New UK network, SMARTY, hopes not to be pants.

Two UK networks have both announced new offerings today. Three and Vodafone. First, it’s Three…. well, actually it’s a new network called “SMARTY” – and yes, that’s all in capitals. They piggyback off the Three 4G network and they tell us that they are going to be the “simplest and most flexible mobile network around”.

New UK network, SMARTY, hopes not to be pants.

You may already know that other networks – such as MVNO Sky Mobile, let you roll-over unused data at the end of the month. Here SMARTY will offer a refund on any data you don’t use. The cash value of unused data is auto-deducted from your plan next month.

If you go over (instead of under) your allowance, SMARTY have a blanket price of £1.25 per GB of data that you use. They promise that “out of plan pricing the same as in plan”. So hopefully no hugely nasty surprises if you download a bit too much.

So, they have three plans and, to make things simple, all come with unlimited calls and texts. They are as follows…

    Small (£7.50 for 2GB UK data)
    Medium (£10 for 4GB UK data)
    Large (£15 for 8GB UK data)

They’ve not got roaming available just yet and you can’t call abroad either, so this is currently a UK-only solution in many ways, but they are said to be working on this.

This SIM-only network seems to be keeping things simple, but you still get the grunt of the Three 4G network for no extra cost. If you’re interested in taking a look, head to Smarty.co.uk, where you can also check the coverage.

Oh, and who exactly are they? Well, we had a dig down into their Terms and Conditions and they appear to have an office address of Star House 20, Grenfell Road in Maidenhead. The very same address of UK network Three…

… and they’re cheaper..

SIMPLEST AND MOST HONEST MOBILE NETWORK EVER LAUNCHES
– New mobile network SMARTY promises to be the most honest and flexible ever –

To paraphrase a clever chap called Albert Einstein: everything should be made as simple as possible. It’s hard to argue with Albert. In a world where we insist on making things complicated, simplicity is in short supply.

For some people this speaks to their experiences of mobile networks. The sheer number of plans on the market can be confusing, while the plans themselves can seem complicated and inflexible, with some feeling that they don’t have control over their mobile plans and how much they are spending toward them. What’s more, there are many consumers that simply dislike mobile contracts and the commitment they call for.

So for those that crave the a simple, transparent and easy mobile life, say hello to SMARTY: the simplest, most honest mobile network ever made, and it launches today: www.smarty.co.uk

Honesty reigns supreme on SMARTY, with customers only paying for the data they use, and not the data they don’t. In what is a UK mobile market first, the network will automatically deduct the monetary value of any unused data a customer has at the end of each month from the following month’s plan, meaning there’s potential for pounds to land back in your pocket monthly. It’s a unique new type of perk that is unlike anything that’s come before it.

With SMARTY, there are no contracts – just three simple monthly plans. Standard UK calls and texts are unlimited and there is a £5 monthly service charge. Out of plan pricing is also the same as in plan, meaning no nasty surprises when it comes to topping up. There are no strings, no small print and definitely no asterisks.

SMARTY is a SIM-only mobile network operating on the Three network with 4G offered at no extra cost. It has been designed to give customers the freedom and flexibility to manage mobile the way they want and to provide unrivalled value.

The three SMARTY plans are as follows (all of which come with unlimited calls and texts):

· Small (£7.50 for 2GB UK data)

· Medium (£10 for 4GB UK data)

· Large (£15 for 8GB UK data)

In what is another UK mobile market first, SMARTY will employ a blanket price of £1.25 per GB of data you use each month, no matter what plan you’re on, reflecting the network’s dedication to honesty and fairness throughout. The data discount – again available on all three plans – will also be valued at £1.25 per each unused GB of data, with absolutely no catches to speak of.

Behind the simplicity of SMARTY is digital technology that offers customers great value, fairness and ease of use. In addition to offering a refund on the data that you don’t use at the end of each month, SMARTY also allows customers to simply and quickly switch between plans at will each month. It’s up to them and all it takes is the touch of a button or the swipe of a finger.

Elin McLean, General Manager for SMARTY, said: “There is currently a wide variety of different mobile plans and tariffs out there, and these suit a lot of people. That said, we know that many others are looking for more simplicity and honesty from their network. They may not want to commit to a contract and want the freedom to manage their mobile in line with their lifestyles. That’s where SMARTY comes in.

“SMARTY sets out to change the UK mobile market as we know it – putting the power in the customers’ hands by offering the simplest and most honest mobile network experience ever. The unique perk of being given a discount for any data you don’t use at the end of each month is unlike anything that’s been offered by a UK network before. This benefit, coupled with the fact we also offer a blanket cost for each GB of data you use across all our plans, reflects our ambition to deliver a smart and cost-effective mobile option that provides customers with immense flexibility when it comes to managing their data usage.”

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  • LG V30 Arrives. Get all the details.

    LG V30 Arrives. Get all the details.

    How does a phone with a 6″ screen sound? How about one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB of RAM? What about the 64GB of storage with a microSD slot? Sounding promising?

    Welcome, then, the new LG V30, announced just this morning.

    It’s one that has already appeared in leaked shots here on Coolsmartphone and it’sanother handset with an 18:9 screen. This one packs a QuadHD+ OLED 2880 x 1440 6 incher at 538ppi. Nice. That’s a first. This comes with a “Cine Video” mode for producing movie-quality videos and you get top-end sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio courtesy of B&O PLAY. The provided headphones come from the same company.

    In addition, there’ll be an uprated V30+ which has the same memory but 128GB of on board storage which can still be boosted with the microSD slot.

    Around back there’s confirmation of that trick camera setup. A 16 megapixel camera has the first f1.6 aperture, and there’s a Crystal Clear Lens. This sits next to a wide angle 13 megapixel f1.9 camera. Up front you can find a 5 megapixel f2.2 camera which is also wide angle so you can get group shots in.

    LG V30 Arrives. Get all the details.

    Other details include the Android 7.1.2 OS and it is powered by a 3,300mAh battery. It measures in at 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and weighs just 158g. Redirect NFC, WiFi, 4G and Bluetooth 5.0 too. It comes with face recognition, an always-on display and the Quick Charge 3.0 technology will see it charge up from nothing to 50 % in 30 minutes

    In detail..

    The main camera f1.6 aperture camera delivers more light, so you get brighter, more dynamic shots. The Crystal Clear Lens, which is glass, is said to give you “more accurate colours and clearer images than a plastic lens”. Presumably it’d scratch less too. Meanwhile, the second lens lets you take those wide angle shots with less distortion.

    The Cine Video adds “cinematic hues” from “various movie genres” so you can walk around and become a master movie maker. The “Point Zoom” feature means that you can smoothly zoom into objects, no matter where they may be in your preview frame. In addition, the “Cine Effect” adds 15 movie-like presets, such as “romantic comedy, summer blockbuster, mystery, thriller and classic movie”.

    LG V30 Arrives. Get all the details.

    The camera also has a manual mode and there’s “Graphy”, to add your own style and mood to a photo. This will let you set the white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO quickly and easily. LG have also made Google Assistant work with their camera tech, so you can say things like “Ok Google, take a wide angle selfie” or “Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video”. Not only that, but if you’ve got any of the clever LG home kit (like an applicable LG washing machine, refrigerator, oven etc), you can say, “Ok Google, talk to LG to wash my clothes”.

    As for when you can get this phone, well, we’ve not had any European networks approaching us just yet, but LG tell us that it will arrive in Europe. First though, South Korea will see the phone on sale from September 21st, then “key markets” in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It will be available in black, silver, blue and “Lavender Violet”.

    LG V30 Arrives. Get all the details.

    More details in the press release below…

    LG V30 CHARTS NEW MOBILE FRONTIER WITH 

    PREMIUM CINEMATOGRAPHY CAPABILITIES

     

    LG’s Third V Smartphone Ups the Ante for Design and High-end

    Content Creation with Unmatched Package of Features and Options

     

     

    LONDON, Aug. 31, 2017 — LG Electronics (LG) today took the wraps off the eagerly anticipated LG V30, the latest iteration of the company’s V series flagship smartphones. The LG V30 improves on the strengths of the V series phones in providing a whole new mobile experience and offering optimal multimedia features. The V30 features many industry innovations – the first F1.6 aperture camera lens, the first glass Crystal Clear Lens, the first OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC, sound tuning by B&O PLAY, and Voice Recognition. The V30 sets a new standard in the evolution of premium smartphones.

     

    Videos Like a Pro with F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens and Cine Video

    The LG V30 features powerful video capabilities that make it a leader in the era of smartphone videography. The main camera on the rear of the V30 features an F1.6 aperture that lets in more light for brighter, more dynamic shots. Paired with the glass Crystal Clear Lens which delivers more accurate colours and clearer images than a plastic lens, the V30 is the most capable image capturing device in a smartphone. The second lens in the V30 dual camera is an upgraded 13MP wide angle lens with two-thirds less edge distortion than in the V20.

     

    LG’s new Cine Video mode allows anyone to produce movies like a pro, thanks to its powerful Cine Effect and Point Zoom features. Users can now take high-quality videos enhanced by the cinematic hues of various movie genres with only a smartphone. While typical cameras only allow one to zoom in on the center of the frame, Point Zoom allows users to zoom in on any subject smoothly using the zoom slider, regardless of its position in the frame, another industry first. And Cine Effect provides a palette of 15 presets to give videos a unique movie-like look, from romantic comedy, summer blockbuster, mystery, thriller and classic movie, among others.

     

    LG V30 supports LG-Cine Log which allows for greater creative flexibility when capturing videos. With the ability to preserve a wide dynamic range and colour gamut, LG-Cine Log videos files can save far more accurate image details. LG-Cine Log also allows for recording video using log gamma curve for maximum flexibility in producing the look the user wants during post-production.

     

    Photo capturing is even more advanced with the new V30. The camera’s Manual Mode takes on a whole new level of capability with Graphy. With Graphy, any shutterbug can produce quality photos simply by choosing the image and pressing the shutter. Available in Manual Mode, users can select professional images from the Graphy website or mobile app and apply the same presets such as white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO to photos taken with the V30.

     

    Slim, Lightweight Design and OLED FullVision Display in Compact Body

    The LG V30 builds on the strengths of the OLED FullVision display in a body that is surprisingly compact, slim and light. Even with a large 6-inch 18:9 OLED FullVision display, the V30 is 8mm shorter and 3mm narrower than its predecessor, resulting in a firmer, more confident grip. With a thickness of only 7.3mm and tipping the scale at 158g, the V30 is the lightest among smartphones in the 6-inch and over category. The tempered glass that covers both the front and back is curved all the way around the edge, resulting in a sleek, integrated look and feel.

     

    The advanced dual camera module featuring a 16MP standard angle camera and a 13MP wide angle camera is smaller than the module in the V20, resulting in the near flat rear profile of the V30. For the smoothest and sharpest images, the main standard angel camera is supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus.

     

    The QHD+ (2880 x 1440) OLED FullVision display offers faster response time with minimal afterimages when viewing an action-packed movie or playing a game with quick movements. The V30 takes full advantage of this rapid response time and the exceptional graphics delivered by the robust Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality, mobile VR. With Daydream, users can explore new worlds, enjoy personal VR cinema and play games that put them in the center of the action.

     

    Personalised Superior Sound Backed by Hi-Fi Quad DAC

    LG has equipped the V30 with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with audio tuning by sound engineers from world renowned audio brand B&O PLAY – delivering an authentic and superior acoustic experience – as well as a set of earphones by B&O PLAY, also finely tuned for an optimal listening experience. 1 Digital filters adjust the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response of music with three filters which users can select. Four pre-programmed presets mix and match sound frequencies and decibel scales to produce the quality of audio found in professional earphones.

     

    The V30 is the first global smartphone to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology that allows for the streaming of high-resolution audio. MQA captures the sound of the original studio master and folds it into a small file to make high-resolution audio easy to stream. The V30’s recording capability is upgraded as well, with a receiver that doubles as a microphone to capture a broader sound spectrum, from gentle chimes to thunderous drums.

     

    Equipped with Google Assistant and Voice Recognition

    The Google Assistant on the LG V30 will feature unique capabilities specific to the phone. Saying “Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video” will activate Cine Video preset to Romantic. Say “Ok Google, take a wide angle selfie” to launch the camera app with the setting on the front-facing camera wide angel mode. The Google Assistant on the V30 takes advantage of advanced signal processing enabling users to use the voice command, “Ok Google” even when loud music is being played. In addition, select LG appliances including a washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, air purifier, oven, air conditioner and robot vacuum are compatible with the Google Assistant when using the V30 and Google Home. Users can say, “Ok Google, talk to LG to wash my clothes” to start a load of laundry.

     

    The convenience of the Second Screen which was introduced in past V series smartphones has evolved into a new Always-on Display (AOD) feature and Floating Bar. When the display is off, the AOD replaces the Second Screen by providing shortcuts to Quick Tools and Music Player without having to turn on the display. The optional semi-transparent Floating Bar can be customised with up to five apps for easy access to the most used applications. When not needed, the Floating Bar can be dragged off to the side so it doesn’t take up any screen space.

     

    Now with four different options, security on the LG V30 is more advanced than ever. With Face Recognition, the V30 can be unlocked instantaneously using the front facing camera and without pressing any buttons even when the phone’s display is off. Voice Recognition uses a combination of the user’s voice and user-defined keywords (optimally three to five syllables) to unlock the V30. The reliable Fingerprint Sensor resides on the rear of the phone for fast, accurate security and Knock Code allows tapping a pattern on the screen to unlock the V30.

     

    Inheriting Legacy of LG Premium Phones, Solid Durability and Safety

    The V30 combines solid durability with safety with a slim and light design. One of the design aspects in the V30 that enhances durability and makes for tensile strength is an H-Beam structure, a construction technique found in modern buildings that integrate the edge with a metal frame. The phone also features Gorilla® Glass 5, Corning’s most advanced tempered glass, on both the front and rear. The V30 meets U.S. Department of Defense requirements for durability, having passed 14 categories of the MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test making it compliant for military operations.

     

    LG applied a heat pipe and a cooling pad in the V30 to dissipate heat quickly. The V30 can be used in any situation without worry thanks to its IP68 water and dust resistance. The phone is perfectly sealed from dust and can be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes without impacting the function. With Quick Charge 3.0, the V30 charges from empty to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. The V30 also offers wireless charging for the ultimate in convenience.

     

    “The V series has always been demonstrating new practical mobile technologies that contribute to high quality content creation and the V30 has not lost sight of its roots,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With its F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens Camera and Cine Video mode, the LG V30 is designed to help create professional-looking content without professional-level complexity.”

     

    Customers of LG V30 will receive USD 100 worth of in-game purchases when downloading and installing the popular game Beat Fever by WRKSHP. The games take full advantage of the phone’s immersive OLED FullVision display and high-quality audio capability.

     

    The V30 will become available to consumers in South Korea starting on September 21 and will be followed by key markets in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The V30 with 64GB ROM will come in four beautiful elegant hues: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet 2 while the LG V30+ with 128GB of storage will be available in limited markets.

     

    Visitors to IFA 2017 are encouraged to stop by LG’s booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin to see the exciting LG V30 for themselves.

     

    Key Specifications: 3

     

    • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
    • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
    • Memory:

    o  V30: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)

    o  V30+: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)

    • Camera:

    o  Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9/ 120°)

    o  Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)

    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
    • Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
    • Weight: 158g
    • Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
    • Colours: Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet
    • Others: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging

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  • Augmented Reality Race: Are Consumers Ready?

    You might have gotten a taste of “augmented reality,” the blending of the virtual and physical worlds, as you chased on-screen monsters at real-world landmarks in last year’s gaming sensation, “Pokemon Go.”

    Upcoming augmented reality apps will follow that same principle of superimposing virtual images over real-life settings. That could let you see how furniture will look in your real living room before you buy it, for instance.

    While “Pokemon Go” didn’t require special hardware or software, more advanced AR apps will. Google and Apple are both developing technology to enable that. Google’s AR technology is already on Android phones from Lenovo and Asus. On Tuesday, Google announced plans to bring AR to even more phones, including Samsung’s popular S8 and Google’s own Pixel, though it didn’t give a timetable beyond promising an update by the end of the year.

    As a result, Apple might pull ahead as it extends AR to all recent iPhones and iPads in a software update expected next month, iOS 11. Hundreds of millions of AR-ready devices will suddenly be in the hands of consumers.

    But how many are ready to give AR a try?

    Early Applications

    Of the dozen or so apps demoed recently for Android and iPhones, the ones showing the most promise are furniture apps .

    From a catalog or a website, it’s hard to tell whether a sofa or a bed will actually fit in your room. Even if it fits, will it be far enough from other pieces of furniture for someone to walk through?

    With AR, you can go to your living room or bedroom and add an item you’re thinking of buying. The phone maps out the dimensions of your room and scales the virtual item automatically; there’s no need to pull out a tape measure. The online furnishing store Wayfair has the WayfairView for Android…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Selfies Could Help Screen for Pancreatic Cancer

    Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an app that could allow people to screen for pancreatic cancer by using a smartphone selfie.

    Pancreatic cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent, one of the worst prognoses for any type of cancer due to the lack of symptoms and non-invasive screening tools. One of the earliest symptoms of pancreatic cancer and other diseases is jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes caused by an increase in bilirubin in the blood.

    The blood test currently used to screen for bilirubin levels is not given to adults unless there is a cause for concern, requires access to a health care professional and is inconvenient for frequent screening.

    The app called, BiliScreen, uses a smartphone camera, computer vision algorithms and machine learning tools to detect increased bilirubin levels in a person’s sclera, the white part of the eye.

    “The problem with pancreatic cancer is that by the time you’re symptomatic, it’s frequently too late,” Alex Mariakakis, a doctoral student at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, said in a press release. “The hope is that if people can do this simple test once a month — in the privacy of their own homes — some might catch the disease early enough to undergo treatment that could save their lives.”

    The study, which will be presented Sept. 13 at Ubicomp 2017, the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Upiquitous Computing, consisted of 70 people using the BiliScreen app, in conjunction with a 3D printed box that controls the eye’s exposure to light. The test correctly identified cases 89.7 percent of the time, which is significantly higher than the blood test currently used.

    “The eyes are a really interesting gateway into the body…
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    300 Android Apps removed from Google Play

    On the 17th August this year, a number of researchers including from Google, Akamai, CloudFlare, Flashpoint and RiskIQ uncovered a botnet called WireX which has been found to be contributing towards DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. The interesting element of this discovery comes from the botnet being mainly made up of Android devices that are running specific malicious applications. Google has reported that they have removed 300 applications ranging from video players to so-called security tools. More worryingly, the fact these applications made it onto the official Play store as opposed to a third-party store which is the typical spot from malicious applications.

    There is a suggestion that there are over 70,000 infected mobile phones spread over 100 countries, which is probably a sign of things to come in terms of mobile phone security.

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  • BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter – Review

    A selfie stick. Yeah, yeah. Blah, blah. It’s a stick that you put your phone into so that you can take one of those “looking up and pouting”-style photos. Great. Blah, blah.. you can get them everywhere.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    Wait a minute. This one (which is available from Amazon UK for £15.88 or you can get it from Amazon US for $21.99) is surprisingly solid when I get it out of the packet. There’s none of that wobbly badly-made nonsense that you get from a lot of selfie sticks out there. You’ve probably seen them – the “stick” tends to bend a bit under the weight and the bracket holding the phone. None of that here. It’s rock solid and really well built, it really is.

    Oh, one thing I should just mention is that I have no idea who sent us this. It just turned up. Let me know if it’s you, but what I can say is that a company called BlitzWolf are behind it.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    Let’s start with the actual selfie stick part, and the cradle which holds your phone is initially folded down to wrap itself around the main shaft. You unfold this easily, then pull the top section up to size it to your phone. This part is really easy, and the cushioned finish gives it a soft and grippy feel so that your phone is protected and held tightly. It’s kept in place by a spring which holds your device firmly, and it can be rotated and twisted around in a brilliantly secure and solid fashion. It’ll cope with a phone which is between 5.5cm and 8.5cm wide.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    All of this, hopefully, is shown in the video below. You fix the phone in place with a small knob on the side. After you’ve twisted your knob, you’re free to extend your pole out and fire away.

    Wait! Don’t go crazy just yet, because there’s more to come.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    The pole extends out to almost 68cm and, whilst you could just about press your screen still, there’s a clever Bluetooth trigger on the handle. It comes with a 65mAh battery which can be recharged via a microUSB port. It’s removable too, but more on that in a minute, because we’re in “holding it out and taking a photo” mode right now. Press and hold the button to fire it up, then pair it with your phone. Once you’ve done that, provided that you have your camera app set so that the volume control fires the shutter, it’ll take a shot just simply by tapping it. No need for timers or anything, just fire away. The battery is charged fully in just 30 minutes and has a 3 month standby.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    At 148g, you’d think that you’ve seen everything, but not so. This also acts as a tripod. You simply spread the legs, extend the pole as required, push the rod gently up from below and then – using your thumb – slide the small button until it pops off.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    With your phone in the cradle at the top, you can then place the tripod on a suitably flat surface and it’ll provide a stable and sturdy platform for your Skype video calls, YouTube broadcasts or vlogs.

    It’s a really well-built bit of kit this, I can’t emphasise this enough. Solid with a very good construction and a smooth but strong mechanism which gives you a good sense of confidence when you use it. The whole thing folds down and opens up remarkably easily and the design of this means that you can fairly easily slot it into a bag or coat pocket without noticing too much bulk.

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    It’s a good quality gadget this. A very, very well-put-together device made from aluminium alloy and rubber which is lightweight, strong and operates brilliantly when you need it.

    Highly recommended from me this one. Highly recommended.

    Here’s a few more shots of the gadget to finish off the review…

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

    BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick and Tripod with remote shutter   Review

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  • FileCloud Cited in 'Content Collaboration' Magic Quadrant Report

    Austin-based CodeLathe, the maker of FileCloud — a leading enterprise file sharing, sync and backup software — has received an honorable mention in Gartner’s July 2017 Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms.

    Gartner defines Content Collaboration Platforms (CCP) market “as a range of content-centric platforms enabling secure file productivity and content collaboration for individuals and teams as well as supporting the creation of a modern digital workplace….” According to the report, “Content Collaboration Platforms are the evolution of the EFSS (Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing) destination products and address digital workplace enablement strategies.”

    FileCloud offers a rich set of features that are well beyond the basic enterprise file share and sync features. FileCloud enables content-driven collaboration among teams, business workflow automation, brand office synchronization, full-text search, and many hybrid scenarios that involve a mix of on-premises and cloud infrastructure.

    “Unlike most of our competitors, who are focused on expanding usage of their own repository, our vision is to build a unified enterprise file services platform that offers Content Collaboration across Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds,” said Venkat Ramasamy, COO of CodeLathe. “World renowned organizations like NASA, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, and US Army Engineering Laboratory use FileCloud to organize their files. We feel it validates our unique vision and the value we bring to the market.”

    FileCloud differentiates itself from other popular enterprise file share and sync products by offering complete control over data, unparalleled branding options, variety of deployment models, and easy integration with existing corporate repositories and IT systems. FileCloud can be deployed as on-premises servers, private clouds and public clouds from AWS or Azure marketplaces. These deployment options help organizations select a right cloud model for them and adopt cloud at a pace that is right for…
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    Kensington Announces BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad 9.7"

    Kensington®, today announced its new BlackBelt™ Rugged Case for iPad® 9.7″ to safeguard the iPad in any environment. The case is built with military-grade protection and an integrated hand strap that keeps the iPad secure and worry-free when sharing the screen and collaborating with others in the classroom, conference room, or out in the field. An infinitely variable kickstand allows users to position the iPad at any given angle for greater versatility.

    Kensington® BlackBelt™ Rugged Case for iPad® 9.7″

    Features of the Kensington BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad 9.7″ (SKU #K97703; SRP $59.99) include:

    ?EU? Drop Test Certified (MIL-STD 810G) provides Military-Grade Protection with a defensive rugged body designed to meet the U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G testing protocols for drop impact.

    ?EU? Infinitely Variable Kick Stand is adaptable and increases comfort by reducing additional strain on the eyes, neck or wrists.

    ?EU? Integrated Silicone Hand Strap provides a worry-free convenient way to collaborate while incorporating mobility into the iPad.

    ?EU? Asset Tagging Area allows users to quickly identify their devices when lost or misplaced in the classroom or other types of collaborative environments.

    ?EU? Easy Access to All Ports and Buttons allows for protection that does not hamper the ability to use all cables, headphones and other accessories.

    ?EU? Easy to Install Screen Protector provides screen protection in all types of circumstances.

    “The iPad offers both the performance and portability that make it ideal for use in collaborative environments,” said Ada Yang, Senior Global Product Manager, Kensington. “Users need a way to protect their valuable mobile investments from damage that can result from accidents. Designed specifically for the iPad 9.7,” the BlackBelt Rugged Case surrounds the tablet with textured rubber to create a non-slip grip for all surfaces.

    Using a hand strap reduces the chances of accidental drops, and makes the iPad convenient and easy to carry. Alternatively, the…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Hands On with Samsung's Gear Sport, Fit2 Pro, and IconX

    Samsung today announced several new wearables at IFA, including the Gear Sport smartwatch, the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band, and the Gear IconX 2018 wireless earbuds. With an expanding range of devices, Samsung hopes people will find the wearable that suits them best. Here are our initial thoughts on these new accessories.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Samsung's Gear Sport Smartwatch Is a Dedicated Fitness Wearable

    Samsung today introduced the Gear Sport smartwatch. The watch includes a 1.2-inch OLED display and measures 42.9mm, which Samsung says should fit most people well. It is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor and includes 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage for music and other files. The device packs a 300mAh battery that Samsung says is good for about two days of use, though tracking workouts via GPS will cut down battery life dramatically. Other specs include Bluetooth 4.2, accelerometer, barometer, light sensor, and optical heart rate monitor. It can charge wirelessly and includes NFC for Samsung Pay mobile payments. The device runs Tizen OS 3.0 with some tweaks from Samsung. In particular, Samsung has refreshed its Health and Nutrition platform with more advanced calorie counting and workout tracking. The wearable can automatically track a wide variety of workouts and provide data such as step counts, distance traveled, floors climbed, and more. The Gear Sport includes the rotating bezel to manage the use interface, as well as two buttons along the side. The device relies on standard 22mm bands and Samsung will provide a variety of straps in a materials such as plastic, leather, and woven fabric. It is waterproof to 50 meters and can handle salt water swimming. It also meets mil-spec standards for protection from abuse, such as drops and shock. The Gear Sport is compatible with most Android handsets and even the Apple iPhone. Pricing and availability were not disclosed.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News