Microsoft Brings Adds-Ins to Outlook for Android

Microsoft today updated its Outlook email application for Android devices and gave the app the ability to support add-ins. Microsoft says add-ins let Outlook users do more with their email thanks to powers enabled by third-party applications. For example, adds-ins will negate the need to leave Outlook to perform certain tasks, such as translate text, insert GIFs, or save items for safekeeping. Some of the launch partners include Evernote, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, Nimble, OnePlaceMail, Outlook Customer Manager, Smartsheet, and Trello. More are on the way. Microsoft says add-ins are available when reading or composing and replying to emails. Microsoft Outlook for Android is free to download from the Google Play Store. Add-ins were added to Outlook for iOS earlier this year. Microsoft said it will be bringing add-ins to Gmail customers on iOS and Android soon.

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U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce

Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers’ privacy and identity. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless announced the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, which will create a mobile authentication solution for consumer and business customers alike next year. The carriers are going to pool resources and analyze customer data and activity patterns on their respective mobile networks to accurately predict if people are who they say they are. They’ll parse insights such as geo-location, network-based device behaviors, and SIM card recognition to determine identity and authenticate users. The four carriers are taking an open approach to the Mobile Authentication Taskforce and hope third-party organizations and developers will participate. The group didn’t say exactly when it expects to roll out the initial offering. Finding new and secure ways to authenticate end users is becoming increasingly important as more personal information is available on mobile devices.

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Review: Asus Zenfone AR for Verizon Wireless

The Zenfone AR from Asus is the first to support Google’s Project Tango augmented reality and Daydream virtual reality platforms. This ultra-real Android smartphone lets you visualize what furniture might look like in your living room, or escape your living room altogether in favor of worlds unknown. With entertainment options galore, you might think the Zenfone AR skimps out on other features, but that’s not the case. This well-rounded handset nearly has it all. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth report.

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What Will G Suite Changes Mean for Google Drive?

Automatically activated for all G Suite enterprise customers on Wednesday, Google’s new Drive File Stream application allows users to directly access cloud-based documents via their desktop devices. The launch means the beginning of the end for the PC- and Mac-based desktop Google Drive app.

Starting Dec. 11, Google said it will no longer support the Google Drive for Mac/PC desktop app, now officially deprecated. The client is set to shut down completely on March 12 of next year.

Consumers who have been using the desktop version of Google Drive will have a different alternative for managing cloud-based files on their Macs or PCs: Backup and Sync. Made available to most users back in July, Backup and Sync essentially combines the old desktop version of Google Drive with the desktop image uploader Google Photos. It’s also available to enterprise customers that choose not to use Drive File Stream (pictured here).

Bye to File Syncing, Disk Space Concerns

“Launched to early adopters in March, Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync,” Google said Wednesday in a post on its G Suite blog. “Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space. With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues.”

While Drive File Stream was activated this week, the full application won’t become generally available until Sept. 26, Google said. The company added that enterprise customers will see Drive File Stream download links in their current Drive interfaces only if they’ve already enabled that capability in either Backup and Sync or Drive for Mac/PC.

As Google transitions…
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Online Retailers Offer Try-Before-You-Buy Approach

Amazon is set to launch a service that lets customers order clothes, try them on at home and pay only for what they keep. It sounds novel, but Amazon is actually late to the party. Several online startups have offered try-before-you-buy options for items including jewelry, clothing, glasses and more.

It makes shoppers less nervous about buying online, the companies say, and also gives people a chance to touch and try on a necklace or shirt before splurging. The retailers also know that getting you to try something at home means you’re more likely to keep it.

Some offer home try-ons for free, others charge a fee or hold a small amount on a credit card until the items are returned. All offer free shipping both ways. But if you forget to send the items back on time, or damage them, you’ll likely have to pay the full price.

Here’s how some of the services work:

Clothing

Trunk Club, which is owned by department store operator Nordstrom, sends a box of stylist-approved clothing whenever you want for $25 a box. You have five days to try on the clothes and send back what you don’t want. You’ll be charged for any items you don’t return, and the $25 fee will be deducted from the cost of what you buy. Stitch Fix offers a similar service for $20 a box.

The Black Tux, an online tuxedo and suit rental service, will send over an outfit to try on for free for 48 hours.

Glasses

At Warby Parker, you can pick out five frames to try for five days for free. The company does ask for your credit card information during the test run and will charge for frames that are lost or damaged. If you decide to buy one, you send the test frames back and the company will…
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Boost Mobile Bundles Taxes and Fees Into Service Plan Cost

Sprint-owned Boost Mobile today said taxes and fees are now included in the cost of its monthly service plans for new and existing customers. Boost’s current customers will not need to do anything to reap the benefits of this change, which will be automatically adopted on all bills after September 8. Moreover, Boost Mobile is rolling out a promotion to entice consumers to switch. The company is offering those who port to Boost Mobile four lines for $100 with unlimited talk, text, and data on all four lines. International services will cost extra. Sprint says streaming for all Boost customers is mobile optimized with video up to 480p and music up to 500 Kbps. Games are limited to streams of 2 Mbps. Sprint will slow down speeds when the network is congested. Boost Mobile’s plans start at $25 per month.

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T-Mobile Claims LTE-A Lab Downloads Reach 1.175 Gbps

T-Mobile and its technology partners Nokia and Qualcomm today said they’ve reached peak download speeds in excess of 1.175 Gbps using LTE-A equipment in a lab. In order to reach these speeds, T-Mobile and its partners used the “4.9G” Nokia AirScale Base Station together with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem mobile test device. The X20 supports Category 18 for theoretical peak downloads of 1.2 Gbps. The network ran 12 independent streams of LTE data and relied on 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and three-channel carrier aggregation across 60 MHz of T-Mobile’s network. T-Mobile says the test “demonstrated that commercially available 4G technologies can deliver unprecedented download speeds well beyond what customers experience today.” T-Mobile and other carriers are developing 4.5G and 5G technologies even though the ITU has yet to define the standard’s specifications.

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Don’t just upgrade. It takes seconds to get a better deal.

Dont just upgrade. It takes seconds to get a better deal.

Fancy getting the Samsung Galaxy S8 this weekend? Perhaps you just want a better deal on your contract?

Well, as we always say here at Coolsmartphone, don’t just upgrade with your current provider. That’s bonkers.

Go armed.

Doing a straight upgrade, just because you want the latest shiny thing, isn’t a good move. You need to do a bit of research first, and it really doesn’t take long. If you’re signing up for a 24-month contract then, by perhaps only paying £5 too much per month, you’re throwing £120 in the bin. So first, remember…

  1. Check how much data you’re REALLY using. On Android, go to “Mobile data” in the settings and you can check your data usage over the month. For the iPhone, head to settings, then “Cellular” and “Cellular Data Usage”. You could be paying for 10GB per month but actually only using 5GB. Why waste cash on something you don’t need?
  2. Do some comparisons based on your requirements. Sites like TotalPhoneDeals have sliders letting you set the amount of data and minutes you need. It takes just seconds to compare plans.
  3. Check for a good deal. As an example, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S8 on Vodafone for £32 per month with £25 upfront. That’ll get you 4GB of data. Or you can pay £75 upfront and then £29 per month for 3GB of data with O2.
  4. Happy with your current phone? Want to go SIM-only and save a load of cash? Want to sell it because it’s in really good condition and you want to get more money for it?Check if your phone is already unlocked. You can find this out by getting one of those 99p SIM cards you see at the checkout in supermarkets. Get one from a different provider, stick it into your phone. If your phone is locked, it’ll tell you. Boom. Easy. That cost 99p.

Want to unlock your phone? Remember, networks are no longer allowed to charge unlocking fees to pay monthly customers who are out of contract. They may charge a bit if you’re still in contract, but check. It’s worth it, believe me. Remember, Unlocking is totally legal.

Once you’ve done, just head to a SIM-only comparison tool and get your monthly cost down. Save money, get the same (or better) calls, texts and internet. It’s a no-brainer.

Dont just upgrade. It takes seconds to get a better deal.

Finding a better deal is important, because even if you really don’t want to move away from your current network, you can use these deals as bargaining chips. Tell your current network that you’ve seen a better deal elsewhere and you’re planning to move unless they match it.

Some networks may not budge – they’ll continue to offer you a more expensive deal and instead will tell you how much better their network is. Don’t fall for it. Stick to your guns.

Also, if you’re looking for a better deal, don’t forget that the virtual networks are a good way of getting a better deal AND sometimes actually staying on the same masts you’ve always used before. As an example, iD Mobile have a 4GB offer on the Galaxy S8 for £35.99 per month (£49.99 upfront). They use the Three network, so if you’re already with Three and like their coverage, you’re not really moving, but you could get a better deal.

Either way, the popularity of mobile comparison sites mean that you can get yourself a better deal, whether you move or not.

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  • Zelle P2P Payment App Reaches Consumers September 12

    Zelle today said its mobile peer-to-peer payment application will reach the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store on Tuesday, September 12. The service has been in testing since June. Zelle is supported by more than 30 of the nation’s largest banks for sending funds from one person to another. It competes with established P2P payment services Venmo and Square Cash. The difference is speed. These older services typically require a day or two for funds to actually transfer between accounts. Zelle claims it can move cash in mere minutes using only the recipient’s email address or mobile phone number, allowing for near instant withdrawals. Zelle’s service has already been added to mobile banking apps from the likes of Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank, First National Bank, JP Morgan Chase, KeyBank, M&T, PNC Bank, TD Bank, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and more than a dozen others. This means users of these banks who send cash to friends via their mobile banking app are likely already using Zelle’s service, which is running in the background. What’s different here is that Zelle is rolling out a separate app under its own brand to stand apart from the banks it works with. The service can be tied to bank accounts and/or debit cards, but not credit cards. It is strictly meant to send real money from one person to another. Zelle was created by early warning services.

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    Google in talks to buy HTC

    Google in talks to buy HTC

    If you have been a smartphone user over the past few years there’s a good chance you have used a device made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. For many years the company made many devices under different brand names. Remember XDA, MDA, SPV? Even HP branded devices were made by HTC. They were the first manufacturer to bring a 4G phone into the United States with the HTC Evo 4G.

    But despite making beautiful devices, over the last few years HTC as a company has struggled to gain market momentum, and for some time has been teetering on the brink of collapse.

    Well, things may be about to change according to the Taiwanese press. Reports state that HTC is in the “final stage” of talks with Google around a possible sale of the struggling smartphone business.

    According to Commercial Times, HTC is in “negotiations with Google to sell only the mobile side of the business”

    It is unknown if this deal is a straight buyout of the smartphone business, or Google becoming a “strategic partner” for HTC. But the deal should be concluded by the end of the year.

    HTC has made a number of devices for Google in the past under the Nexus branding, so if the sale goes ahead will we see more beautiful HTC hardware running pure up to date stock Android.

    I for one hope so.

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