Vodafone to range the Sony Xperia XZ3

Vodafone to range the Sony Xperia XZ3
During IFA we took a look at the Sony Xperia XZ3. It has a 6″ 2880 x 1440 OLED screen, a 19 megapixel Exmor RS MotionEye camera at the back, a 13 megapixel up-front and an S-Force speaker.

Powered by a 3,330mAh battery, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, NFC, dual-band WiFi, DLNA and a fingerprint scanner. You also get Sony “Side Sense”, which puts a contextual menu on the screen when you squeeze the phone.

The handset is now showing on the Vodafone Coming Soon section and, although there’s no pricing detail as yet, you can have one of their Red Entertainment plans to choose between Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

Oh, and at the end of this month, if you sign up to 24 months of Sky Sports Mobile TV, you also get a 6 month NOW TV Entertainment Pass for free.

Here’s a look at the phone in action…

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Zombies descend on the UK.. Well, the virtual kind..

Zombies descend on the UK.. Well, the virtual kind..

The world’s first free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality entertainment experience has just been announced. Revolutionary social VR gaming company Zero Latency, is to launch the UK’s first site on Friday 19th October in Nottingham.

You can dive into a 15 or 30-minute “social VR experience” to work together with your friends to battle zombies as you fight to survive. When you enter, you’ll be given headsets, headphones, military-styled backpacks and a gun. It’s all a bit like “Ready Player One”, and you get to roam a big e-sports arena, zapping zombies in a “free-roaming VR world”. Let’s just hope you don’t bump into each other.

Zombies descend on the UK.. Well, the virtual kind..

 

Games include “Zombie Survival”, where you have to fight to stay alive as the zombies surround you and “Outbreak Origins”, where zombies try to take over the city. If you don’t like zombies that much, there’s also killer robots in a Terminator-style battle and a games called “Engineerium”, which is more suited to first-timers, with less violence and more of a focus on maze challenges in a fantasy world.

If you want to be part of it, you can pre-book at www.zlvr.co.uk. The cost goes from £19.95 per person.

 

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Qualcomm Claims Apple Gave Intel Stolen Trade Secrets

Qualcomm has taken yet more action against Apple, which it alleges stole trade secrets and offered them to Intel in a bid to improve Intel’s modems. This year’s iPhones rely solely on Intel modems, rather the a mix of modems from Intel and Qualcomm, in part because Apple and Qualcomm are locked in a legal dispute over patents and licensing fees. Qualcomm claims Apple broke a software licensing agreement and shared confidential information about Qualcomm’s modems with Intel engineers. Qualcomm accused Apple of undertaking a “multi-year campaign of sloppy, inappropriate and deceitful conduct … for the purpose of improving lower-quality modem chipsets, including those manufactured by Intel, a competitor of Qualcomm, to render such chipsets useable in Apple devices with the ultimate goal of diverting Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel.” Qualcomm claims to have evidence to back up this claim thanks to software clues it has found in Intel’s modems. Qualcomm is seeking to add this complaint to its existing lawsuit so that it doesn’t need to file a separate case. Apple has not responded publicly to the new allegations.

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AT&T Rolls Out Connected Car Product with Harman

AT&T and Harman this week launched the Harman Spark, a module that brings safety and security features to cars. The Spark plugs into a car’s OBD II port and connects to AT&T’s LTE network. Some of the functions include emergency crash assistance, wherein owners will receive a call if the module detects a crash, as well as a roadside assistance manager for help hailing and paying for a tow truck. A virtual mechanic provides alerts and guidance when it detects problems with the car, and can contact car owners if the car is bumped, moved, towed, or stolen. Other features include geofences to set boundaries for novice drivers, family/fleet management with real-time location sharing, in-car mobile hotspot for up to eight devices, and parking reservations to secure a spot in advance. Last, the module offers driving feedback after analyzing driver behavior. AT&T says the Harman Spark costs $80 on its own, or $30 when purchased alongside a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, or Note9. Service costs either $10 or $20 per month, depending on whether or not the Spark is being added to an existing wireless account. The Harman Spark goes on sale Sept. 28. Verizon Wireless sells a similar product called the Hum.

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Instagram's Founders Depart Facebook

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have decided to leave Facebook, which purchased Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. Instagram started with just a handful of people and now employs more than one thousand all around the globe. Systrom and Krieger expressed gratitude for the opportunities afforded them over the eight years since Instagram’s conception. “We’re now ready for our next chapter. We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again,” said Systrom in a blog post. “Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do.” Earlier this year, Jan Koum, who founded WhatsApp, also departed Facebook. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014. It’s not clear if these departures are related to Facebook’s ongoing struggles with the government, which has pummeled the social media giant for mishandling user data over the last two years.

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VOXI offers smartphones with 0% interest

VOXI offers smartphones with 0% interest
Paying for a phone can be done in a few different ways. You either pay it all in one go, start a contract or you sign up to a finance agreement. The last two are pretty similar, but traditionally people have just walked into a store and signed up for a two-year deal to get their phone.

Now VOXI (from Vodafone) are offering phones for £0 up-front and 0% interest via PayPal. The “youth brand” (you need to be aged 29 and under to buy) offer smartphones such as the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. The new flexible payment options mean you don’t have to be tied into a lengthy mobile contract, but you can also reduce payments by spreading instalments over 30 months with PayPal Credit. You can also make additional payments to reduce the length of the plan, or pay off what’s left.

Available from October on their website, Dan Lambrou, Head of VOXI, told us…

We believe that young people should be able to access the latest technology and best deals as easily as everyone else. Flexibility is key to them as they move through different life stages; whether that’s college to University, starting work or taking a gap year. They’ve told us they can’t be tied down and data allowance is most important when choosing a mobile plan, and that is why VOXI and PayPal have come up with a solution to provide the freedom and flexibility that they need combined with Endless Social Media.

Customer also receive inclusive social media on plans, so you get to use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp without consuming data. You also get the same coverage as Vodafone customers.

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Waze Follows Google Maps to Apple's CarPlay

Google today said iPhone users can opt for Google-owned Waze instead of Apple Maps for navigating in their CarPlay-equipped car. Apple added support for third-party apps to CarPlay in iOS 12, which was released earlier this month. Google updated its Waze real-time traffic app in order to make it compatible with iOS 12 and CarPlay. Google says Waze supports traffic alerts, police hazards, instant route changes, live ETAs, cheap gas station locations, and a variety of voices for guided navigating. Google says Waze should be available in most vehicles that include CarPlay, though it suggests users check online to view Apple’s list of compatible vehicles.

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Google to Help You Find Your Old Searches

Google today said it wants to help people resume incomplete or old searches. The company is taking a couple of steps to make this happen. To start, it will surface new activity cards to help people pick up where they left off. For example, when revisiting old queries users will see a card that highlights the pages they’ve already visited in addition to related searches. Google says it will only show this card when useful. People will have full control over the tool, meaning they can wipe their search history, the results, or delete the cards altogether. Google says this will be available later this year. Another tool called Collections is headed to Google Search. This will help people lump together the results they’ve visited over time so they can return to them and keep track of, or organize content for revisiting. Google will add content suggestions to Collections in an effort to help people explore topics further. Main topics won’t be the only results displayed, as Google plans to add subtopics with more granular information. Google says this feature will learn over time and should be able to refine results. In order to power all these changes, Google has added a new layer to its Knowledge Graph, called the Topic Layer. This new layer understands topics and generates hundreds of thousands of subtopics, which help identify the more relevant information. Google is still testing these changes and will roll them out when ready.

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ZTE Blade X2 Max Pops Up On FCC Website, But Its Future Is Uncertain

The FCC today revealed the ZTE Blade X2 Max in documents made public on the agency’s website. The phone, a follow-up to the Blade X Max, appears to be bound for Cricket Wireless based on branding seen on the user manual and AT&T LTE banding (14/30). Other features confirmed by the FCC include dual rear cameras, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port for charging. The Blade X2 Max relies on a nano SIM card and the tray also supports microSD memory cards. The phone’s screen adopts the 16:9 aspect ratio. The draft user manual makes reference to the size of the display, which it says measures 6 inches with full HD resolution. The manual also indicates the battery may be 4,080mAh, and the phone may include 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Last, the manual notes the phone’s two rear cameras are a 16-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera is 8 megapixels. Information found in the draft user manual is subject to change. Given ZTE’s current position in the U.S. market, it is possible this phone will never reach the market. ZTE was forced to put operations on hold for three months after the U.S. banned it from accessing U.S.-made parts and software. ZTE only returned to full operations in July. The company says it still considers the U.S. market vital to its success. ZTE implied it will most likely sell new devices direct to consumers online rather than through carrier distribution deals. Cricket has not confirmed that it will sell the ZTE Blade X2 Max.

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Apple Finalizes Acquisition of Shazam

Apple today said it has finalized its acquisition of Shazam. The $400 million deal, first announced in December 2017, was recently cleared to proceed by the EU after delay of several months. Shazam is a music service that lets people identify the music being played around them. The app listens to the music, sends a sample to Shazam’s servers to identify the song, and then returns the results to the phone or watch. Apple says it plans to bring an ad-free version of Shazam to everyone in the near future. The app has been downloaded 1 billion times worldwide and is used more than 20 million times every day.

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