Will Spotify’s Free Version Still be Worth it in the Coming Years?

For years since Spotify was created in 2008, its ad-supported tier has been the easiest way to access an enormous catalog of free music on the internet. But, now, Spotify may be the last of its kind now that almost all music streaming providers are removing their free music access. Of course, there’s always YouTube, […]
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Google Reportedly To Invest $877M in LG's OLED for Pixel Phones

Tech giant Google is said to be considering an investment of 1 trillion won, about $877 million, in LG Display to ensure access to a supply of flexible screens for the next generation of its smartphones.

That investment is reportedly being made to ensure Google can produce a flexible screen version of its Pixel smartphone using LG Display’s OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology, according to reports from South Korea’s ETNews and Yonhap News Agency. The arrangement would also provide LG Display with the upfront cash to ramp up production of such OLEDs.

LG Display said its plastic screen technology is “the world’s first flexible OLED display panel for smartphones.” Reportedly, other companies, including Apple and Samsung, have also been looking at flexible screen smartphones as the technology continues to improve.

‘Paradigm Shift to OLED’

Citing industry sources, ETNews yesterday reported that new Pixel phones featuring LG Display’s OLED technology could be released in the second half of this year. ETNews added the two companies are also “collaborating on the development of foldable displays.”

In the past 18 months, LG Display has revealed plans to spend billions of dollars building new production facilities for OLED screens. In a July 2016 statement announcing the development of a new construction line at its plant in Paju, South Korea, CEO and vice chairman Sang-Beom Han said the company’s goal is to lead an industry shift to OLED screens for mobile devices.

“A paradigm shift to OLED represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the display industry,” Han said in the statement. “LG Display is determined to become the leader in the fast-growing OLED market through timely investments to maximize efficiency.”

Fast-Expanding Market

The Pixel smartphones, designed an built by Google, were launched in October as the company’s replacement for its previous in-house Android brand, the…
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Professor Behind Designated Drivers Takes on Distracted Ones

A Harvard University professor who introduced Americans to the concept of designated drivers to deter drunken driving is now taking on the deadly problem of motorists distracted by cellphones and other electronics.

Jay Winsten is consulting with federal and Massachusetts officials to develop a new generation of public awareness messages.

“We wanted to find out why all efforts to date to tackle distracted driving have utterly failed,” Winsten said.

Districted driving killed 3,477 people in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Governors Highway Safety Association recently cited it as contributing to a surge in pedestrian fatalities last year. Just last week, after a crash killed 13 people in Texas, a witness said a pickup driver who collided with a minibus acknowledged he was texting; the crash is being investigated.

It’s not as if Americans aren’t aware of the risks, said Winsten, director of the Center for Health Communication at Harvard’s School of Public Health. It’s just that many drivers, surveys show, are mistakenly confident in their own ability to “multitask and handle the problem,” he added.

Paradoxically, those same drivers fear they’ll be victimized by others who text, email or check social media while driving. It’s bravado like that of tipsy drivers confident they can handle the road after a few drinks even if others cannot, he said.

Faced with a surge in drunken driving fatalities in the 1980s, and similarly ineffective public education efforts to reverse behavior, Winsten and colleagues at the center seized upon a concept pioneered in Scandinavia and built a campaign that quickly entered the American lexicon.

It was simple enough. Friends go out, but one — the designated driver — refrains from alcohol and gets the others home safely.

“It promoted a new social norm, a social expectation that the driver doesn’t drink, Winsten said. “It brought social legitimacy…
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ZTE Quartz Is An Affordable Android Watch

ZTE today announced the Quartz, the company’s first Android Wear smartwatch. The Quartz offers core tools for a modern wearable, including Android Wear 2.0, LTE connectivity for standalone calls and messaging, and an IP67 rating for protection against liquids and dirt. The watch features a 1.4-inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 and it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform. It includes a 500mAh battery, Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi. The Quartz also offers interchangeable wrist bands. The ZTE Quartz costs $199 and is compatible with T-Mobile’s network. It will be available on TMobile.com beginning Friday, April 14 and in select T-Mobile stores beginning Friday, April 21.

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AT&T to Acquire Straight Path for 5G Spectrum

AT&T has agreed to acquire Straight Path in an all-stock deal worth about $1.6 billion. Straight Path has significant spectrum holdings in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave bands, which will be put to use by some 5G technologies down the road. The transaction has been approved by both companies, but it will require a thumbs up from the FCC. AT&T and Straight Path expect the deal to close in about 12 months.

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Tesco Mobile offering Double Data on iPhones and SIM-only

Tesco Mobile offering Double Data on iPhones and SIM only
We’re only days away from the Easter break now so, before you spend all your cash on chocolate eggs, don’t forget to save some cash and get something a bit less fattening. Right now, and until Sunday 23rd April, Tesco Mobile (operating on the O2 network) have a double data offer on both SIM-only and iPhone contracts.

The deals on offer will see you receive 500MB of data instead of their previous 250MB for £7.50 a month. For that you’ll also get 500 minutes and 5000 texts on this SIM-only deal.

If you want an iPhone SE 16GB then, for £21.50 per month (£1 less than normal) you can get 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB data. That’s proper cheap for an iPhone. If you want the top-end iPhone 6S 32GB then it’s reduced to £32.50 per month (instead of £34) with 2GB of data, 1000 minutes and 5000 texts.

Deals start from today (Monday 10th) and end on to Sunday 23rd April. For more information on these deals, as well as other savings, head to tescomobile.com

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  • LG Smartwatches On Deck for Android Wear 2.0

    LG indicated via its Google+ page that it intends to update a handful of its oldest smartwatches to Android Wear 2.0. First up are the G Watch R and Watch Urbane, which should receive the new operating system this week. The Watch Urbane 2nd Ed. will see Android Wear 2.0 in early May. The new operating system has been wholly rethought by Google. It includes significant usability tweaks, and core features such as messaging and Google Assistant. In February, LG launched some of the first new watches to ship with the revised platform aboard, the Watch Sport and Watch Style. The G Watch R was one of the very first Android-based smartwatches to reach the market.

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    ConsentIQ Eases Privacy Compliance for Small Businesses

    April 10, 2017 — York, PA, USA — Today, PrivacyCheq announced ConsentIQ, a new privacy compliance management service for small and medium sized enterprises. Based on PrivacyCheq’s market-leading ConsentCheq SaaS technology platform, ConsentIQ provides an easily implemented privacy regulation compliance solution for any small business that captures private data and is therefore subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the pending ePrivacy regulation (sometimes known as the ‘cookie’ law).

    Roy Smith, PrivacyCheq’s CEO said, “Most of the 23 million enterprises within the European Union are small businesses that do not have the robust IT and compliance budgets that our big enterprise customers do. However, they usually have websites that use ‘cookies’ or capture some private information from customers, bringing them into the scope of the GDPR and ePrivacy regulations. We designed and built ConsentIQ specifically to serve these businesses that really had no other way to comply with the technical aspects of these new privacy regulations. ConsentIQ provides SMEs a world-class consent management solution that can be implemented easily and inexpensively.”

    With just three integration steps, ConsentIQ adds a polished multi-lingual privacy notice and consent experience to any website via the inclusion of a WordPress plugin or a small ConsentIQ-generated code snippet. Behind the scenes, all consent activity is logged and can be verified prior to marketing use via an API request. The annual ConsentIQ license includes unlimited privacy notices and API inquiries, a customizable “cookie’-style overlay, a reporting module for demonstrating compliance to regulators, and an admin dashboard. The base service includes up to 5 user touchpoints and up to 50,000 consent events per year.

    Because both GDPR and ePrivacy require data controllers to provide data subjects with easily understood and accessible consent management, ConsentIQ uses the ConsentCheq common consent dashboard, which provides data…
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    HawkEye – A secure charging solution for your smartphone

    If you’re travelling then you’ll no doubt need to charge your phone pretty often, sometimes in places which aren’t overly secure. In a coffee shop, in an airport or on a plane. Thing is, after you’ve charged up and unplugged your phone, you might remember the phone but forget the cable or your portable charger.

    HawkEye   A secure charging solution for your smartphone

    This then, the HawkEye, serves two purposes. It’ll make a beeping noise if you unplug it, serving as a reminder to take the cable and portable charger with you. Secondly, it serves as a security device, so if someone unplugs it then it’ll beep.

    Using it is pretty simple. It’s a small adapter that attaches to any USB cable to monitor your charging cable and anything that is connected to it. Any cable will work – it just plug into your USB charger and then plug your cable in the other side. Two green lights will illuminate and a small LED will also light up. If you unplug the whole unit from the powered USB input then it won’t alarm, which is how you’d want it really. However, if you remove your phone or the cable itself then the red LED will flash and a small sounded will beep.

    HawkEye   A secure charging solution for your smartphone

    It’s all very easy to use and, although that alarm sound isn’t overly loud, it’ll be loud enough to grab your attention. Pressing the button on the HawkEye activates the alarm. When alarmed it’ll sound when you unplug your phone. This indicates that your phone as either been taken or you’ve walked off with your phone and forgotten the cable.

    To be honest it’s super simple. If you’ve ever forgotten a cable or your charger, this could be useful. However, if you’re a regular traveller then you can imagine what a pain it is to leave a cable and possibly the charger or portable battery in a hotel room or a cafe somewhere. When you arrive at your next stop, you’re going to have a flat phone and absolutely no way of charging it. All those missed calls, those missed emails, those missed calendar appointments.

    HawkEye   A secure charging solution for your smartphone

    Want more information? Head to the Powerstick website for further details. Each one costs $14.

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  • A Smart Home System that Warns of Impending Disasters Using Predictive Algorithms

    There’s a new technology now called Predictive Machine Analytics that can help keep you and your family safe from possible threats in the home. OnePrevent is the latest example of a product and device that uses the technology. Thanks to machine learning, connected devices, and the growing range of available sensors, our homes are getting […]
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