Register and check callers via the Telephone Preference Service

A lot of smartphones now come equipped with a blocking system to let you stop unwanted calls from repeatedly bothering you. On the HTC U11 I’m testing now, you can see that in action below..

Register and check callers via the Telephone Preference Service

However, in the UK we have something called the “Telephone Preference Service”, or TPS, which all cold-callers supposedly need to register with before they start calling you. If you, as a consumer, are on the TPS database, you shouldn’t receive calls from those companies.

Register and check callers via the Telephone Preference Service

Now there’s an app called TPS Protect which gives you an easier way to integrate your phone into this database – allowing the registration of your mobile number to the “do not call” list and the direct reporting of numbers that are bothering you. So, instead of just blocking, you can report and stop them hassling others via a “Trust Score”.

Register and check callers via the Telephone Preference Service
Register and check callers via the Telephone Preference Service

Although the app is free and will let you see the “Trust Score” for incoming calls and file complaints, you need to pay 99p per month for the blocking of calls. That seems a bit nuts being as a lot of smartphones will block calls by default once you’ve added them to your block list, but there we go.

Full press release below.

New TPS Protect app launches to help put an end to nuisance calls

TPS Protect allows consumers to see if incoming calls might be a nuisance or scam caller,
helping consumers decide if they want to answer

9 August 2017 – Today the DMA launches TPS Protect, a new app to help consumers avoid nuisance and scam calls. Developed in partnership with First Orion, the app offers an easier way for consumers to avoid unwanted calls, register their mobile number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and quickly register complaints about nuisance or scam calls. Available on Android and Apple handsets, users can benefit from the app as soon as it’s downloaded, completely free. New users will also receive a free 60 day trial of the additional paid-for features available.

By using TPS Protect, users can both protect themselves and help others avoid nuisance or scam calls. The app is powered by its users, with every nuisance and scam call that is blocked, reported or complained about in the app helping to determine the Trust Score for that number. This means that every user’s feedback helps TPS Protect to work better for all its users.

As part of the app’s sign-up process users can ensure their mobile number is registered with the TPS, the official central opt-out register on which consumers can record their preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. It is a legal requirement that all organisations – including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties – do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have your consent to do so.

Consumers will always be able to see the Trust Score for incoming calls, look-up, report and file complaints for nuisance or scam call numbers. For an additional 99p per month, once their free trial expires, users can effectively block any unwanted calls by diverting them direct to voicemail, with greater call filtering customisation, and the ability to create a custom Approved List and Blocked List.

Users can add numbers to their personal Blocked List to ensure they no longer receive unwanted calls, as well as using the Approved List for those calls they never want to miss. Custom Settings allow users to tailor the types of call they are happy to receive, for example blocking the majority of unwanted calls by setting your Trust Score to 5, but still receiving calls from specific groups, such as ‘Charities’.

John Mitchison, Head of Preference services, compliance and legal at the DMA, said: “When it comes to scam and nuisance callers, don’t fight a lone battle. Stand up. Join the growing movement of people fighting back. TPS Protect is an app for your phone that rates incoming calls using information from consumers. Each rating helps callers decide how trusted an unfamiliar call could be, from scammers with criminal intentions to someone you can trust. When scam calls get reported, their trust score drops. So your voice matters.”

Robert Baker, European MD at First Orion: “Unlike other call blocking apps, TPS Protect does not access your phone contacts and never will. We respect and value customer privacy. We’ve launched the app today with data we have collected over several months of testing and the protection will get better for every person that downloads and uses the app. So we encourage people to join the movement and share the news with their family and friends, as the more people use TPS Protect the more we all benefit.”

What’s a Trust Score?

The TPS Protect app’s Trust Score is an indicator created to help users work out who is calling and whether they should pick up or not. The information provided by users helps TPS Protect to better understand whether callers are legitimate businesses, nuisance callers or scammers, allocating an appropriate score according to all the information available. Once enabled on their phone, users can immediately start to see the Trust Score for any incoming call, enabling them to decide whether they want to pick up or not.

Users are able to set their Trust Score from 1 to 5, enabling them to control the overall level of protection they receive. A score of 5 is the highest level of protection, sending all telemarketing and scam calls to voicemail that have a trust score lower than 5, only allowing telemarketers that have received very few complaints and your approved list to ring your phone. A score of 3 will allow calls from most call centres, sending to voicemail those with a score of 1 and 2 which indicates many customer complaints. A score of 1 will allow all calls, including those from suspected scammers.

– ENDS –

For further information contact the DMA Press Office:

Tim Bond, Head of PR & Insight Ed Owen, PR & Content Manager

T: 020 7291 3328 T: 020 7291 3324

E: tim.bond@dma.org.uk E: ed.owen@dma.org.uk

About TPS Protect

TPS Protect is an app developed by the DMA in partnership with First Orion. The app is available for free to Apple (iOS 10.1 or above) and Android (4.4 and above) devices, including a free 60 day trial of additional features for new users. For an additional 99p per month, users can effectively block any unwanted calls by diverting them direct to voicemail, utilise greater call filtering customisation, and have the ability to create a custom approve and block list.

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  • In Boon to Cricket Customers, Google Home Gains Deezer Music Streaming Service

    Deezer this week said its music streaming service will soon be available for streaming on the Google Home smart speaker. Deezer competes with Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited. It offers some 43 million songs, personalized playlists, and recommendations. Deezer subscribers can simply say, “Ok Google, play Deezer” to get going. The service supports skipping tracks, finding song/artist names, and more. Deezer said its music service will go live on Google Home in France and Germany this week, with the U.K., U.S., Canada, and Australia coming soon. The addition of Deezer to Google Home benefits Cricket Wireless customers. Cricket preinstalls Deezer on many of its handsets and offers discounted service plans to Cricket subscribers. According to Cricket and Deezer, the music service is popular with their U.S. customers.

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    Instagram Testing 'Live with a Friend' Feature

    Instagram users will soon be able to broadcast live video together with another Instagram user. The picture-sharing social network is testing a feature that will allow users to add a friend to their own live stream. Once added, the stream splits the screen in two, with the original live streamer on top and the added friend below. Viewers will be able to like and comment as usual. The original broadcaster can remove the guest or add more friends whenever they wish, and the added friend can also exit the live broadcast on their own. Live videos may be saved to users’ stories, or discarded. Instagram is testing the feature with a small percentage of users. It expects to roll the video tool out to all users within a few months.

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    AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi Products Launch in the United Kingdom

    Ubiquiti Labs have announced that their AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi products are now available in the UK, the price ranges from £132.49 to £359.99 depending on the package. The central routing device camouflages an advanced antenna design features a glowing base LED and a smart LCD display, making it look stylish in an every growing smart hub / smart home arena. The router connects to adjustable MeshPoints that distribute Wi-Fi throughout the home. To reduce clutter, the MeshPoints can be installed into any open electrical socket without any cables.

    AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi Fi Products Launch in the United Kingdom
    AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi Fi Products Launch in the United Kingdom
    AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi Fi Products Launch in the United Kingdom

    Easy to setup, plug and play system which can be connected to their phone application using Bluetooth LE, which seems to have become a very popular setup option in most smart home devices. Users can manage their new network, monitor ISP speeds, invite guests, create family profiles, oversee network security, and access 24/7, live, in-app support. The system utilises 802.11AC Wi-Fi technology, powering up to 5.45 Gbps of aggregate wireless throughput along with breakthrough coverage performance through 3×3 antennas.

    Ben Moore, Vice President of Business Development at Ubiquiti Networkscommented: “AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi solutions quickly gained popularity in the United States due to their sleek industrial design, plug-and-play installation, and superior performance. We are excited to now make them available to customers in the United Kingdom.”

    “As our homes get smarter, there’s an increasing need for reliable and fast Wi-Fi in every corner. AmpliFi HD leverages Ubiquiti’s advanced and proven technology that powers over 38 million Wi-Fi radios for enterprise and service provider networks around the globe. The system provides unmatched performance and coverage, delivering fast internet bandwidth throughout the entire home and supports a large number of Wi-Fi devices at the same time.”

    Pricing and Availability

    AmpliFi HD Mesh System – £359.99

    Standalone AmpliFi HD Router – £149.99

    Standalone AmpliFi HD MeshPoint – £132.49

    AmpliFi HD products are available now in the United Kingdom from Scan Computers on scan.co.uk and on Amazon.co.uk with additional retailers to follow in the coming months.  Visit www.amplifi.com for more information.

    We will be reviewing the unit soon – stay tuned to our YouTube channel.

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  • Huawei – Teasers on the next big announcement?

    OK, I’m going to open this one out to the floor as we only have a couple of bits of information. It looks like Huawei are giving us some news about what their next smartphone might contain. Here’s the tweets we’ve spotted, and the first one – posted last week – indicates that artificial intelligence is on the horizon.

    Huawei   Teasers on the next big announcement?

    By the looks of it, it could mean yet another integrated mobile assistant / helper for a smartphone. In a world of Bixby, OK Google, Siri and Alexa it’s going to have to go the extra mile – I’ve tried using Alexa on the HTC U11 and it’s driven me slowly mad. Likewise, with Google, I still have to re-word questions to get it to understand, so a more intelligent response which strikes the balance between annoyance and timely reminders would be of interest for me.

    Yesterday, in a slightly more cryptic tweet, Huawei posted about how you can “live your life in your own colour”. Now, although that doesn’t tell us a great deal, we do know that Huawei are big fans of colourful phones and the P10 / P10 Plus launch at Mobile World Congress featured some beautiful shades. Perhaps they’re planning to make it easier to get the more unique colours (as the big networks tend to go for the more middle-of-the-road shades like black or grey)?

    Your smartphone should express who you are #BeDifferent pic.twitter.com/xd66msPmQ9

    — Huawei Mobile UK (@HuaweiMobileUK) August 8, 2017

    We shall see. As usual, more news as we get it..

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  • Face Off – Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Huawei P10 Plus

    The Huawei Press Team sadly ripped away the Huawei P10 that I’d got slightly attached to recently. I took a liking to it and really didn’t want to give it back.

    Having a good camera and having a good battery life go a long way with me. The fit and finish, the premium feel and the sheer fact that I could use the handset one-handed were also key points in making it one of my favourite phones.

    Now I’ve got the slightly larger P10 Plus, which has a 5.5″ (1440 x 2560 pixel) screen. This compares to the 5.1″ (1080 x 1920 pixel) screen on the P10.

    Face Off   Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Huawei P10 Plus

    But, if you’re considering the P10 Plus, you may also be considering the similarly-sized Samsung Galaxy S8+. This also has a 5.5″ screen, but it’s £779. The P10 Plus is £649 as I type.

    As I’d got both the P10 Plus and the S8+ at the same time, I figured it’d be a good opportunity to compare the two. So here’s a look at the two of them together…

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  • MetroPCS Offering Two Lines of Unlimited Service for $75

    MetroPCS today rolled out a new service offer that cuts down the cost of unlimited lines. MetroPCS says customers can snag a single line of unlimited service for $50, and then add up to four more lines for $25 each. Two lines of unlimited service will cost $75, three lines will cost $100, and so on. MetroPCS includes taxes and fees in its pricing. The unlimited service does not include mobile hotspot, which costs $10 more for 8 GB of hotspot service. Last, MetroPCS is offering those who switch to MetroPCS a rebate up to $100 per line ported in. The new service offering is available starting today.

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    Cyber Threats, Backdoors and More: 3 Lessons from NotPetya

    In late June, many organizations across the globe were impacted by the NotPetya ransomware campaign. Ukraine was especially devastated by the attacks; Kiev’s Boryspil Airport, the nation’s central bank and multiple government agencies were significantly compromised. Out of a sense of caution, officials even switched the radiation monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear plant to manual.

    In their response to the attack, Ukrainian law enforcement officials seized the servers of Intellect Service, the makers of the M.E.Doc accounting software, which was widely exploited during the ransomware campaign. Researchers have since analyzed the servers used by Intellect Service and found the machines to be poorly secured. Reuters reports M.E.Doc is used by 80% of Ukrainian companies and installed on about 1 million computers in the country.

    As reporter Mathew Schwartz writes: “Researchers at Slovakian security firm ESET?EU? found that ‘a very stealthy and cunning backdoor’ had been added to the source code of at least three versions of M.E. Doc that were then automatically distributed via Intellect Service’s update server to its 400,000 customers. Malware researcher Anton Cherepanov at ESET said attackers were able to access the backdoor and push malware to PCs, including NotPetya.”

    NotPetya was much more than a ransomware attack: the backdoor in the M.E.Doc application was able to collect usernames, passwords, machine identities, and other uniquely identifiable data. According to reporter Kelly Sheridan: “[The backdoor] also collect[ed] EDRPOU numbers, or unique legal entity identifiers for companies doing business in Ukraine. Attackers could use the EDRPOU numbers to pinpoint the exact organizations using the backdoored M.E.Doc, and use this data to target specific business networks.”

    The attack was aided by the poorly secured machine identities used to distribute M.E.Doc software and keep the software tamper-proof. Historical forensics from Venafi indicates M.E.Doc was…
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    Leaked Images Confirm Details about Coming Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Ahead of the Aug. 23 debut of the Galaxy Note 8, leaked images show Samsung’s latest smartphone will likely feature a rear fingerprint sensor alongside dual cameras.

    The Galaxy Note 8 appears to have a curved-edge, nearly bezel-free display like its Galaxy S8 cousins, launched earlier this year. The first live images of the phone were posted yesterday on a site called My Everyday Tech but later removed, although they can still be viewed on Slashleaks.

    Another update on Slashleaks yesterday indicates that a version of the Note 8 to be marketed in South Korea will come with 256 GB of storage. The site said both the leaked images and storage information appear to be 100-percent trustworthy. Samsung is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 8 during its Aug. 23 Unpacked event in New York City.

    Second-Chance Shot in the Arm for Samsung?

    The Galaxy Note 8 represents Samsung’s latest chance to redeem its market credibility following last year’s disastrous and costly launch of the Galaxy Note 7 (pictured above), which saw a global recall after numerous overheating and fire problems linked to battery defects.

    Samsung began its redemption in April with the release of its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus flagship devices. Featuring a curved-edge “Infinity Display” and rear fingerprint sensor, the S8 and S8 Plus had strong sales initially but appear to be lagging when compared to the S7 and S7 Plus devices, according to a report last month in The Investor, a publication of The Korea Herald.

    On July 11, The Investor reported that an estimated 9.8 million Galaxy S8s and Galaxy S8 Pluses had been sold in the first two months following their launch. That’s about 20 percent lower than the S7 and S7 Plus sales figures in a comparable time period.

    Continuing Fingerprint Sensor Challenges

    Based on…
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    Vaux – Amazon Echo Dot Powered Speaker – Review

    Vaux   Amazon Echo Dot Powered Speaker   Review

    Like many households here in the UK, or in fact all over the world now, we have an Amazon Echo… hey it’s the future, it’s… like talking to your house …and it answers back.

    Our Echo sits in our kitchen and now has replaced our radio, our kitchen timers, our entertainment – in fact, a multitude of tasks (I’m sure my little boy does nothing more but ask Alexa about questions that concern poo).

    But like a number of people, no doubt we only purchased the Echo Dot. Let’s be honest, who was going to drop that substantial amount of money on something you didn’t know if you would like or not, or would fit into your lifestyle. But now we love it, and to be honest, wish we’d bought the full size Echo.

    Here is where the Vaux speaker steps up to the plate.

    Good Points:

    • Design
    • Price
    • Portability: makes Echo portable with 6 hours battery life
    • Loud Audio
    • Crisp Treble
    • Easy Setup

    Bad Points:

    • Weak Bass
    • Non-Waterproof
    • Distortion at max volume
    • Voice not always recognised

    Design:

    The Vaux Speaker measures in at 6.4 x 4.2-inch and fits the Echo Dot perfectly in the top docking tray. The Vaux speaker has a plain aesthetic look. It’s wrapped in fabric with plastic end caps, but it doesn’t look cheap. It’s is available in carbon (black) or ash (white) to match your Amazon Echo. Around the back and underneath a silicone cover is an L-shaped micro USB and a 3.5mm plug. Below these is the On/Off button and further micro-USB and 3.5mm plugs.

    Vaux   Amazon Echo Dot Powered Speaker   Review

    Vaux   Amazon Echo Dot Powered Speaker   Review

    In Use:

    Setup couldn’t easier. Simply plug the micro-USB cable and 3.5-mm audio cable into the Dot; then drop the Dot into the top of the Vaux speaker. Once slotted in, you’ll soon forget it’s a separate device. The Vaux doesn’t even come with a power supply – you use the one that came with your Dot. The speaker has a power button and a 3.5-mm auxiliary input for external audio sources, and that’s it: all the controls are done in the normal Echo way through voice commands.

    Vaux   Amazon Echo Dot Powered Speaker   Review

    The Vaux Speaker vastly improves the sound of the Dot, turning it into a more pleasant listening experience. Alexa is much easier to understand, and music sounds fuller than it did previously. That said, the audio is not as good as that from the full-size Amamzon Echo. Although it does get very loud, (I measured it at 90 decibels) I did find some distortion at full volume.

    Ninety7, the manufactures of the Vaux, state you can get 6 hours of playback on a full charge, and I was able to listen for 5.5 hours without getting a low-battery warning. That’s not as long as the Amazon Tap’s nearly 9-hour endurance, but it’s still pretty good. If you’re using the battery, be sure to turn off the unit when you’re done, or it will quickly drain the remaining power.

    Conclusion:

    The Vaux is currently available from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99,(which is surprising really, I didn’t think Amazon would stock this direct competitor)

    I’ve got to say I love it. It has turned our Echo Dot into a full-size Amazon Echo equivalent for two thirds of the price of the full-sized Echo unit.

    Yes, it could have a bit more bass, and it does distort at maximum volume. But take it from me, the maximum volume is really loud, and you’ll soon forget that these are two separate devices as they mould into one. That one unit brings the added functionality of a battery backup, giving you over 5 hours of playback, and making your full sized Amazon Echo-equivalent fully portable.

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