Google Pairs Its Home Speakers with Your Bluetooth Speakers

Google today said any of its Google Home speakers can now connect to other Bluetooth speakers in your house so you can control your music via voice commands and spread tunes around your home. Using the Google Home app, people can pair Bluetooth speakers directly with a Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max. Once connected, say “Hey Google, play my evening playlist” to listen to your music directly on the nearest Bluetooth speaker. Google says this works without forcing users to specify which speaker the music should be played on. As long as speakers are added through the Google Home app, multiple speakers can play the same music in different rooms. The feature only applies to music and entertainment. Google says all other Assistant-based queries, such as getting weather updates, will need to be directed at a Google Home device. The new feature is rolling out to all Google Home products over the next few days.

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Online Advertising Set for Record-Breaking Year in 2018

Online advertisers are expected to outspend TV advertisers by $40 billion this year. That means 40 percent of the world’s ad spending is expected to take place online in 2018, according to new forecasts from advertising measurement company Zenith.

Online ad spending first beat out TV as the biggest ad medium last year.

Internet ad growth is being driven by social and video display ads, like those found on Facebook and YouTube. Globally, social media ad spending is estimated to rise 21 percent to $58 billion while video ad spending is rising 19 percent to $32 billion in 2018.

At 42 percent of total spending, search ads like those on Google remain the biggest form of online advertising, expected to reach $95 billion this year. Online search and classified spending is expected to grow less than 10 percent.

No surprise, all of this growth is taking place on mobile, which grew 25 percent this year to 60 percent of internet ad spending and 24 percent of total ad spending. Meanwhile, desktop ad spending declined nearly 4 percent.

As a whole, Zenith predicts global ad spending to rise about 5 percent, reaching $579 billion at the end of the year. That growth was revised upward from the 4 percent Zenith predicted in December and represents the biggest quarterly upgrade the company has made in seven years, thanks to upward momentum from markets in China, the Philippines, Argentina and Ireland.
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Doubling Down on Education, Apple Touts $299 Tablets for Students

Apple is doubling down that the iPad will be the future of education. Apple unveiled a new, cheaper iPad model for as low as $299, aimed at students from elementary school to college. The new 9.7-inch iPads will be compatible with Apple Pencil stylus, feature Apple’s second-latest processor chip and support for more than 200,000 education apps, Apple revealed Tuesday morning.

The iPad is available at $299 for schools and $329 for consumers. Students also will get a $10 discount for the Apple Pencil, costing $89. The school-focused price will be the cheapest for any iPad in the market.

Apple unconventionally chose to announce the new iPad outside of its headquarters in Cupertino and its past venues in San Jose and San Francisco, and instead hosted the product event at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. Chicago’s public school district partnered with Apple last December to teach nearly 500,000 students how to code using Swift, Apple’s in-house coding language.

Apple’s latest event was a pushback to the growing presence of Google Chromebooks in classrooms across America. Chromebooks, which can be as cheap as $149 and support Google’s software services such as Google Docs and Drive, now make up more than half of all computer shipments to K-12 classrooms in the United States in 2017, according to the data firm Futurebooks Consulting.

“We believe that our place at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts makes it possible to create and amplify our creativity,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “This is something only Apple can do.”

Apple’s vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak touted that the new iPad with its A10 Fusion chip was “more powerful than most PC laptops and virtually every Chromebook.”

Google on Monday, a day before Apple’s announcement, unveiled its Chrome OS tablet made by Acer. The tablet, like the new…
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InfluxData Expands in EMEA with Time Series Database Tools

SAN FRANCISCO — March 28, 2018 — InfluxData, the modern Open Source Platform built specifically for metrics, events and other time series data that empowers developers to build next-generation monitoring, analytics and IoT applications, today announced its continued expansion in EMEA to meet growing global demand for its time series database metrics and events platform, including hiring two key EMEA officials.

InfluxData has appointed former Canonical and Rackspace executive Rob Gillam as its new EMEA Sales Director. In addition, the company has named Dean Sheehan, former Apcera and iWave executive as its new Senior Director of Pre- and Post-Sales. The EMEA regional expansion comes on the heels of last month?EU?s round of $35M in funding to expand worldwide Sales, Marketing and R&D and fuel the company?EU?s rapid acceleration internationally, where it has seen a significant rise in revenue and growth.

“InfluxData has experienced a dramatic increase in demand from EMEA enterprises for our purpose-built time series platform,” said Evan Kaplan, InfluxData CEO. “The demand is driven by accelerating enterprise investment in IoT and DevOps monitoring and control applications. We are pleased to add Rob and Dean to our executive team to help us rapidly expand our EMEA presence. We will rely on their expertise and experience as we work to support our existing and new customers in the region.”

According to DB-Engines’ latest results, InfluxData is the overwhelming worldwide market leader, with its InfluxDB user popularity ranking nearly three times more than the nearest competitor. To date the company’s EMEA operations account for 40 percent of total revenue, with projections for significant growth. InfluxData is also seeing synergies with important industry organizations in-region, such as its work around IoT and the Eclipse IoT Initiative. Due to popular demand, the company has also expanded its InfluxDays…
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Facebook Overhauls Privacy Tools Visibility and Ease-of-Use

Facebook today made new controls available to uses for managing their account, settings, and data. To start, Facebook says it redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices to improve discoverability. It reduced what was previously spread across nearly 20 screens down to a single page. The app includes a revised privacy shortcuts menu, which provides control over data in “just a few taps” with better descriptions of the actions being taken. For example: people can make their account more secure by adding two-factor authentication; control their personal information by reviewing what’s being shared and delete what they no longer wish to share; control which ads are served by managing preferences; and manage who sees posts or the information included on user profiles. Further, the company is making more obvious the tools users need in order to download and delete their Facebook data. A function called Access Your Information provides a secure way for people to manage their posts, reactions, comments, searches, and more. Customers can also use this to download their data, including photos, posts, and contacts, in a file that can be moved to another service if they wish. Facebook said it plans to update its terms of service and data policy in the coming weeks so users have a better idea of what Facebook is collecting and how it is being used. The company will share more news on this front as it develops.

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Carphone Warehouse offering P20 SIM FREE for £599

Yesterday, we told you about EE launching the Huawei P20 with a pair of Bose Bluetooth headphones. Well, Carphone Warehouse is selling the handset SIM FREE for £599 and they include the Bose QC 35 II headphones which retail at £329.95. Very good bargain for the music lovers amongst us all.

Carphone Warehouse offering P20 SIM FREE for £599

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Xiaomi Bargains

Xiaomi Bargains

Here at Coolsmartphone we love a good bargain, and we have just been told of a few that’s starting now which last for 2 days on AliExpress.

The deal is for Xiaomi phones, which are highly acclaimed midrange devices that offer good specifications for mid range prices. Now, thanks to this flash sale, they’re a little bit cheaper.

Here’s some of the deals we have found…

Redmi Note 5 32GB – £124.84
Mi A1 32GB – £121.28
Redmi 5 plus 32GB – £97.73
Mi Mix 2 64GB – £271.09

That Mi MIX 2 got some hands-on treatment when we were in Barcelona. Take a look here to see more of it.

If you are after a bargain head over to AliExpress right now and check out some of the deals…

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Vodafone changing Global Roaming in May

Vodafone have always had some great roaming offers, and they often get quite public about being the best network for roaming.

They’re are not just just great on their pricing abroad, they offer the most locations for 4G roaming from any UK network, and when I tried in Tenerife last year got speeds of around 100Mbps.

Global Roaming is the service offered to customers allowing them to use their inclusive calls, texts and data in many locations. Those a bit further away get the same but for a cost of £6 a day.

In May, Vodafone are changing some of the £6 a day locations bringing in an additional 42 to the list, and these are below.

Vodafone changing Global Roaming in May

Vodafone changing Global Roaming in May

Whilst this is great news for many, the company have decided to move Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey from the free roaming service to the £6 a day version instead.

Customers won’t need to do a thing to benefit from these locations changes, just go abroad, pay your £6 per day and use your phone with no worry on cost.

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EE to offer the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro from tomorrow

We have covered lots already on the impressive new devices from Huawei, and we have now had release information through from EE.

Both the P20 and P20 Pro will be available to order from tomorrow, the 28th March, with a launch date of 6th April.

EE to offer the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro from tomorrow

EE will be selling both devices on monthly contracts with 4G calling and WiFi Calls, plus on selected plans inclusive roaming in an additional 5 countries outside of the EU.

Customers who preorder also get their hands on a set of Bose headphones worth £329.99.

As for pricing, your can get the P20 steering from £31 per month and it’s just £34 a month with a one-off cost of £10 on a 24-month Essential plan. This gets your 1GB of data plus unlimited minutes and texts. The P20 Pro is available on the same plan for £39 a month with a one-off cost of £50.

Below is the press release from EE. Head to their website for more info.

Huawei’s new flagship P20 Pro and P20 available to pre-order on EE

· Customers who pre-order the Huawei P20 Pro and P20 on EE between 28 March and 5 April will receive a free pair of premium Bose® QuietComfort® 35 wireless headphones II (RRP £329.95)

  • Huawei P20 Pro and P20 handset plans purchased from EE also feature WiFi Calling, 4G Calling as well as access to 4G in more places across the UK

27 March 2018, London: EE, part of BT Group, today announced that Huawei’s latest flagship smartphones, the P20 Pro and P20, are available to pre-order from 28 March on a range of plans and They will also be available to pre-order over the phone or in EE retail stores.

The P20 is available from EE on a variety of plans starting from £31 per month and is just £34 a month with a one-off cost of £10 on a 24-month Essential plan, which includes 1GB of data, and unlimited minutes and texts which can also be used in 48 countries at no extra cost. The P20 Pro is available on the same 24-month plan for £39 a month and a one-off cost of £50.

Customers who pre-order the P20 Pro or P20 on an EE pay monthly plan between the 28 March – 5 April will also receive a free pair of premium Bose® QuietComfort® 35 wireless headphones II worth £329.95*. To get the most from their new headphones, pay monthly customers can also enjoy access to over 45 million songs by signing up for an exclusive offer of six months free Apple Music.

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro signature smartphone camera lenses feature embedded artificial intelligence technology and are co-engineered with world-renowned camera manufacturer, Leica. The P20 Pro features the world’s first 40 mega-pixel Leica Triple Camera featuring Light Fusion Technology and up to f/1.6 aperture for exceptional low light performance. Coupled with the UK’s biggest and fastest network, customers will never miss an opportunity to capture and upload their favourite selfies, snaps and video stories.

Alternatively, customers who take out a Huawei P20 Pro and P20 on one of EE’s Max plans from £43 per month can enjoy the network’s fastest 4G speeds as well as inclusive access to the BT Sport app, which can be enjoyed on the Huawei flagship’s stunning, bezel-less screen. EE Max plan customers can also use their calls, text and data allowance in 53 destinations across the world, including: the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

On all 4GEE pay monthly plans, customers can use WiFi Calling and 4G Calling to make and receive calls and texts in more places, as well as the UK’s fastest speeds

Sharon Meadows, Director of Devices, Products & Partnerships at EE, said: “Huawei has quickly become a leading manufacturer in terms of smartphone innovation. Whether it’s uploading an incredible landscape photo using the P20 series Leica lenses, or watching BT Sport on the bezel-less screen, Huawei’s new flagship devices are perfectly matched with the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network.

All customers on any EE pay monthly mobile plans also benefit from the following EE Extras:

· Data Caps

EE customers can never go over their data allowance by accident, so they’re always in control of their spending

· UK & Ireland call centres

All EE customer calls are answered in the UK and Ireland

· Data Boost

EE pay monthly mobile customers can boost their EE pay monthly phone plan’s data allowance by 5GB when they take EE Home Broadband

For more details of all EE’s price plans and terms can conditions, customers should visit and

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Apple iWork Suite Update Targets Education

Apple today updated is entire suite of iWork productivity apps for iPhones, iPads, and Mac devices. The changes primarily tackle educational use of these apps and focus on bringing new features to Apple’s mobile devices. For example, the apps now allow people to draw, write, or annotate documents using the Apple Pencil (on supported iPads) or your finger. A new Smart Annotation tool lets people add comments and marks that remain anchored to the text as files are shared via iCloud and/or Box. iWork adds digital book templates, the ability to add an image gallery, and new paragraph and character styles. People can use presenter mode to read and auto-scroll text while giving a speech, while iWork now lets people view pages side-by-side as they work, or turn on facing pages to format documents as two-page spreads. Other new tools include master pages to keep design consistent across layouts, instant document reorientation (landscape/portrait), editable shapes, donut charts, conditional highlighting, and fraction formatting. The iWork apps, which include Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, are free to download from the iTunes and Mac App Stores.

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