Broadcom Lays Off 1,100 to Cut Costs

Broadcom says it has let go of about 1,100 employees in the wake of its $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade. The Brocade deal closed in November 2017 and the firm has since been working to integrate the two. The company let employees go from a number of its business lines and is still evaluating whether or not more cuts are needed. The firm says it has so far incurred $143 million in restructuring costs related to the layoffs. One of the primary reasons to acquire or merge two companies is to create efficiencies within. This often translates to job losses. Broadcom heavily targeted Qualcomm in the latter months of 2017 and early months of 2018, but was eventually rebuffed. Broadcom makes components and devices for wireless communications, storage, and infrastructure.

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Gmail for iOS Intros Notifications for High-Priority Messages Only

Google is rolling out a feature to its iOS Gmail app that will let people receive notifications only for messages deemed high priority. Google says the optional feature relies on machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify messages that the recipient may want to read first. A new “High Priority Only” option appears in the Notifications drop-down in Gmail’s settings. Users will need to select it if they wish to test the scaled-back notifications. The feature is already available to the latest Gmail app for iOS and will reach Gmail for Android devices soon.

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Two hot big-data EE SIM-only deals.

How do you fancy a £100 Amazon Voucher?

If you had one of those, you could buy the Honor 9 Lite that we reviewed for just £69.95.

Two hot big data EE SIM only deals.

But wait. How do you get a £100 voucher? Well, right now if you head to HotUKDeals there’s two EE offers on. The first is a 20GB plan for £20 per month. On the HotUKDeals site you’ll see this go down the £11.66 because you’re effectively taking £100 “off” due to the voucher. I’d rather just see it as £20 per month and a £69.95 on-off cost for a phone myself, but you can keep your existing handset and use that Amazon voucher on something else if you want.

Two hot big data EE SIM only deals.

So, if you spread that £69.95 for the pone over 12 months we’re effectively talking about a brand new Honor 9 Lite and 20GB of monthly data for around £25.83 per month. Boom.

If you want even more data, there’s also a 40GB SIM-only offer for £25 per month. You also get that £100 Amazon voucher with that one.

Oh, and both of these deals will also give you 6 Months Apple Music too. That’s a deal, isn’t it? Eh? Eh!

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Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

Morning people. I’ve just aged. I took this one out of the box and asked my son to guess what it is. We’ve not really got a radio in the house. There’s an alarm clock but I use an old Android phone with a Bluetooth speaker in the kitchen as our “kitchen radio” and, with the help of iPlayer radio, Spotify and a radio streaming app, we’ve never really needed a “normal” radio.

“Is it a Bluetooth speaker, with a screen?”, he said.

Well close. Yes, yes it is. It’ll connect easily to your phone and it’ll be your Bluetooth speaker. It’s a great quality sound too, being more powerful and better quality than a lot of the “kitchen radio” kit you’ll see on sale. My son isn’t familiar with the old school “radio” and hasn’t seen one in a kitchen lately.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

So are these things needed any more?

Well, putting the Bluetooth speaker element into the mix is definitely interesting and means you get more tech in one box.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

Here in the UK everything feels like it’s going “full-on DAB”, but many, many cars still have FM receivers and there’s a lot of radios out there which sit in houses up and down the country receiving AM and FM only. Our big “switch over” to DAB may be dragging a little, but it is happening and, if you have a DAB radio like this, you can get a huge selection of stations which are a world away from the frankly terrible and narrow FM choices. Here in Staffordshire we used to have quite a choice on FM, but now a lot of the old local commercial stations have merged and the remaining three or four choices sound very similar.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

On DAB there’s a much larger mix, and a lot more categories too. Not only that, but the audio quality is clearer and there’s less variability in the signal. It’s either there or it’s not, there’s no in-between.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

The radio itself is a great size but, once you put that extendable aerial up, it can lose balance easily – especially in the wind. I didn’t find this a problem in the kitchen, but on a table during a quick trip to Cyprus it needed some help. This is where the rear “leg”, which flips out, helps a great deal. Oh, and while I’m here – small point – there’s absolutely no DAB in Cyprus. Not that I could find anyway. Luckily you can switch modes to FM easily and it’ll let you know what’s being broadcast via the display.

Perhaps the best way for me to show you around this device is via a video…

The display itself isn’t overly bright in direct sunlight and, like your phone screen, it’ll quickly go off (unless you change the settings) the conserve battery life. However, it is very detailed and has a lovely colour to it. The light sensor up front increased or decreased brightness depending on the surroundings. There’s also a simply and easy-to-understand interface. I certainly didn’t need the manual.

This is the first time I’ve used a DAB radio of this size, and despite that screen going off fairly quickly, I was still a bit worried that the battery would be going flat fast. Not so though. Instead it kept going for around 20+ hours, even when cranked up quite loud. It was easy to recharge too – just grab any microUSB cable and whack it in the back. You can also use the cable to upgrade the firmware of the device when it becomes available.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

That sound, which I’ve touched on before, really is good. There’s a few preset equaliser settings and you can also add your own personal setting. This latter option means that you can crank up the bass and treble then save your settings. However, I’d recommend using the default ones as they’re louder (for some odd reason) and generally sound better. The out-of-the-box “tabletop” setting worked very well and the audio quality generally was top notch. It’s got a 4W RMS speaker inside with digital amplification.

The top of the unit has the navigation keys so that you can get around the menu system. There’s a clock, sleep timer and alarms too, so you can use it as a bedside alarm clock or a smoothing night-time speaker.

Although there’s only 4 preset buttons on the front, you can actually set 20 DAB / FM presets. The volume control sits on the right, as does the power button and a “lock” so that you can prevent accidental key presses.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

As I mentioned before, this is really portable. The PR guys don’t know yet, but I’ve taken this across Europe in the last few days and it’s so easy to slip into a bag or coat. Weighing in at 190g and measuring 65 mm (H) x 130 mm (W) x 20 mm (D) this is slim and lightweight. Although the aerial pops up and extends out to help achieve a better reception, you can also plug your heaphones in and they will be used as an aerial instead. Nice touch.

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker   Review

Right now this is selling for £89.99 from the Pure website but it’s also available via Amazon, John Lewis and elsewhere. The sound quality, depth and it’s ability to “fill a room” is without question. This is a fantastic and very polished bit of kit. It’s well designed and engineered right here in the UK and, even though I’m a bit biased, I have to admit that Pure have done a fantastic job with this one. It’s a brilliant Bluetooth speaker, a perfect FM radio and a stunning DAB radio all in one. This really is the one to get. Go buy one right now.

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AT&T Finalizes Acquisition of Time Warner

AT&T today said it has completed its purchase of Time Warner, a deal originally valued at $85.4 billion when it was announced in October 2016. Earlier this week, a U.S. judge sided with AT&T after the Justice Department sued the company to block the deal. After losing the case, the Justice Department made no further recommendations against the deal and AT&T wrapped up the legal paperwork quickly. Time Warner — and now AT&T — owns Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner, which in turn owns CNN and other media properties. “Combine [Warner’s content] with AT&T’s strengths in direct-to-consumer distribution, and we offer customers a differentiated, high-quality, mobile-first entertainment experience,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T in a prepared statement. “We’re going to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.” Many fear the deal will lead to less choice and higher prices for consumers. Moving forward, AT&T will consist of four core businesses: AT&T Communications (mobile, broadband), AT&T media (Turner, HBO), AT&T International (mobile in Mexico), and AT&T’s advertising and analytics. AT&T says it will create a formal name for this last business unit later in the year. John Donovan will serve as CEO of AT&T Communications, John Stankey will serve as CEO of AT&T’s media business, Lori Lee will serve as CEO of AT&T International, and Brian Lesser will serve as CEO of AT&T’s ad and analytics business. All four will report to Randall Stephenson, who remains chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc.

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3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio

The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks. The Non-Standalone portion of the 5G spec was ratified late last year and covers 5G that hooks into existing LTE 4G systems. “The freeze of Standalone 5G NR radio specifications represents a major milestone in the quest of the wireless industry towards realizing the holistic 5G vision,” said Balázs Bertényi, chairman of 3GPP RAN. “5G NR Standalone systems not only dramatically increase the mobile broadband speeds and capacity, but also open the door for new industries beyond telecommunications that are looking to revolutionize their ecosystem through 5G.” The SA 5G NR and the NSA 5G NR standards will together include the technology used by commercial entities, the air interface, and end users. The spec was approved by more than 600 delegates from the world’s leading carrier, handset, and silicon vendors. Some participants included AT&T, DISH, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Kyocera, LG, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, SoftBank/Sprint, Sony, Verizon, Xiaomi, and ZTE. The 3GPP said the technical specifications for the ratified SA 5G NR will be published in the days ahead.

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Verizon Intros More Flexible Mix-and-Match Unlimited Plans

Verizon Wireless today overhauled its unlimited postpaid service plans. The company now offers three tiers of unlimited service that each has its own features. All three plans included unlimited talk and text, Verizon Up Rewards, and Canada/Mexico calling and texting. The base plan, called go unlimited, includes unlimited LTE data, DVD-quality video streams (480p), and 600 kbps mobile hotspot service. The beyond unlimited plan bumps high-speed service to 22 GB per month, improves video streaming to HD (720p), and boosts mobile hotspot to 15 GB per month at LTE speeds. The new above unlimited plan lets people use up to 75 GB of high-speed data, carries over HD video streaming, and improves mobile hotspot to 20 GB per month at LTE speeds. The above unlimited plan also adds five travel passes for use when roaming abroad, and 500 GB of Verizon cloud storage. Pricing is where things get interesting, but is why Verizon is calling it a mix-and-match plan. Families can pick a different unlimited plan for each member. A single line costs $75, $85, or $95 for the go unlimited, beyond unlimited, and above unlimited plans, respectively. Adding lines — no matter to which plan — offers a discount. For example, a three-person family could get one line of go unlimited for $50, one line of beyond unlimited at $60, and one line of above unlimited for $70. Adding a fourth family member would drop the per-line prices for these plans to $40, $50, and $60 and the family could select whichever makes the most sense for that person. Families can also add a Hum X, tablet, or jetpack for $20 per month, or a connected smartwatch for $10 per month. Verizon says these prices don’t include taxes, fees, or device payments, and require account holders to enroll in autopay. Verizon’s new unlimited plans will be available starting June 18.

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Another frightening scam call

Another frightening scam call

Months ago I wrote a story after receiving a scam call on my mobile. The call came from a UK landline number and featured a computerised voice telling me that my home was under CCTV surveillance. It also stated that the Inland Revenue were starting proceedings against me. Apparently I’d been subjected to “a legal lawsuit” with me “as the suspect”.

It’s properly scary for those that receive these calls. They use phrases and terms which strike fear into those unlucky enough to receive them. Today, I got another, this time from 0208 123 3817. Returning the call sends you to an answer phone.

I’ve made a recording of the call. It went straight to my answerphone because I didn’t recognise the number. I do this all too much now, and it’s a sad thing to say about the world we live in but – if I get a call from a number which isn’t in my contacts list, I’ll immediately drop it.

The message can be heard below. My answer phone cuts the start of the call slightly as the automated robot “speaking” didn’t wait for the tone. It tells me that “Important paperwork has been undelivered and returned unsigned” so there’s now “a warrant for your arrest” and the issue is “very time sensitive”. This is nasty stuff. Very nasty.


The advice I’d give, if you’re ever in any doubt about these things, is ask yourself whether a Government agency really use a text-to-speech system to inform me of such an important and critical issue like this? No. Also, always check on Who-Called.co.uk. Just whack in the number that called you and you can instantly see if it’s a scam. People can easily leave comments on there and, as you’ll see below, I’m not alone in getting this particular scam call. Here’s some of the comments for the 02081233817 number…

Another frightening scam call

Do NOT fall for it. They want you to call back and pay “tax”. It’s not the tax office. It’s a nasty, horrible scam which is all too easy to do. Getting a VoIP number in the UK takes seconds. Setting up an auto-dialer, playing an automated message, it’s all too easy.

Block them. Get an app to block spam calls. Check the number on Google. Use your phone to prevent that number calling again.

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Apple Confirms It Will Lock iPhone Lightning Port to Protect Users from Law Enforcement

Apple today said it will change the behavior of iPhones in order to protect its users. The company plans to alter its software to lock the Lightning port of iOS devices that are not used for an hour. The function, called USB Restricted Mode, prevents data transfer via USB, though the phone can still charge through a Lightning cable. The idea is to thwart law enforcement use of GrayShift and Cellebrite boxes, which are able to crack iOS security using a direct USB connection through the Lightning port. The devices work by disabling the number of times passwords/PINs can be guessed by the machine before the iPhone is locked or erased. “We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data,” said Apple in a statement to Reuters. “We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.” The Lightning port will be re-enabled for data transfer once the owner enters their password, PIN, fingerprint, or Face ID. Apple primarily expects the feature to protect consumers “in countries where police seize phones at will.” Researchers discovered USB Restricted Mode in beta builds of iOS 10.4 last month. Apple told Reuters that it will be added permanently to iOS in a future release.

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Twitter Aims to Make Discovery Simpler and More Rewarding

Twitter today announced a number of changes to the way it arranges tweets, trends, and topics in order to help people find and read about the things that interest them. For example, breaking news will now be added to the Happening Now tool that appears at the top of users’ feeds. Twitter says it is expanding this function from local sports teams to include breaking and personalized news and videos. Similarly, Twitter also intends to test sending notifications about breaking news based on user interests. Twitter says people will be able to turn these notifications off if they wish. Twitter is overhauling the Explore tab. As it stands, the tab is organized by content type (videos, links). Moving forward, Twitter will organize the tab by topic to help people see what’s happening in news and entertainment. The search tool gains improvements, too, as it will display information (news, events, stories) that is related to search queries in order to provide a broader picture. Last, Twitter is reorganizing the Moments tab. The new look trades horizontal swiping for vertical scrolling to improve usability. Moments will also gain multiple timelines in order to surface more tweets about the subject, highlighting the latest commentary. Twitter says these changes are rolling out piecemeal to Android and iOS devices over the next few weeks.

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