealth management experts have estimated few would make big trades because their profit potential is low at Snap’s current share price.

Shares rose 38 cents, or 3%, to $13.12 on Wednesday. Several analysts have said the price volatility isn’t showing signs of abating soon.
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Xfinity Says It's Now Available In All Comcast Markets

Xfinity, Comcast’s wireless service, today said it has expanded its availability to every market in which Comcast has a presence. The low-cost service launched in April, but was limited to just a small selection of markets. Now, Comcast customers can take advantage of the wireless offering and tie it to their existing internet and television service. Xfinity has also tweaked its service plans. Moving forward, the company offers unlimited service (up to 20 GB of high-speed LTE 4G) for $45 per line per month. It also sells access for $12 per 1 GB, which can be shared across all the lines in a plan. Xfinity offers all customers unlimited talk and text and a base 100 MB of data to get them started. Taxes and fees are included in the pricing structure. Xfinity operates on Verizon’s network, but will offload data traffic to Comcast-owned WiFi hotspots when they are available. Xfinity says it has 18 million such hotspots positioned around the country. Xfinity offers a number of popular phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7. Customers can pay full price up front or over time via monthly installments.

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How to unlock your Sony Xperia XZ Premium

How to unlock your Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Try as I might, I’ve been unable to loan a Sony Xperia handset so that we can give you a review. At the launch during Mobile World Congress I was, however, very impressed by the build quality and the sheer speed of the thing, which in tests could pull 1Gbps over the EE network.

It comes with a 4K UHD 5.5″ 2160×3840 pixel screen, that fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB RAM, a 19 megapixel Motion Eye unit camera, DLNA, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 13 megapixel selfie shooter.

How to unlock your Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Luckily, last week, I actually got to play with one of these for around an hour. The camera was particularly impressive and my friend, who I sadly don’t see that often, was singing its’ praises. At 195g it doesn’t feel to heavy but definitely has a “presence” and feels incredibly well built. It’s also water resistant (IP65/68) and has the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for speedy charging.

Inside you’ve got 64GB of storage to play with and a microSD slot for more. But, although I wanted more time with it, I was here for a reason. My mate had bought it with EE and now wanted to unlock it so that he could use it on a different network. His employer were offering him a plan, but it wasn’t with EE, so he wanted to put a new SIM in.

How to unlock your Sony Xperia XZ Premium

As with many networks, the phone is locked to the network you’ve purchased it from, so you can only use the phone on that network. Unlock the phone and you’re free to switch to a competitor, and possibly reduce your monthly outgoings by getting a SIM-only plan which will give you more for less.

I headed off to unlock Sony Xperia XZ Premium with Codes2Unlock.com. It’s just a matter of choosing your phone make and model, then telling them which network it is currently locked too. Although there’s the usual market stalls and mobile shops in the high street that will offer unlocking services, I tend to prefer the online store as I have a bit more confidence and I can make sure that I’ve got a 100% money back guarantee with this particular site too. Click through and you’ll then need to just put your IMEI number in. You can get this by simply dialing *#06# on your phone and it’ll pop up. It’s a unique identifier for your mobile and it’s essential when properly unlocking your phone to have this.

After adding your name and your email address, it’s just a matter of paying. Once you paid the required amount for this, it takes between 1 – 3 days to come through. Credit/Debit cards and PayPal payments are accepted.

Once you have done this online via any of the trusted sites like Codes2unlock.com or GSMUnlockhub.com you will get the codes on your email with few simple instructions to unlock your Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Since doing this, my mate has now gone back down south to work and has let me know that the unlock code came through fine. He followed the instructions from the company and it only took a few seconds to successfully unlock, giving him the freedom to switch to another network or, if he wanted to, get more money when selling the phone on.

 

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  • Nokia 8 official!

    The time has come. Nokia have returned the to flagship party!

    At least, this is what we are being told. We’ve got details from all the material released during the press event, held yesterday.

    Nokia 8 official!

    The more obvious question is, why should we care that Nokia are back in the mix?

    Well for me this is a really easy one to answer. Nokia (under HMD Global), are the only phone company that are able to use ZEISS optical technology in their camera.

    They have made a rather big deal about this and have actually got three of the blighters in the Nokia 8! The three cameras are all the same sensors and are all rated at 13 megapixelswith f/2.0 apertures. The front camera features phase detection auto focus and wide angle to make your selfies look amazing. Nokia tell us that the smartphone should .. “Be less Selfie. Be more #Bothie.”

    On the back there’s two sensors – a full RGB unit and the other is monochrome. This setup has been seen before on the Huawei and Honor devices, and I really liked it there, so I have no reason to think it will be any different here.

    The Nokia 8 also features a some very cool camera software that you would of course expect from a flagship-grade phone.

    Nokia 8 official!

    The “Bothie” mode is referred to as “Dual sight mode” and it is the real reason for them using the same camera tech front and rear. It will allow you to share both what you see and a picture of your own mug in the same image. I can see this being used by the Instagram generation and and those who liveblog. In fact, HMD is so confident in this feature that a lot of their marketing will focus on these two customer segments.

    Another nod to the social media focus is the inclusion of OZO Audio from the Nokia OZO camera. Essentially this tech will allow you to capture the full 360 degrees audio experience when you are filming content. This in turn will allow the recipient of the video to experience the video in all its audible glory. The phone will use all three of the mics located on the body to allow it to capture this experience.

    Nokia 8 official!

    Onto the guts of the phone and, as you can imagine, all of these features will require a powerful core. So, it is a good thing that HMD have gone and stuck the Snapdragon 835 processor into this along with 4GB of RAM. This all cooled by a full-length copper cooling pipe which has a graphite shield to dissipate system heat across the full body of the phone. Sounds fancy doesn’t it!

    Last, but by no means least, the phone is running Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. As such it will remain clean and uncluttered. The only real exception to this is the camera UI, as this is necessitated by the inclusion of the “Bothie” functionality.

    HMD Global have even gone so far as saying that this will receive Android 8 quickly too – as fast as the Nexus and Pixel lines. We will need to see if they can hold true to that claim in the long run though.

    Nokia 8 official!

    We can expect to see the Nokia 8 arriving on our shores very soon with a release said to be happening in September. This is a bit vague. As for the pricing, we have been told that it will be €599. This would equate to £549 with the current exchange rates.

    The phone will come in a variety of colours and finishes including both matte and glossy versions. The colours are Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper.

    Nokia 8 official!

    In the meantime here are all the specs of the phone and we hope to be able to bring you a full hands on report of the phone very soon.

    Specifications

    Design:-Size 151.5mm x 73.7mm x 7.9mm
    Colors:- Polished Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, Polished Copper
    Network and connectivity:- Network speed LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
    802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO), BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC (sharing) ANT+
    Operating system:- Android™ 7.1.1 Nougat
    RAM:- 4 GB LPPDDR4X
    CPU:- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform, Octa core, (4 2.5GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU + 4 1.8GHz Kryo)
    Storage:- Internal memory 64 GB1 UFS2.1, MicroSD card slot Up to 256 GB
    Audio:- Connector 3.5mm ADJ headphone jack, 3-mics
    Display:- Size and type 5.3” IPS QHD, Resolution 2560 x 1440, Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
    Camera and flash:- Primary camera 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash,Front-facing camera 13 MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
    Connectivity and sensors:- Connectivity Type C, USB3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
    Sensors:- Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer
    SIM slot 1 nano-SIM slot + 1 nano-SIM or 1 MicroSD card slot
    Battery and charging:- Battery type 3090mAh2, non-removable
    Others:- Splashproof (IP54)

    More details are available on the Nokia website.

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  • New Docker Enterprise Release Modernizes Apps for Hybrid IT

    A new version of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) was announced today and is now available, with expanded features for running applications in a hybrid IT environment. The company describes Docker EE as the only Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform for managing and securing Windows, Linux, and mainframe apps across any infrastructure — both on premises and in the cloud.

    Docker says its updated Enterprise Edition is designed to help IT staff modernize their network infrastructure, while connecting disparate, legacy systems. The new version provides a container-management platform that unites Windows, Linux and mainframe apps in the same cluster, on a single platform. It includes customizable access-control tools for Bring Your Own (BYO) device environments, plus new features for managing the software supply chain, and support for IBM Z mainframe computers.

    Banjot Chanana, Head of Product Management for Docker, claims Docker EE can help IT staff accelerate application delivery by 13x while reducing expenses by more than 50 percent.

    Secure Multi-Tenancy for BYO Environments

    The new release lets IT staff customize role-based user-access, setting both physical and logical boundaries for different users and teams sharing the same Docker EE environment. These enhancements allow teams to use a “bring your own” IT services model, where different teams rent their own nodes, multiple teams share resources, or a specific team is granted access to just a specific set of resources.

    Obviously these types of features are most applicable for complex network setups — for example, in organizations that need to onboard new lines of business, or incorporate shadow IT projects while preserving workflows and keeping application owners separate, across a shared environment.

    The key is that different teams can be consolidated to use a single infrastructure securely, while maintaining separate physical and logical boundaries.

    Policy Automation To Speed App Development

    Another advantage of the new release is its ability to automate and…
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    VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN Wins 'Fierce 15' Award from FierceWireless

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 17, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced that FierceWireless, a publication from Questex, LLC, has named VeloCloud to its annual ?EU?Fierce 15?EU? list of the year’s most promising, privately held startups in the wireless space.

    FierceWireless recognizes groundbreaking technology, advancements, improvements and contributions to the overall wireless community through the Fierce 15 awards program.

    This FierceWireless award reiterates the tremendously positive impact that VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN continues to have on Enterprise and Service Provider network implementations. VeloCloud Dynamic Multipath Optimization over multiple wireless and wired links, multi-tenant Wi-Fi segmentation, application prioritization and VeloCloud Multisource Inbound Quality of Service for cloud services distinguish VeloCloud as the leader in SD-WAN. The VeloCloud Edge includes integrated WiFi for local area network coverage and optional integrated cellular for wide area network links.

    ?EU?FierceWireless is proud to once again present the Fierce 15,?EU? said FierceWireless Editor Colin Gibbs. ?EU?The Fierce editorial team is constantly on the lookout for interesting startups and emerging companies in wireless. We’ve tracked a long list of potential candidates over the last year and whittled the candidates down to these 15 selections.?EU?

    VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. Global Service Providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility by delivering elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, and integrated advanced services all via a zero-touch deployment and operations model. Both Enterprises and Service Providers benefit from the multi-tenant cloud gateway architecture and the ability to support real-time applications over private, broadband and wireless links. With VeloCloud, The Cloud is the Network™.


    ?EU?FierceWireless is a prestigious publication focused on the latest trends, analysis and news within the wireless industry, and…
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    LG V30 pictured

    The smartphone manufacturer has been keen to let us know certain bits of information about their upcoming V30 device. It’s going to have an F1.6 aperture camera with a glass lens. The dual camera setup also gets laser detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization too.

    What they probably didn’t want to reveal though, was what it actually looked like. Not yet anyway. The leaker, in this case, is the ever-reliable Evan Leaks.

    LG V30 pictured

    In addition to the official details on that rear camera, LG have also told us that the V30 will have UX 6.0+, an “advanced version” of their user interface which has been tweaked and optimised to work on the LG V30 18:9 OLED FullVision display.

    The “Second Screen” we saw in the LG V20 has now become a “Floating Bar” – a semi-transparent widget which provides quick access to your favourite apps and frequently used functions. You can drag it off the display when you don’t need it.

    Other improvements include the always-on display, which now does more than just display the time. LG have packed in extra customisation, so you can display quick links, the music player or a photo of your choosing.

    Security-wise, there’s “Face Recognition”, to allow unlock via the front facing camera. This works even when the display is off. A Voice Recognition system uses your voice and keywords to unlock the device without even touching it.

    More as we get it on this one.

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  • STK now available in John Lewis too.

    STK now available in John Lewis too.

    Morning, morning all. It’s Thursday already so we’ve nearly made it to the weekend. Remember STK? They were once a distribution company before becoming an accessories brand and then a mobile phone manufacturer selling well-priced feature and smartphones.

    Designed in London, we last saw the handsets arriving in the UK via Carphone Warehouse. They’ve since grown the amount of outlets, with handsets available in Asda, Amazon, Dixons Carphone, JD Williams and, announced today, in John Lewis too.

    The phones will sit next to the likes of Apple, Samsung and Sony. Customers will be able to choose between the Hero X and Life 8 smartphones or the dependable R45i feature.

    To view the full range, head to JohnLewis.com

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  • HMD Global Intros Nokia 8 Flagship Smartphone

    HMD Global, the sole licensee of the Nokia brand, today announced the Nokia 8 flagship Android smartphone. The handset is milled from 6000 series aluminum and polished to a high-gloss finish in black, blue, silver, and copper. The Nokia 8 boasts a 5.3-inch quad HD screen with curved Gorilla Glass 5, and it is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and 64 or 128 GB of storage (depending on color selection.) All versions support microSD memory cards up to 128 GB. Like many modern flagships, the Nokia 8 adopts a dual-camera configuration with two 13-megapixel cameras on the rear with LED flash. One camera captures full color images and the other captures monochrome images along with depth and contrast information. Both feature Zeiss optics. The front camera has a 13-megapixel sensor, too, with a display-based flash. All three cameras have f/2.0 lenses. The Nokia 8 includes software that allows people to shoot photos and/or video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time. Other specs include a 3.090mAh battery, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, NFC, and Cat 9 LTE. The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat and costs $700. HMD Global didn’t immediately specify where the Nokia 8 will be sold.

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    Google Home Owners Can Now Make Free Calls

    Google today enabled free voice calls from its Google Home speaker. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. Google says Home owners in the U.S. and Canada can initiate free voice calls to anyone in their contacts, as well as any business, by simply asking Google Home to make the call. The calls are completed over the Home’s WiFi connection. For now, those who receive a call made via Google Home will see “unknown” or “no caller ID” when it rings their number, though Google hopes to let people display their mobile device number in Home calls by the end of the year. People who subscribe to Google Voice or Project Fi can use their Google number with Home right away.

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