Podcast 248 – They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning.

Podcast 248 – They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning.
A two week break? What’s all that about then? Well my friends, we’ve had a lot of launches and there’s a lot to talk about. We’ve also got an all-new intro. Exciting stuff, and in this episode I seem to be staying mainly on-topic without too much chatter about petrol stations or car horns. Strangeness!

    • The new Asus Flipper Phone.
    • Watch the squirrel!
    • Problems for Huawei
    • Ambulance!
    • I broke another phone.
    • New 5G opportunities
    • The Xperia 10 review.
    • New 5G opportunities
    • The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G appears
    • Hipster Troll Carwash

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EE – Down for whatever

EE   Down for whatever

If you’re an EE customer then you could be having problems making and receiving calls right now. Problems appear to have started at 8 this morning and have progressively got worse as the day has gone on. EE have just added this update to Twitter

…which has several angry responses, including those wanting compensation for lost business and the fact that it could be a safety issue for those believing that the network should be held to account…

Rather awkwardly, EE are holding a big press event tomorrow, which is likely to be overshadowed by this rather large outage. EE have stated that..

Some of our customers have experienced intermittent problems making calls on 4G this morning. This issue has been resolved for the majority of those affected and normal service for all customers should resume shortly.

Calls over 3G, data services and text messages have not been affected, so customers have been able to get online and use apps and messaging services as normal. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused.

More details as we get them…

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PuroQuiet™ active noise cancelling children’s headphones

As a father of two and as someone who has listened to far too much rock ‘n’ roll over the years, finding headphones suitable for my kids is not as easy as you might think. Before World Hearing Day in March this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) commented, “Nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years – or 1.1 billion young people – are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices.”

PuroQuiet™ active noise cancelling children’s headphones

Introducing the PureQuiet headphones, which have been developed by a father who understands the same issues. The latest studio-grade wireless headphones for kids feature active noise cancellation with a volume limited to 85dB and Bluetooth at v4.0. The headphone’s isolation capabilities are especially useful for children with sensory sensitivity and Puro Sound Labs is the first ever company to be Certified Sensory Inclusive but KultureCity.

Puro Sound Labs founder and CEO, Dave Russell, says, “Studies show that listening to music above 85dB for extended periods of time can cause permanent hearing damage and the louder the volume, the quicker the damage can occur.

“Puro Sound Labs was created to address the world health epidemic of noise-induced hearing loss after my wife and I became aware that our daughter had hearing damage at a young age, which we determined as a result of listening with her headphones too loudly. We want kids to enjoy great sounding music but we also want to be sure that they are listening at safe volume levels. We’re excited to extend the performance level of our Healthy Ears products with active noise cancellation for greater ambient noise reduction and improved sound quality.”

Key Specifications:

  • Active Noise Reduction Performance: Safe -22 dB
  • Physical Ambient Noise Reduction: 82% at 1KHz
  • Volume Limiting: 85dB Sound Limit
  • Audiophile Headphone speaker: 40 mm Custom Dynamic Drivers
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz with <1% THD
  • High-Quality Qualcomm CSR8635 Chipset
  • Bluetooth v4.0 Wireless w/A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP Support
  • Wireless Operating Distance: 30 Feet
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Noise Cancelling Playtime: 16 hours approx.
  • Longplay Battery Life: Up to 22 hours of normal use, 200 hours standby
  • Available Colours: Blue/Black, Pink/White

Package Contents:

  • PuroQuiet Headphones
  • Attractive Compact Carrying Case with Backpack Clip
  • USB Charging Cable
  • 3.5 mm Auxiliary Audio Puro Limiter® Cable for Non-wireless Use
  • Quick start guide

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Honor 20 Series live stream

Honor 20 Series live stream

We are on the ground at the Honor 20 Series launch event and will be doing our best to update you as we on our Twitter account. However, as is the case at the major event’s reception is normally patchy at best. If you want to follow along with the live stream you can do so here.

More coverage will be going out as we get it….

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Wiko's First US Phone is The Ride, an $80 Phone for Boost

French phone maker Wiko today made its US debut with launch of the Ride, an $80 Android phone available now from Boost. The Ride is an entry-level phone with a 5.45-inch display, 5 megapixel main camera, 2 megapixel selfie camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 2,500 mAh removable battery. It has a memory card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and runs Android version 9 (Pie). Wiko is a 5,000-person company that makes phones with a focus on design that are popular in Western Europe. To support its US operations, the company is opening offices in Plano, TX and Atlanta, GA.

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FCC Chair Pai Recommends in Favor of T-Mobile / Sprint Merger

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will recommend the agency approve the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. To secure the recommendation, the companies have promised to divest the Boost prepaid brand and not raise prices for three years. With Commissioner Brendan Carr also announcing his support, the deal seems close to FCC approval. The Department of Justice must also approve the deal.

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Trump Ban Cuts Huawei Off From Google's Android

The Trump administration issued an executive order last week preventing “foreign adversaries” from doing telecommunication business in the US. Although the order’s wording was vague, the implementation includes preventing Huawei from doing business with any US software or hardware supplier, including Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom. This means Huawei will no longer be able to ship new phones to western markets with Google’s version of Android that includes the Play Store, Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Gmail. Huawei can still use the open-source version of Android, but Android phones without Google services are a tough sell in western markets. Although Huawei can use its own SoC chips instead of Qualcomm’s, being cut off from US hardware suppliers is likely to affect its smartphone business worldwide. The company has reportedly been stockpiling chips and parts from US companies for months to prepare for this possibility.

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Google drop-kicks Huawei.

Google drop kicks Huawei.

The smartphone landscape is cut-throat. HTC? Gone. Sony? Motorola? LG? Struggling.

But Huawei have enjoyed a massive rise to fame. They were already huge in China, but they’re now huge in various places around the world and, here in the UK their phones are selling like hot cakes.

One of my contacts once told me that “Huawei want to sell as many phones as possible because at the end of the day, a lot of Huawei kit powers the mobile networks. The more phones they sell, the more Huawei networking kit they can sell”.

Back in 2015 I went to China too look at the company for myself. It’s huge operation, with living quarters, a university, massive R&D locations, factories, production-lines and design teams. Make no mistake, it was clear that they were about to hit the big time across the world, and they weren’t shy about their ambitions….

Their innovations have helped push the Huawei brand into the collective consciousness, and their own CPU’s have also given them an edge over competitors. In addition, their sub-brand, Honor, has performed well.

But now we’re hitting some very rocky waters. The lovely Mr Trump has started a trade war with China, and signed an executive order to stop US companies from using telecoms kit supplied by “foreign adversaries” which pose “unacceptable risks” to national security. Huawei was added to that list, which Trump considered to be part of a “national emergency”. It means that Huawei couldn’t supply 5G voice and data equipment to the US, because the US thought that the Chinese government, working with Huawei, were spying on the US.

Think about that for a minute though, and consider just how much information Google (an American company) has on you right now.

Google drop kicks Huawei.

Anyways, here in the UK we’ve approved Huawei kit being used for “non-core” bits of the 5G equipment, such as masts. Meanwhile Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei tech from 5G too. France, Belgium, Germany and other European countries haven’t, however, placed an out-right ban on the Huawei networking kit as yet.

Today, though, things got a whole lot worse. Google have banned Huawei from some of the Android updates on their smartphones. This is a massive blow which we’ve can’t really understate. The American company said ….

We are complying with the (US executive) order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.

This means that Huawei can continue to provide security updates for current Huawei and Honor phones, but the new version of Android and apps such as Google Maps, YouTube, even Gmail, may not arrive on all Huawei devices. Oh, and no Google Play either, which is… well, a death-knell unless this gets sorted out.

Google drop kicks Huawei.

At worst, this would mean that Huawei would be trying to sell phones with an outdated Google Android OS and no Google apps. That would be an impossibility.

To add to their woes, before anything actually happens, these negative newspaper headlines are going to impact sales.

Huawei – as you’ll have seen above – have a huge amount of talent, man-power and resources. They already have their own app store and their own CPU architecture. They could look at a new OS, or perhaps they could adapt and augmenting the Android OS, perhaps side-loading Google apps or something similar ?

Either way, the US-China trade war is now causing massive changes across the world, and Huawei customers globally could see their new smartphones deprived of essential Google apps and Android updates. Donald Trump has just restricted your choice of smartphone. Huawei and Honor, if things don’t change, could struggle to sell new phones shortly.

In my opinion? Well, this is the price that customers are having to pay thanks to the insular and restrictive practices of the US government. Trade wars like this will only get uglier. I personally don’t buy the “national emergency” excuse. Huawei’s handset sales went by 50% in the last quarter, while Apple’s iPhone sales fell 23%. Trump and Tim Cook met just weeks ago.

Perhaps China will retaliate by blocking all iPhone exports to America?

My brutal opinion? I’m absolutely furious. The is Google acting on the orders of a complete unhinged American President.

Google knows where you live, where you work, every place you’ve visited, all your passwords, who you email and what your voice sounds like thanks to your Android phone. Meanwhile there doesn’t seem to be any hard evidence of this “Huawei spying” but action is being taken anyway. Huawei sales are rising rapidly, and this is just childish retaliation. It doesn’t just impact customers in the USA, but all Huawei and Honor customers everywhere. And who’s next? Will Trump add Samsung? Or Xiaomi? Or OnePlus?

This is blinkered, inward-looking, small-minded stupidity from Donald Trump which will reduce choice for everyone across the world.

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Wiko Entering US Phone Market

French phone maker Wiko is entering the US market this month. A statement on their new US web site states that they are “partnering with one of the leading mobile carriers to offer a smartphone … created to simplify your life at an affordable price.” The company already sells its phones in more than 30 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Representatives have confirmed to Phone Scoop that they have plans to open US offices in Plano and Atlanta.

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Minecraft + AR + The World = Minecraft Earth

Microsoft is working on a new Minecraft game for phones that uses AR to overlay Minecraft as a persistent, massively multiplayer game over the whole planet. Players will be able to build with Minecraft blocks anywhere in public. Players will be able to see avatars of other players and collaborate. Adventure challenges will pop up in the game, with rewards like treasure and rare blocks. Microsoft says it will kick off a closed beta of Minecraft Earth this summer on iOS and Android. Microsoft is also starting with select locations before eventually expanding the game to be truly global.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News