New Garmin smartwatches announced

There are two types of smartwatch that exist: those that are primarily fitness trackers with smartwatch capabilities added on; and those that are primarily smartwatches with fitness tracking capabilities added on.  Trying to pick and choose between the Apple Watch, Android Wear or Tizen on the one hand, and Garmin, Fitbit or Polar on the other is no easy task.  Partly it comes down to budgets, partly to what the main point of having such a watch is.  I’ve played around with many of them over the last few years and ALWAYS come back to my old, slightly battered, but trustworthy Garmin Fenix 3.  Garmin is no stranger to the smartwatch world but very much operates in the sphere of primarily being a fitness device with (limited) smartwatch functions thrown in.  Just announced are three new Garmin devices that conform to this model.

New Garmin smartwatches announced

The Vivoactive 3 is a traditional looking smartwatch that comes with a variety of sport apps installed, everything from the standard running and cycling to yoga (!).  It has an integral GPS chip, 7 day battery life and includes Garmin Pay (much like Android Pay etc).  With access to the Connect IQ story, there are myriad watchfaces and apps that can be installed, and the watch will receive smart notifications, though there are limited means in which you can interact with these.  The watch is available in a variety of colours and strap configurations and is priced at £279.99, available from Q4 this year.  Further details are here.

New Garmin smartwatches announced

The Vivosport is more of a fitness bracelet but also receives smart notifications.  It, too, has an integrated GPS chip and heart rate monitor, as well as a function to track stress.  It is available from Q3 in different sizes and colours, priced at £169.99.  More details are here.

New Garmin smartwatches announced

The final offering is the Vivomove HR.  This is more akin to a traditional analogue watch, albeit with a LCD display at the bottom.  This can be used to show notifications, track heart rate, stress, steps etc.  Quite a smart looking watch, this is available in a variety of colours and strap configurations too.  Available from Q3 and priced from £169.99.  More details are here.

 

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  • Lindy noise cancelling NC-60 Headphones

    LINDY Electronics have announced the NC-60 Noise Cancelling headphones in line with their wired equivalent of the BNX-60. The NC-60 headphones feature a 1.5m audio cable terminated with a 3.5mm stereo jack plug. They are powered by x 2 AAA batteries allowing up to 72 hours of noise-cancelling operation at 50% volume. LINDY claim that the technology can cut out 85% of the ambient noise around the unit when the feature is turned on.

    Lindy noise cancelling NC 60 Headphones

    The headphones offer a wide frequency range from 20Hz to 20kHz which in theory deliver the full range of sound but we will try to get a pair to test to see how it matches up. The earcups feature a volume control and an on/off switch to allow or remove the noise cancellation; a blue LED light flashes to indicate it is in action. The NC-60 feature 40mm high output drivers with neodymium magnets.

    The NC-60 is accompanied by a ¼” stereo-plug adapter and a dual-plug flight adapter – all housed in a small mesh pouch and a hard shell carry case that is perfect for on-the-go-use and long distance travel.

    Lindy noise cancelling NC 60 Headphones

    The Lindy NC-60 is available in the UK now, priced at £59.99 and can be purchased from www.lindy.co.uk

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  • Google Details September's Android Security Patches

    Google today made its monthly security patches available to select Android devices. September’s patches plug a significant number of security holes that threaten most Android devices. Google found dozens of vulnerabilities, including a number of which classified as critical, or able to remotely execute code. Some of problems are related to specific hardware and the associated software drivers that control them, such as components from MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Broadcom. Other vulnerabilities impact the kernel, system, and media framework directly. Google is pushing two separate patches to cover these problems, one dated September 1 and the second dated September 5. Google said the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices will receive the September security patches as part of the upgrade to Android 8 Oreo. Google has already posted factory images for download from its web site. Google’s handsets will receive both patches in a single download. As far as Google is aware, none of these security holes have been exploited by hackers or other entities. Google has already given the patches to its device-maker partners. Phone manufacturers are responsible for updating their own smartphones with the patches.

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    YouTube Improves Live Streaming Performance

    YouTube today rolled out several improvements to its live streaming functionality on mobile devices. To start, YouTube has made it possible to engage in real-time interactions with viewers during live streams thanks to a new ultra-low latency mode. Switching to the ultra-low latency setting drops latency down to just a couple of seconds, which is short enough to let people answer fan questions or respond to viewer input in near real-time. Google says the mode is easy to operate and doesn’t require any coding. Separately, YouTube for iOS now lets people stream content from within select apps directly to YouTube. In other words, users can push their app experience and/or screen to YouTube Live in real-time. This particular feature relies on Apple’s ReplayKit, which third-party apps will need to support in order to enable live streaming. Google says a small selection of apps already do, including Procreate, Asphalt 8, and Vainglory. Moreover, iPhone owners will be able to use their smartphone’s microphone and selfie camera to add their own commentary to the live app stream. Last, YouTube Live adopts new tools to make live chat moderation easier. For example, inline moderation lets broadcasters easily pause chat feeds, while a “hold” tool gives moderators a chance to review potentially inappropriate messages before they go live. All these updates are headed to YouTube Live over the days ahead.

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    Samsung Note8, Sony Xperia XZ1, LG V30 Earn Netflix HDR

    Netflix recently added the Samsung Galaxy Note8, Sony Xperia XZ1, and the LG V30 to the short list of those able to play back high-definition video in HDR. High-dynamic range content offers better contrast than standard content. The only other handsets capable of supporting Netflix HDR are the LG G6 and Xperia XZ Premium, which have the needed HDR displays. In order to view HDR content on these handsets, owners have to subscribe to the $12 premium Netflix plan (streaming on four screens and ultra HD resolution). They’ll also have to ensure the latest version of the app is installed on their phone, and select “high definition” for video playback quality.

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    Three have a student discount offering. 30GB for just £16 p/m

    Now, let’s be honest, that’s a bit of a deal isn’t it?

    The SIM Only Advanced Plan package is a 12-month contract but, for only £16 a month, you get 30GB (tethering included) and you can do the Go Binge TV and music thing too.

    This package also comes with the Three Feel At Home roaming, which is ideal for the intended customers who might be heading off for a boozy holiday.

    Three have a student discount offering. 30GB for just £16 p/m

    Yes, after the recent VOXI launch, it’s another network delivering something just for a specific group, and this time it’s students. To get this particular deal, you’ll need to show proof of your student status, so an NUS card is going to be your friend.

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  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note8

    The Galaxy Note8 is Samsung’s ultimate flagship for 2017. The Note8 takes the attractive design language from Samsung’s own Galaxy S8 and pairs it with one of the largest screens and best cameras available. This Android powerhouse is more capable than most thanks to the added benefits of the S Pen stylus. If you want the biggest and the best, and have the huge amount of cash needed to buy this phone, then the Galaxy Note8 is indeed an attractive option. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review.

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    What To Expect from Apple's iPhone Unveiling Next Week

    Months of speculation about what the next iPhone will look like could soon be coming to an end: Apple confirmed with a tweet yesterday that it has scheduled a news event for 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

    This fall’s product launch, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, is expected to include the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, as well as a next-generation device that could be called the Edition rather than the iPhone 8.

    While Apple isn’t revealing any details ahead of next week’s event, various leaks and rumors have offered hints about what the next iPhone could look like. In addition to a premium price of at least $1,000, the iPhone Edition could feature facial recognition rather than Touch ID for security, along with a nearly bezel-free OLED display.

    No More Home Button, Touch ID

    Next week’s Apple event is expected to answer many of the questions iPhone fans have had about the device’s widely expected major redesign. For instance, the nearly borderless front display is likely to eliminate the previously standard home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

    With the home button gone, iPhone users might also get a new way to invoke the intelligent digital assistant Siri. While Siri can be activated by the voice prompt “Hey Siri,” it could also be launched with a long hold on the lock/power button, according to iOS developer Guilherme Rambo.

    Rambo said on Twitter late last month that he had found an implementation in the SpringBoard iOS home screen management application that invokes Siri with a long press of the lock button.

    In addition to enabling users to lock, wake, turn off, or power up the iPhone, the lock button is also expected to come with a couple of other new capabilities. Five…
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    Samsung Note 8 Presents a Stylish Stylus — for a Price

    A stylus might seem, well, out of style in the tap-and-type world of smartphones. Yet it’s what sets Samsung’s Note phones apart from the competition.

    That’s significant as Apple prepares to launch what’s expected to be a super-premium phone next week, one that will match many of the features in the new Note 8 phone. Though not its pen.

    I was skeptical at first, but the stylus grew on me.

    Still, the Note 8 isn’t going to be for everyone. Most people will be fine with Samsung’s S8 phones for a few hundred dollars less. The Note 8 is more for “power users” — those who use their phones a lot more than the average consumer. The Note 8 starts selling in the U.S. next week for $930 to $960, depending on the carrier.

    Battery Issues

    What’s top on people’s minds probably isn’t the pen, but the phone’s battery, given last year’s Note 7 recall following a string of spontaneous fires. Samsung has stepped up its safety tests this year. Time will tell how well they work.

    Samsung reduced battery capacity by 6 percent to make room for various safety measures. But there’s still plenty of juice. The phone still had two-thirds of its charge left after four hours of Netflix. Tasks such as email, Facebook and note-taking won’t be as draining.

    Great for Note-Taking … to a Point

    A screen-off memo feature lets you use the stylus to take notes without having to unlock the phone. You can jot down a quick reminder while walking, or cross items off your shopping list at the store. It feels like real writing, without any noticeable lag. And writing a quick thought doesn’t feel as rude as opening an app and typing while with friends.

    Unlike past Note models, this one lets you scroll down to write more than a single…
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    Qualcomm: South Korean Court Rejects Antitrust Challenge

    Qualcomm has lost its legal bid in South Korea to postpone implementation of changes in the way it licenses cellular patents — moves that were called for last year by that country’s anti-monopoly regulator.

    The San Diego company confirmed late Monday that the Seoul High Court had denied Qualcomm’s application to shelve a remedial order by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC, over its patent licensing practices.

    Qualcomm sought to delay the measures imposed by the KFTC while the company appeals the regulator’s findings in court.

    The Seoul High Court ruled that Qualcomm’s business wouldn’t suffer irreparable harm if the order takes effect while the company appeals. Irreparable harm typically is the legal threshold that courts use when determining whether to grant a stay.

    Qualcomm said it would immediately appeal the Seoul High Court’s decision to the Korea Supreme Court.

    Late last year, the KFTC fined Qualcomm more than $900 million and ordered changes in the way it licenses patents — most notably that it must negotiate patent licenses with rival cellular modem chip makers such as Intel and MediaTek.

    Such a move could pave the way for patent licensing based on the price of modem chips.

    That’s counter to the way Qualcomm and other cellular patent holder license their technologies today, which is based on a percentage of the sales price of the entire smartphone.

    Presumably, licensing patents at the chip level would cost smartphone makers less — though that’s not clear.

    Qualcomm argues that its thousands of core cellular patents aren’t implemented on just one chip. It takes a host of technologies inside the phone, in cellular towers and the wider cellular network to deliver fast wireless Internet to smartphones. That’s why the cellular industry has calculated patent royalties based on the smartphone price for three decades.

    But Qualcomm’s patent licensing business model is under fierce attack…
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